He clearly felt Ferrari had gained from an opening lap crash, in the same way they had when Vettel collided with Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix two weeks ago.
Vettel strengthens his stranglehold on the championship, and will now head to his home race in Germany in a fortnight's time with an eight-point advantage.
When racing resumed, it was Bottas in the lead, defending hard from Vettel.
The four-time champion seized the lead at the start and fought back after losing the initiative during two safety vehicle periods to register his second win at Silverstone and the 51st of his career. While Hamilton found himself up in third place. Ferrari opted to make Raikkonen serve this penalty out early on in the race, bringing him into the pits after 13 laps and sending him back out on track on medium compound tyres.
Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the field before finishing second for Mercedes in a superb fightback.
Cheered on by the vast majority of 140,000 partisan fans, Hamilton was driving like a man possessed, and was picking off his opponents easily. Hamilton refused to rule out the notion that Raikkonen had crashed into him on objective.
Force India's Esteban Ocon was a quiet but excellent seventh, as Fernando Alonso passed Magnussen in a fiery late fight to finish eighth. Daniel Ricciardo had already made his second pit stop just before the safety auto was deployed and was in sixth place.
Lewis Hamilton was on the back foot from the start. That result means that Ferrari now have a 20-point lead over Mercedes in the constructors' championship.
Then the race took another unexpected twist when Swede Marcus Ericsson crashed out at 200mph.
Mercedes found their tactics under scrutiny yet again at Silverstone after leaving both drivers out on the track after Marcus Ericsson's late crash led to the safety vehicle being deployed. Hamilton stayed close in third, hoping for a chance. The Brit, however, was straight on the radio.
With fourteen laps to go a second safety vehicle period caused by Carlos Sainz [Renault] and Romain Grosjean [Haas] came together.
The response from his race engineer Pete Bonnington was simple.
Reading a text message sent to him by Vowles after the race, Wolff said: "There were a number of unfair comments against you (Wolff) after Austria". "It is all there".
The safety auto was out again after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz collided.
The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed.
"He is reflecting about how much he loves racing and what happens when he doesn't love it anymore", Wolff said. A blanket could be thrown over the leading four cars as they scrapped for position.
Second place, after a first lap collision and spin, was great damage limitation and a fine drive by Hamilton, but Mercedes have been letting too many bankable points slip through their fingers.