Hamilton then passed teammate Bottas at the same spot a lap later to seal second and Kimi Raikkonen made it a hat-trick of late passes at Brooklands to demote his countryman from the podium entirely. It was the second time a Ferrari has hit us in the first corner. There was 15 or 16 laps until the end with mediums that would last.
Vettel, who increased his narrow lead in the driver standings, responded by dismissing the talk as "quite silly". We made a decision to go for the track position, it was the right call in my view, and we wouldn't have won the race otherwise in my opinion.
Raikkonen, who completed the podium for Ferrari, was handed a 10-second penalty for the early incident involving Hamilton.
After 10 events, Vettel leads the championship on 171 points, followed by Hamilton with 163 and Raikkonen with 116.
'The Safety Car spiced it up, it was a nice battle with Valtteri! Ericsson tried to keep DRS open through the corner, only for his auto to spear into the barrier at high speed.
Ferrari was quick to react, bringing both Vettel and Raikkonen in for a fresh set of Soft tyres.
Hamilton then clawed his way back through the field to get within contention for a top 5 spot.
Hamilton said that his immediate post-race remarks were down to the exhaustion he felt after such a demanding race.
Vettel's best chance came on Lap 47 when he was able to gain six-tenths through the first sector before popping DRS open on the Wellington Straight. Vettel finished fifth that day with Bottas seventh while Hamilton won.
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He expanded further in the post race press conference, where race victor Sebastian Vettel sat between him and Raikkonen.
Raikkonen said he simply locked a wheel under braking at Turn 3 and pointed out that accidents often happen on the first lap of a race. "He spun, my bad", said the 2007 world champion.
After the race, the Mercedes driver struggled to hide his disappointment.
Bottas was fourth with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Nico Hulkenberg sixth for Renault.
Force India's Esteban Ocon put together a clean and tidy qualifying session Saturday afternoon at Silverstone, and one that put the Frenchman back among the top ten where he belongs.
Fernando Alonso was the leading midfield driver on a two-stop strategy, finishing the race eighth.
"This is the greatest race of the year and the greatest crowd", he added. In France, I lost my wing so I screwed my race.
Pierre Gasly rounded out the points-paying positions for Toro Rosso in P10, but is under investigation after a run-in with Sergio Perez when passing at Luffield.
Despite a long term contract which secured the race until 2026, it finally dawned on the circuit's owners - the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) - that the deal agreed with Bernie Ecclestone which included an annual 5% increment, meant that by the end of the contract what had begun as an £11.5m fee would have risen to £25m.