This weekend the former will be in evidence as he races in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with Hamilton seeking to win for an unprecedented fifth year in succession.
"We'll see whether I continue with Ferrari or not". I just had to drive around the issue.
Raikkonen responded when an emphatic "no" when asked if he was surprised at retaining second, and expanded, commenting: "We've always said that we have very clear rules and that's what we go by since I've been in this team". Vettel placed third, 3.18 seconds behind Verstappen.
The top three in qualifying today finished closer together than any other result this season.
Forsberg strike clinches Sweden win over Switzerland
The referee initially pointed to the spot, only to overturn his original decision after consulting the VAR system. Sweden now await the victor of Colombia or England , with their quarter final to be played on Saturday.
Daniel Ricciardo and now Raikkonen have been linked with the seat.
For all the drivers, this race is the final part of an F1-first triple-header, three Grands Prix on successive weekends, with Britain following on the heels of Austria and France.
During that span, Verstappen, Raikkonen, and Vettel all went into the pit and changed to softer tires, while Hamilton passed.
Hamilton was hit with a five-place penalty in Bahrain following an unscheduled gearbox change. Chief strategist James Vowles acknowledged the blunder, telling Hamilton that it was his mistake. The Fin claimed he lost time in the second sector.
The last time that Hamilton retired was in 2016 when he crashed with teammate Nico Rosberg in the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton insisted that they should have won the race.