Explaining the move immediately after the race, he said: "I was able to surprise him, I think he thought that I wouldn't dare [to go down] the inside and the braking zone was coming quite fast".
He had brought it down to 2.4s when Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his auto when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.
Subsequently asked to expand on his comment, Hamilton said: "All I'd say is that it's now two races that the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes, and a five-second penalty and a ten-second penalty doesn't appear to feel. ultimately it spoils the race". I was last but I still believed I could win and I had to keep that mentality to get back up there. But Ferrari, the victor with championship leader Sebastian Vettel, dismissed the suggestion and others also jumped to its defence. The Sauber driver spun off across the gravel into the barriers at high speed.
The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed.
Silverstone - Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff both suggested Sunday that Ferrari's crashes with their team's cars might be more than just unlucky "racing incidents". The decision promoted Bottas into the lead ahead of Vettel, with Hamilton third and Max Verstappen - also on fresh softs - fourth ahead of Raikkonen.
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The system incorporates several aspects of a vehicle and driver's performance on a race day. First, Valtteri Bottas turning in some unreal defensive moves to hold off Vettel, before the German's remarkable pass on the Finn for the win late on. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton.
Hamilton and Raikkonen were also in the frame at the front, with just 1.4 seconds separating the top four drivers heading into the final eight laps of the race.
Vettel in contrast was rewarded for a brilliant start in which he overtook Hamilton within metres on the opening straight. Unfortunate because Le Castellet first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out.
Brendon Hartley had to withdraw from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone after the first lap.
The Finn was unable to keep Vettel at bay as the four-time champ used his fresher tyres to sweep into the lead but Hamilton also overtook Bottas easily to take the chequered flag just a couple of seconds behind. It nevertheless marked an impressive drive from the 2007 world champion following his earlier penalty.
But the Mercedes driver struggled to hide his disappointment.
Daniel Ricciardo came home fifth for Red Bull ahead of Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Esteban Ocon of Force India, Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Kevin Magnussen of Haas.