"Thank you for loving me for being with all my flaws", the 33-year-old wrote on Instagram. "He took quite a bit of money from Maranello as well".
Vettel had revelled in beating Hamilton in front of his loyal fans and the Herts-born racer will have to hit back in the German's own home race in Hockenheim on Sunday week.
The win was Vettel's fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and once-dominant champions Mercedes' first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo era started.
But the emotions on Sunday weren't confined to the Italian team.
In both cases, the penalty did not seem sufficient to satisfy Mercedes, or their drivers, after their races were wrecked by rivals' mistakes. The accusations were well wide of the mark.
Fernando Alonso scored four points for McLaren after a torrid week for the struggling British team, which lost its racing director, Eric Boullier, in a swingeing restructure just days before the race.
Lewis Hamilton may race in Formula One for another five years, his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has claimed.
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Conspiracy theories bounces around the internet after every race weekend, but it's rare to see the touchpaper lit by someone in Wolff's position. "Who is he [Allison] to judge what the drivers are doing in the auto?" the Scuderia boss told Sky Italia. "It was not a straightforward race".
"The rear of the vehicle was moving around a lot, particularly with the left-handers and obviously I had been hit on the right".
Raikkonen, who finished third, accepted his guilt and felt the penalty, a ten-second stop-go, was an appropriate sanction. "Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it". With 11 laps remaining, the race started once more.
About conceding the lead to championship leader Sebastian Vettel from pole, Lewis Hamilton can have no quarrel.
Their fierce rivalry on the track spilled over into a war of words in the paddock as Lewis Hamilton railed against what he called "interesting tactics" after a Ferrari collided with a Mercedes for the second time in three races at Sunday's British Grand Prix.
Later, he also admitted that he deserved some of the criticism that came his way. He should really start first. "Who is he to judge what the drivers are doing in the vehicle?" The Briton's bid to regain the advantage and win his home race for a record sixth time got off to a good start when he went quickest in the morning's running with a 1:27.487 - half a second faster than Vettel's best effort.
In Germany and Hungary, Mercedes faces two track layouts where victory is far less certain than it was in France, Austria and Great Britain.
Instead, Mercedes suspects the complaints over the team radio early in the race were triggered by how bad the vehicle felt in the turbulent air of other cars. Ferrari countered in Silverstone with a new floor and rear wing and ran Mercedes much closer in qualifying than anyone expected.