Hamilton seals remarkable German Grand Prix victory after Vettel crashes out

Summoned Lewis Hamilton has been called in to see the stewards after his German GP winMore

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has won the 2018 German GP held at Hockenheim as championship leader Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) crashed out in the closing stages of the race.

- "The fact that the infringement took place during a Safety Car period". "Even if you experience the slightest lock up there, you immediately go off".

Hamilton conceded that he thought that a victory was unlikely, but said that his pre-race prayers were answered; believing that the rain helped rid the negativity surrounding his qualifying and grid position. Haas will look to stay out of the barriers and McLaren wants a qualifying improvement.

"Miracles do happen", Hamilton's race engineer Pete Bonnington said to the Brit after he took the win.

Vettel should have moved as many as 21 points ahead of Hamilton, but will head to the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday 17 points behind the Briton after his catastrophic retirement.

"I saw there was leaking oil and I knew that I had to stop and let them put the auto away somewhere. I would always start at the back and would have to make my way through more experienced and faster karts and that's where I learned to do it".

Furthermore, archrival Sebastian Vettel was on pole position in a supremely quick Ferrari and gunning to extend his championship lead.




"It was really confusing because they were all panicking on the pit wall, I was probably the only relaxed one", he said.

On an extraordinary day, Hamilton's victory had hung in the balance for close to 90 minutes after he was hauled in front of the stewards for aborting a late pit-stop, cutting across the grass, and rejoining the track. "We have not been so lucky in the races this year but the team knows how I am performing, and this is a great sign of confidence in me and my driving". I'd already lost the race before that with the safety auto so it didn't really go my way.

"It's usually not our strongest track, but I'm hopeful it's not a power circuit", he said, referring to the dusty, tight and technical Hungaroring where chassis performance is important "Hopefully this extra chunk of power that Ferrari have found doesn't serve them as well there and we have a decent fight". "It was a small mistake but a big impact on the race". It freaks me out a little bit more than normal.

Vettel got out of his Ferrari cockpit, and trudged across the gravel, kicking his right foot at the sand in frustration.

Vettel subsequently apologized but by September the German driver had lost his way, never regaining the momentum after a huge mistake in Singapore.

"It was still some rain and it was pretty decent grip and the tyres were still cold but I think the ultrasoft worked pretty well in that rainy condition". "I realised quickly that it was over", said Vettel, who again played down his mistake.

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