Hamilton books a holiday for World Cup final

First-lap contact with Verstappen was fair- Raikkonen			Getty Images for Red Bull

First-lap contact with Verstappen was fair- Raikkonen Getty Images for Red Bull

Mercedes failed to score points at last weekend's grand prix after both cars retired with reliability issues, but prior to Lewis Hamilton's retirement the pit wall threw away the lead of the race by failing to pit Hamilton under a Virtual Safety Car.

Hamilton will be in search of a record sixth British Grand Prix victory Sunday - he's now tied with five along with Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

Renault's Cyril Abiteboul believes his team has the ability to bounce back at the British Grand Prix after a disappointing weekend in Austria, but insists Silverstone will be a challenge for the French squad.

"Obviously we know it was a hard weekend, of course, we would all have hoped it wasn't the way it was, but what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger", Hamilton said. "The spirit in the team is stronger than it has ever been".

"These experiences that we've been having, and how we've been handling them have really united us more than any other year". In trying to explain how he had lost the lead of the race, Mercedes head strategist James Vowles apologised twice to Hamilton over team radio, which was broadcast publically across television channels. There's a great energy within the team so we've passed through the painful experience and actually brought us closer and made us stronger. Immediately after the race, as soon as they got the auto back, that evening there was a fix that was designed and put into test mode.

Hamilton had already been on the back foot before he stopped, his vehicle suffering lost fuel pressure, after a glaring strategy error by Mercedes had cost him the lead.

France's Romain Grosjean scored his first points of the season with a bang, finishing a lapped fourth for the US-owned Haas team, who also had Denmark's Kevin Magnussen taking the chequered flag in fifth. "I hope they're sleeping well, I hope they're eating well because that's a large part of it, and ultimately just going out and enjoying themselves".

"Everyone is going to shift and get a bit better but ultimately we want to be improving faster than the others if possible but it ha been an up and down season".

" When you look at how many wins I have had with this team, we've had far far more success than we've had failures and nobody is flawless".

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