The crash was quickly under investigation by race stewards with Raikkonen being handed a 10-second penalty.
"I think we need to improve our vehicle until the end of the year, that will be key because then you have something to fight, and if you have something to fight and something to play with, you can make things happen". Unfortunate because at Le Castellet, it was the first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out. That result means that Ferrari now have a 20-point lead over Mercedes in the constructors' championship.
But spurred on by a record 140,000 race-day crowd, the home favourite drove superbly to race back to second place and said on Twitter afterwards he "used every ounce of energy fighting up the grid".
Hamilton goes into tomorrow's British Grand Prix on point behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel. This morning he had a lot of treatment and to be honest, before the race I was really very concerned about him but today he fought like a lion. "I gave him enough space but that was not enough: we still made contact and I lost the place".
An angry Hamilton said immediately after the Silverstone race: "Interesting tactics I would say from this side but we'll do what we can to fight them".
According to Autosport, Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes F1, simply referred to the event as a "racing incident". "I had the advantage of the tyres, but it was not easy to find a way through". The Briton clarified that the event was merely a "racing incident"-sharing Wolff's thoughts".
It was Hamilton's sixth pole at the Silverstone Circuit and his fourth of the 2018 season.
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They had been trapped inside the Tham Luang cave for more than two weeks. "Very courageous and talented people!" he tweeted. Another video from Thai PBS showed an ambulance arriving at a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai, near the cave network.
"Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it", he added.
However, he was playing catch-up from as early as the third turn of the race, with Kimi Raikkonen locking his front wheel and sliding into Hamilton's rear, causing the Mercedes to spin.
Lewis Hamilton struggled to hide his disappointment on Sunday as he avoided a post-race interview and ignored one of his Ferrari rivals after finishing second to Sebastian Vettel in the British Grand Prix.
And I think Lewis has his engineers to thank for the second place finish.
Silverstone was also the last round where we will see Pirelli's thinner gauge tyres.
"This is the greatest crowd in the world, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to bring it home for them".
"The neck held up and that was a race I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed it a lot". "My view, I did the best that I could, but there seems to be opposite looks of what I'm doing unfortunately".
"If you can't understand and appreciate that, then I fully understand".