Sebastian Vettel defends Lewis Hamilton's comments after British GP

Title challenger Sebastian Vettel has supported Lewis Hamilton after the Englishman’s ‘silly’ reaction to the collision with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen during the first lap at Silverstone.

Despite dropping down to 18th, Hamilton recovered to finish the race behind Vettel in second.

Nevertheless, he was still upset by the first lap setback and described the incident as ‘interesting tactics’ from Ferrari, sparking further controversy.

The defending champ quickly retracted his comments, however, and posted: “Sometimes we say dumb s**t and we learn from it,” on social media.

Vettel, who himself has been known to fly off the handle at similar incidents, refused to criticise Hamilton and can understand why he said what he did.

“I think it’s fine,” he said, per Sky Sports. “Obviously it was silly to say it but we are racing, we’ve all been there and it’s never great if you are hit without doing anything wrong.

“It’s also fine to express your opinion even if it’s not right or reasonable. It’s human, so I think it’s fine.”

Ferrari came out to acknowledge Hamilton’s retracted comments on social media, saying: “We appreciate Lewis Hamilton’s comments today following Kimi Raikkonen’s apologies after the British GP, notably when Lewis described the episode at the start as a ‘racing incident’.”

The other big Hamilton news this week regards his new two-year deal with Mercedes.

And Vettel was also asked about the prospect of going wheel-to-wheel with Lewis for two more years. 

“Congrats!” said Vettel. “I don’t know why it took so long but I think it was pretty clear. You want to fight the best and Lewis has been one of the best since he entered Formula 1.”

After securing a victory at Hamilton’s home race last time out, the Brit will be seeking immediate revenge on Vettel at this weekend’s German GP.

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