Sebastian Vettel hits out at Formula One penalty system

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After a brief red flag period to recover Verstappen's auto, it was Vettel who posted the fastest lap with a 1m27.552s to lead Lewis Hamilton by 0.187s. "Not every decision can be the same, and I don't see the necessity to decide every time". "It was unbelievable to win here with so many Dutch fans".

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

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel now leads Hamilton by one point with three races to go - including the German GP on July 22 and in Hungary a week later - before Formula One's summer break.

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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. At one point, Fernando Alonso (McLaren) was running at the tail end of the field. Daniel Ricciardo finished eight tenths adrift of Vettel in P5, but team mate Verstappen, hoping for an incident-free session after his RB14 crawled to a halt towards the end of FP1 after suffering a gearbox failure, ended up without a time after losing the rear of his auto at Luffield with less than 20 minutes on the clock.

Vettel leads the title race with 146 points ahead of Hamilton on 145, Raikkonen on 101 and Ricciardo on 96. Look at how many wins I have had at this team. "Very consistent. No mistakes".

"I can only imagine the boys are on a high at the moment and they just need to continue to do that".

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"No, definitely not", he said, adding that this year's was no better: "We know we have less downforce this year than last year". Raikkonen grabbed second, but then ran off at Turn Two giving fellow-Finn Bottas a chance to recover second on the straight in a frantic opening lap.

Hamilton was hit with a five-place penalty in Bahrain following an unscheduled gearbox change. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 92 7. The four-time world champion went to school in Stevenage with Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young, who has been a regular fixture in Gareth Southgate's World Cup teams so far. The main reason was Mercedes' tactical blunder, which saw them staying out during the Virtual Safety Car while everyone else behind them dove in for a stop.

"It was awesome to win at the Red Bull Ring with so many Dutch fans here".

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In glorious sunny conditions, Vettel finished 0.187s ahead of his Mercedes rival - who set the quickest time in FP1 - to top an FP2 session for the first time this season. Chief strategist James Vowles made a public apology to Hamilton over the radio during last Sunday's race. But Raikkonen says the rules dictating team orders are clear at Ferrari and there was never any suggestion that he would have to give up second place at the Red Bull Ring. I'm not going to be able to pass these guys.

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