LONDON, July 9: Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has accepted an apology from Kimi Raikkonen and recognised that their first lap collision in Sunday’s British Grand Prix was a racing incident and not deliberate.
The Mercedes driver, who fought back from last to second after being sent spinning at the third corner by Ferrari’s Finn, had spoken immediately after the race of the Italian team’s ‘interesting tactics’.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff had suggested two collisions between Ferraris and his cars in three races were either deliberate or incompetent.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel also collided with Mercedes Valtteri Bottas in France last month.
“Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on. It was a racing incident and nothing more,” Hamilton posted on Instagram.
“Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it.”
Wolff’s comments had angered Ferrari principal Maurizio Arrivabene, particularly as he had referenced former Ferrari technical director James Allison, who is now working for Mercedes.