Mercedes doing 'a lot of work' on race starts

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Lewis Hamilton lead Sebastian Vettel eaely in the race before things started falling apart.

Prior to Sunday's race Silverstone had become something of a fortress for Mercedes, with a run of five consecutive victories dating back to Nico Rosberg's surprise victory in 2013.

Following the French Grand Prix, a race in which Hamilton finished first, Toto Wolff expressed that he was keen on finishing the deal as soon as possible, making vague statements such as, "I expect it to be done very, very soon".

Here's what we learnt from the F1 British GP.

It was Hamilton that drew first blood at the United Kingdom track, claiming pole position ahead of the Ferrari's of Vettel and Raikkonen, Bottas followed in fourth as the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo locked out the third row of the grid. "In [technical director] James Allison's words, 'do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?'". "I'm not comfortable at all", he said. Hamilton sliced past him on the next lap to steal second and Raikkonen relieved him of third on lap 49.

Ferrari brushed off the complaints, but the gloves are now off between the two teams. With 11 laps remaining, the race started once more.

His Mercedes team gambled by refusing to change the Englishman's tyres when the safety vehicle was first employed, allowing the four-time world champion to partially recover the situation. The win was his second in the last four races and the 51st of his Formula 1 career. Perhaps Hamilton, still fuelled with adrenalin after his remarkable comeback drive, can be excused for his comments, but Mercedes really should know better.

It was nearly Formula 1 - just slower: drivers contested the British Pedal Car Grand Prix in homemade cars powered by turning feet rather than high octane fuel. For Mercedes, a defeat on home turf just two weeks after a double retirement in Austria - both races where the team had expected to win - was hard to take.

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Hamilton, from his record 76th pole, appeared bogged down as he responded and was instantly in a scrap for third with Raikkonen, who collided with the Briton under braking into Turn Three.

Valtteri Bottas admitted that not coming in under the Safety Car may have been a mistake as he slipped from P1 to P4 during the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton's charge up the field proved that he is a brilliant driver, but also highlighted the difference between the engines in F1.

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The incident that led to the first safety auto was a shocking crash for Sauber's Ericsson, who lost control at 180mph and ploughed into a tyre wall.

"Obviously the safety vehicle spiced it up, but it was a nice battle", he said. I could see the fans every single corner, every lap, cheering.