Hamilton rewards Mercedes with epic win in Germany

23 Juillet, 2018, 13:07 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Sebastian Vettel snags German Grand Prix pole Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes breaks down

In a statement stewards said there was clearly an infringement, but decided only to issue a reprimand. He was forced out of qualifying after a hydraulics failure, and could only watch as Sebastian Vettel took pole; he started 14th. I prayed as I always do before the race and my prayers were really answered, it freaks me out a little bit and to see the biblical storm afterwards.

"I think it's disappointing because up until that point everything was sweet, but yeah, as I said, we didn't need the rain".

Asked how he would process such a disastrous end to a home race that was his to lose, and which he lost, he replied: "Well I was in the barrier and realized I won't get out from there.so how do you process that?" he snapped.

But, at the team's home race, Mercedes called off the fight: "Valtteri, this is James (Vowles - chief strategist)".

Meanwhile it was emotion of a different kind on the Mercedes radio, as the team celebrated: "Miracles do happen, Lewis".

"Losing points or positions through accidents or the double DNF (non-finish) in Austria, being in the lead with a one-two".

The luckless Vettel, still seeking his first victory on his "home" track 30 kilometres from his birthplace, was left to reflect on a near-perfect weekend wrecked by one split-second mistake on lap 52.

Hamilton rewards Mercedes with epic win in Germany

The German, locked in a yo-yo duel with Hamilton to be the first to claim a fifth title, was leading when he slid off in the rain.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff explained why the decision had been made.

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But the Finn, who has previously obeyed team orders but now looks set to be leaving the team at the end of the year, demanded the Ferrari pit wall told him straight if they wanted to orchastrate a change of position.

"Yeah we had a strong vehicle, I think we can be as confident as more than anybody else, " Vettel added.

But he picked off the competition one-by-one with ruthless precision, the field powerless to the Mercedes' pace, rising 13 places to earn one of the most remarkable wins of his career.

Kimi Raikkonen finished in third place with Max Verstappen fourth. Also benefiting from the conditions were Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Marcus Ericsson and Brendon Hartley, who completed the top ten.

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