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Hamilton to 'move on' after Raikkonen apology for Silverstone clash

Autosport logo Autosport 09/07/2018 Scott Mitchell

a motorcycle is parked on the side of a road: Hamilton to 'move on' after Raikkonen apology © LAT Images Hamilton to 'move on' after Raikkonen apology

Lewis Hamilton says he has accepted an apology from Kimi Raikkonen for their first-lap clash in last weekend's British Grand Prix and wants to "move on" from the incident.

Hamilton was spun around by the Ferrari driver at Turn 3 at Silverstone, which dropped him to 18th and necessitated a charge through the order to finish second.

The collision sparked huge scrutiny over the Ferrari vs Mercedes 2018 fight as it came just two races after Raikkonen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel wiped out the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in France.

Hamilton hinted at "interesting tactics" from Ferrari post-race but took to Instagram on Monday to say: "Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on.

a group of football players on a field: Hamilton to 'move on' after Raikkonen apology © LAT Images Hamilton to 'move on' after Raikkonen apology

"It was a racing incident and nothing more.

"Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it".

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said after the race that he was "not comfortable at all with the incident because it's tiresome being taken out in the first lap".

He had earlier told Sky Sports F1 that Mercedes technical director James Allison had asked "do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?" during the race.

Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 8, 2018   Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the race on the podium with second placed Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and third placed Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen   Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs © Reuters Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 8, 2018 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the race on the podium with second placed Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and third placed Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

That Allison remark was then put to Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene, who told Italian TV that he hoped it was a joke or he would otherwise be extremely displeased.

But it is believed that Allison's comment was made in jest, and has not caused a serious problem between the two teams.

Wolff even clarified his initial remark later on Sunday when speaking to Polish TV channel Eleven Sports.

"I said you need to question whether it was incompetence or deliberate - a stupid comment of mine in the emotion," he said.

Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 8, 2018   Mercedes Lewis Hamilton stops for tyres during the race   REUTERS/Andrew Yates © Reuters Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 8, 2018 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton stops for tyres during the race REUTERS/Andrew Yates

"But it was just a stupid manoeuvre and a stupid manoeuvre that happened a second time in three races - that's why [I had] the emotion."

Hamilton used his Instagram account post-race to address his absence from the immediate interviews before the podium ceremony.

Claiming he had lost "nearly 3kg" in his recovery drive, Hamilton said he "barely had any energy at the end to stand, let alone talk".

Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 8, 2018   Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before the race   REUTERS/Andrew Yates © Reuters Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 8, 2018 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Andrew Yates

"If you can't understand and appreciate that then I fully understand," he added.

"[It] was nothing to do with anger, [I was] literally just exhausted both physically and emotionally."

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