While Lewis Hamilton backtracked on his criticism of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on Monday, the Italian team’s chief Maurizio Arrivabene launched a scathing attack on the Mercedes team.
Hamilton said he had accepted the Finn’s apology for driving into him in Sunday’s British Grand Prix and learned from his own “dumb” reaction to the incident.
As Arrivabene raged at Mercedes’ ungentlemanly behavior and post-race suggestions of deliberate under-hand tactics, Hamilton said Sunday’s collision was “a racing incident and nothing more.”
The collision on the opening lap was the second in three races in which a Ferrari had hit a Mercedes to question the Italian team’s tactics.
“Kimi said sorry and I accept it and nothing more. Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it.”
Hamilton started the race from pole position but after a bad start and the collision with Raikkonen fell to 19th, and last, before recovering to finish second behind title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
In France, two weeks earlier, Vettel drove into Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes on the opening lap. In both cases, the stewards penalised the Ferrari drivers for the incidents.