Hamilton, though, drove superbly from then on. But with Vettel firing on all cylinders and temperatures set to top 30 degrees and bake the newly-laid track surface, the four-time world champion believes it could be his toughest test of the season so far. 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. The British GP marks the second time that the reds collided with a Silver Arrows race vehicle.
That dropped the Mercedes man to the back of the pack and Raikkonen was handed a ten second time penalty, served at the first round of pit stops.
"Every race now, it's going to be extremely important for us to try to get more points than Ferrari, and for myself, I think I'm only sixth in the drivers' standings so for sure I need to start getting those bigger points". But Ferrari, the victor with championship leader Sebastian Vettel, dismissed the suggestion and others also jumped to its defence. However, he said that none have been forthcoming. Allision asked the Mercedes F1 boss, "Do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?" And that's precisely where I am.
Raikkonen held his hand up and admitted he had made a mistake.
"If you can't understand and appreciate that then I fully understand", he added. But it has to be long-term. Bottas managed to keep Ricciardo at bay to finish fourth, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth for Renault after taking advantage of the messy first lap to jump five places.
Lewis Hamilton has his own plans of bringing it home. "Maybe we would have had the chance and maybe not".
Mercedes AMG Petronas recently addressed the issues regarding their first lap collisions with Scuderia Ferrari in Formula 1.
The team did a great job this weekend and there's been a lot of pressure on for us all. "A thing that they (Mercedes) haven't done".
In a Sky Sports online poll conducted after the Paul Ricard event, more than 70 per cent of respondents said Vettel had deserved a harsher sanction. "In Monza they push for us". I'll never give up.
Hamilton said that his immediate post-race remarks were down to the exhaustion he felt after such a demanding race.
Vettel, Verstappen and Raikkonen all stopped for fresh soft-compound rubber, but Bottas and Hamilton had no new soft tyres left, so the team left both drivers out to pick up track position, promoting the former into the lead and the latter to third place, sandwiching Vettel in second.