The collision resulted in Vettel spinning his Ferrari and damaging the front wing while Hamilton's vehicle survived undamaged and he went on to win the race and increase his championship lead to 30 points.
Pole-sitter Raikkonen made a good start and led for Ferrari as Vettel was attacked behind him by Hamilton, who took the outside line going into the chicane and found the pace to move narrowly ahead.
The tow, coupled with a scruffy final lap by Vettel, provided Raikkonen with enough speed to edge out Ferrari's number one championship contender by 0.161 seconds, and Hamilton by 0.175 sec.
The Briton's sixth win of the season lifted him to 256 points, to his German rival's 226. "Then I was the one who spun around, which was ironic".
"I want to give it up to Ferrari who put up a great challenge and gave us a great fight", said Hamilton after the race. I had no other chance than to run into him and make contact. "I think they gave us a lot of support and we didn't deliver for whatever reason". I was surprised that Sebastian went to the left but then we got into Turn 1 and I think there was a small touch between us.
"I tried to get out there but I couldn't".
"I think there was enough space between us". "We did a few laps but after that it was like having a day in the office when you don't have too much work to do - I was even snoozing in the vehicle at one point! "
Hamilton, though, sits 17 points ahead in the championship.
"It was unfortunate for us to get spun around and have a lot of damage but it could have been also him that spins around and us carrying on".
Hamilton's overtaking move on Vettel was investigated by the stewards but they took no action, deeming it a racing incident.
Once again, Vettel's temperament was called into question after a collision that some pundits felt might have been avoided; he viewed it differently, of course. "So, I really enjoyed it thoroughly, to be honest". "I am sorry for our Tifosi because they just deserved a different result".
Hamilton admits it has been tough to fight with Ferrari in recent races, but Mercedes are pushing as hard as they can to reclaim their position at the top of the pile, and he knows that they will be putting everything they can into this weekend's race.