"I only saw it briefly but I don't think there was any intention and I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there".
And Raikkonen has now been punished and given 10-second penalty for causing a collision.
Hamilton, from his record 76th pole, appeared bogged down as he responded and was instantly in a scrap for third with Raikkonen, who collided with the Briton under braking into Turn Three.
After that, the Finn followed what were presumably team orders and allowed Hamilton through into second, which meant the points gap with Vettel was extended, but not as vast a chasm as it would have been.
The lead had changed hands twice in this race, with the safety auto out a couple times as well.
"Dead last to P2, that's an awesome effort", Mercedes told Hamilton. He went on to make reference to Vettel taking out Valtteri Bottas on the first lap of the French Grand Prix two weeks ago, but stopped short of saying Raikkonen defnitely hit him on objective at Silverstone.
"Obviously it's a racing incident and I can't see behind me".
"The situation is hard to judge", said Vettel , "because we haven't seen much today and mostly collected data, and also because time is limited between the two sessions". "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up. Interesting tactics I would say from their side (Ferrari), but we'll do what we can to fight them".
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In a final flurry, Hamilton passed Bottas for second and Raikkonen beat his compatriot to the final podium place.
"At the third corner I locked the wheel so I ended up hitting Lewis on the rear corner".
"I'm not sure why, but I think more or less I had two laps that were identical".
"That's how it goes sometimes".
Elsewhere, solid drives from Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg pushed them level with Force India in the points table.
Hamilton was 29 seconds behind leader Vettel and 11 behind Raikkonen, but he was turning in the quickest laps of the race, and when Daniel Ricciardo stopped for a second time, he was up to fifth.
Monaco's Charles Leclerc had also been on course to score for Sauber but was ordered to stop after an unsafe release from the pits while in eighth place.