Hamilton claims 'miraculous' German F1 victory

Lewis Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes until 2020

Lewis Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes until 2020

Carlos Sainz Jr. was classified at the foot of the top 10 but a penalty for passing behind the Safety Car relegated him down the order, promoting Brendon Hartley to the final points-paying position.

"It was just the most confusing second and a half".

Heavy rain played havoc late on as Vettel misjudged a basic entry into a turn and slid over the gravel into the barriers with 15 laps to go. The Mercedes pit wall then ordered Bottas to stand down and hold position to make it a team 1-2. He was angry with himself, kicking the gravel in frustration as he stepped out his vehicle.

Max Verstappen's decision to pit for Intermediates handed Hamilton fourth, which became third when Vettel crashed out.

Vettel said it was not for want of any effort by the organisers.

Lewis Hamilton's main problem in Hockenheim qualifying was a hydraulic failure, but arguably a bigger issue is that Ferrari has made huge strides with its power unit.

He had headed into the race eight points clear of Hamilton at the head of the drivers' standings and was poised to leave with a large advantage before the rain turned the race on its head. Hamilton, concerned that he was coming across as a sore loser, apologised for his remarks, and said sorry to Raikkonen, too, in a series of emotional Instagram messages on the Monday following his home race. "They asked me to explain what happened and I was 100% apologetic". 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.

Earlier, not even Vettel's crash could distract him.

Lewis Hamilton avoids pitting at the last minute, cutting across the grass to get back on track.

"I hadn't thought about the championship". "He stayed out and I had to stop". German driver Nico Hulkenberg was fifth for Renault.

The Ferrari crashed out on lap 51 and triggered a safety auto.

Mercedes has often taken the blame for Hamilton's setbacks, right up to the top.

"But it was the moment that gave us the win and we were punching the air in our garage, but I can still feel sympathy for him".

But it is expected that Vettel, back at the circuit where he saw his first F1 race as a boy, will be scrapping with Hamilton as the two four-time champions lock horns again.

That did not go down well at a nervy Mercedes.

"After the Safety Car went out we were free to race and I think we had a nice battle with Lewis", Bottas said.

The Finn had been running in second place to Sebastian Vettel for much of the afternoon. "What do you want?" After racing for so many years, you never know when you're going to have another brilliant race. "Please. Just tell me".

It is his fourth retirement of the season, and despite wins in China and Monaco, hopes of mounting a title challenge seem to be ebbing away for the Red Bull driver.

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