Lewis Hamilton has put behind his British Grand Prix disappointment and accepted Kimi Raikkonen’s apology for the Ferrari drivers’ first lap blunder.
The encounter between the men at Silverstone Turn 3 set Hamilton back and forced the Mercedes to charge from behind, which he impressively did, ultimately finishing the race second to championship rival Sebastian Vettel.
After the race, in the heat of the moment, Hamilton said Ferrari had used “interesting tactics”, hinting that Raikkonen’s move had perhaps been deliberate.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added fuel to the fire by quoting his technical director James Allison, who allegedly said that the Ferrari’s antics were either “deliberate or incompetent”.
Raikkonen lost no time owning up to his mistake however, and Hamilton – through a series of message son social media – has accepted his apology and vowed to move on, while also recognizing that perhaps his words had gone beyond his thoughts.
“Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on. It was a racing incident and nothing more,” Hamiltont wrote on Instagram
“Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it,” he added.