Hamilton retakes F1 lead with ‘miracle’ victory in Germany

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton regained the lead in the world drivers' championship on Sunday when he claimed one of the most memorable victories of his career by winning a rain-hit German Grand Prix for Mercedes after starting from 14th on the grid.

"There have been several crucial points where it's been up and down, back and forth".

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Then, with just 15 laps to run, Vettel was in the wall. He was angry with himself, kicking the gravel in frustration as he stepped out his auto. Irritated by what he perceived to be Hamilton's deliberately slow driving behind a safety auto, he accelerated alongside the British driver and then inexplicably swerved into the left side of his Mercedes.

"I threw it away". It was my mistake, " Vettel said.

Vettel had been on fresher tyres than Raikkonen and felt he was being badly held up by his team mate.

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Pole-sitter Vettel had been in control of his home race, and looked destined to increase his title advantage over Hamilton before a late rain shower ensured a spectacular end.

"So I think probably the gearbox broke with those big, big impacts, and that's it".

There was further drama after the race had concluded with Hamilton summoned to the stewards for crossing the pit lane entry line when he opted not to pit at the last moment after a series of conflicting messages from his team. An unfortunate crash by Sebastian Vettel resulted in Hamilton to take the lead as his opponents pitted following the next safety vehicle period.

"I hadn't thought about the championship".

Vettel, leading away in the lead, made a race defining error at Turn 12 when the German went off track and hit the wall which ended his race, and the incident caused a safety auto, which allowed his title rival to claim victory from starting fourteenth on the grid. "On Sunday I feel like I drove the best I can remember driving".

"That was highly unlikely, but you ve got to believe", Hamilton added.

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"It's been emotional, the most emotional day, up and down", he said.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo started at the back of the grid but failed to finish the race following a mechanical issue. German driver Nico Hulkenberg was fifth for Renault. On Saturday, Hamilton was slumped over his vehicle after he broke down in qualifying.

There was confusion at Mercedes, even with Hamilton out in front. They could easily jump to conclusions and say, oh well, they're doing this or they're doing that, instead of, you know what? "But it's good to see how much they care".

Nonetheless, the race stewards made a decision to issue Hamilton his first reprimand which means that his final race time remained unchanged.

Hamilton, age 10, racing the "four-poster bed" in 1995.

That did not go down well at a nervy Mercedes.

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A Mercedes spokesman said Hamilton, who is eight points behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the title battle at the halfway point in the season, had lost hydraulic pressure.

"The team eventually made the obvious switch around call in those circumstances, regardless of who is driving which auto". My dad spent the little bit of money he could to shave it down and respray it and made it as brand-new as it could be.

'Whatever the reason is, it's OK I forgive you. "What do you want?"

"In the first segment I felt that the machine will allow you to take the pole position, sometimes it's just understand. I just focus on mine", he said. That was only the 12th time that a driver had started that low and won. "I had the speed".

At the midway point of the season, Hamilton has a 17 point lead heading into next weekend's Hungarian GP.

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