There was trouble for another French driver as Pierre Gasly stopped with more than half an hour of the session remaining.
Hamilton appeared humble at the news conference Thursday in contrast to the emotions he showed four days earlier when he realized he wouldn't finish in Austria. I don't see the necessity to decide every time. But that's what the sport has developed into. "I think that obviously Mercedes has got so used to being at the front, qualifying on the front row, and any at race that they are not on the podium it is disastrous".
'Austria was a hard weekend, ' said Hamilton. Carlos said it was no problem and he completely understood, he was very chilled, and I still ended up with a penalty. Their published ruling emphasised that they had reviewed all alleged impeding incidents since the beginning of 2016 and their decision was consistent. 'We all wished it wasn't the way it was, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
But Lewis Hamilton, chasing a record sixth British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone on Sunday, has shrugged off the setback as an aberration rather than any deeper cause for alarm. This left Hamilton 7.7 seconds ahead of Verstappen when a Virtual Safety Car was deployed to allow for Bottas' car to be removed. "There's a great energy about the team". If we make sure we do things correctly and deliver 100 percent I believe we'll outperform the others. "It's my mistake. Do what you can", replied Mercedes strategist James Vowles.
"I do really feel like I have the best strategy team behind me".
"I think that if you look at Mercedes' history, the team is basically what Ross [Brawn] put in place several years ago". We have had far more success than failures. Maybe ten years ago it was more likely that every team, every vehicle, would stop at some point in a race but we've seen in the last few years that's very unlikely that it will happen.
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Ahead, Verstappen, who has received criticism aplenty for the errors that he's made over the course of the 2018 season, took his first win of the year. The upheaval continued this week when racing director Eric Boullier, a Frenchman who joined from Lotus in 2014, resigned, after technical head Tim Goss was moved aside in April. Red Bull - 189 4.
"It has been an up-and-down season, I can't really explain it", Hamilton said. "I don't get it guys".
'I'm focused on what we do. "I think everyone needs to recognise that".
"Ferrari were probably better than us on tyres and we knew they would come back at us".
Fernando Alonso also had a big wobble as his McLaren ran wide on Turn 13 but he managed to recover.
McLaren's nearest midfield rivals were Renault, Nico Hulkenberg less than a tenth behind two-time world champion Alonso in seventh.