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Mercedes boss defends his driver.

Toto Wolff hits back at Romain Grosjean for Lewis Hamilton remarks

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Lewis Hamilton closed the gap in the F1 Drivers' Championship to a single point as he won the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Brit came in first ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who placed second, and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who came in at third.

Current leader of the standings Sebastian Vettel finished a distant seventh, and saw his lead in the Championship table cut to a mere point after a subdued result.

It was a vintage performance from Hamilton, who went on to win his fifth British Grand Prix title, tying the record of most British GP wins by Alain Prost and Jim Clark.

He also recorded a ‘Grand Slam’ performance – the combined feat of pole win, race win, fastest lap, and leading every lap in the race.

This was the fifth such instance of his career and third of this year alone, marking an impressive 2017 for the Merc driver.

A particular individual, however, was not impressed by Hamilton.

Romain Grosjean of Haas-Ferrari complained after the race that Hamilton had blocked him in Q3 at Silverstone.

He felt that he had been impeded by Hamilton on the left-hand turn into Club as he finished his first run in the final shootout session. The Haas team suspected Grosjean had lost around three tenths of a second in the incident and would have beaten Stoffel Vandoorne to ninth place.

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An enquiry was launched into the matter by race stewards; their analysis of the situation was that while Hamilton had got in Grosjean's way, he had not cost the Frenchman anything.

Consequently, Hamilton was cleared of any wrongdoing and was able to hold on to his pole position.

A statement issued by the FIA said: "The stewards examined video and telemetry evidence and concluded that while GRO may potentially have been affected by the presence of HAM at Turn 16, he was not impeded."

Grosjean remained unconvinced and went as far as suggesting that the FIA only let the Hamilton off because he was fighting for the World Championship.

The Mercedes boss has now hit back at Grosjean, and has suggested that he should stop ‘moaning’ and thank his lucky stars that he is still in F1.

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"There are some that moan all the time," said Wolff, when asked to respond to Grosjean's remarks.

"They just continue moaning. I don't want to even comment. If Romain Grosjean comes out and starts asking for penalties for other drivers, you should rather look at his track record.

"He should be happy he is driving in F1."

It is noteworthy that Grosjean is no stranger to race penalties.

At the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix, he was handed a one-race ban for his role in the infamous crash at the beginning of the race. Not only was he fined €50,000, but he was barred from entering the next race at the Italian Grand Prix.

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