Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said after the race that he was "not comfortable at all with the incident because it's tiresome being taken out in the first lap".
"There is no way I can compete with new tyres", he said.
After the race, Hamilton had pointed out that twice in three races a Ferrari driver had collided with a Mercedes on the first lap.
"Really, really pleased with the result" remarked race victor Vettel, "especially here, a track that we've struggled at in the past, it was nice to see that we were strong all weekend and able to fight for the win, obviously we got the lead back in the end, it felt very satisfying". "If their tussle has been largely civil so far this season, the ill will brewing between F1's two most dominant teams suggests that battles in the 11 races to come could be anything but".
The collision on the opening lap was the second in three races in which a Ferrari had hit a Mercedes, which led to several at Mercedes to question the Italian team's tactics.
Asked if it was because of the first-lap clash, Hamilton said: "Not at all. No". "It was really hurting yesterday". But after yesterday's very close qualifying session, it was encouraging to see the underlying pace of the vehicle - and that we had better tyre usage than our competitors.
In a subsequent response to a fan who defended Hamilton, she added: "Just to be clear, I was not talking about the driver but the team who was crying afterwards that someone did something on objective".
Vettel, however, who now leads Hamilton by eight points in the title standings, vehemently denied any foul play.
Hamilton, forced in to a spin, continued last on track, while Raikkonen was later deemed responsible by the stewards and given a ten-second penalty.
Hamilton's charge up the field proved that he is a brilliant driver, but also highlighted the difference between the engines in F1. It's absolutely right that they push for Hamilton.
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