Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Hamilton rewards Mercedes with epic win in Germany

Lewis Hamilton won the rain-hit German Grand Prix to regain the world drivers championship lead Lewis Hamilton won the rain-hit German Grand Prix to regain the world drivers championship lead
Sergio Cook | 26 July, 2018, 16:16

That meant Hamilton and Bottas were in first and second at the restart, albeit with Bottas on fresher tyres than Hamilton and in a position to attack on a drying track.

"20 per cent more power from the battery that they're extracting even though the battery power is limited by law in Formula 1, so it's really not easy to understand what they're doing, they've found something magical there, but the FIA says it's legal so we have to believe them".

Asked if he was able to process the disappointment of crashing from the lead of his home race, Vettel told TV crews: "I was in the barrier, and I realise I don't get out from there, so how do you process that?" "We always said that if the championship goes into its last third or last quarter and there's a big difference between the drivers, we might make these unpopular calls".

But, it was the rain and the safety auto towards the end, that made sure the race ended in a dramatic fashion and changed the entire course of this competition.

"We had a bit of a battle after the safety auto".

"I think Ferrari were over the moon at Silverstone two weeks ago and maybe we should be here".

"We are losing on the straights but I don't want to sound sore about it".

It was Hamilton's fourth win this year and the 66th of his career, the triumph lifting him to the top of the drivers' title race and putting Mercedes back on top of the constructors' championship.

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

Ferrari driver Vettel had been in charge of his home race, and looked destined to extend his lead in the standings to as many as 21 points before his stunning, and potentially, title-deciding mistake.

"The issue was that we seem to have damaged a bit on the auto jumping over the kerb and that caused a hydraulic leak, but the vehicle is just coming back so we need to check whether that was really the case", he told reporters. "We didn't need the rain". "Normally I pray for rain, but this time it didn't help me. It was important to score the double podium, the one-two, to recover some of the points we lost through bad luck". As Sunday showed, anything can happen and there is everything left to play for. I would have done the same thing the other way around.

This latest setback, which follows on from a terminal auto issue in the Austrian Grand Prix and a hit from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at the opening lap at Silverstone, left Hamilton disconsolate as he desperately tried to get his vehicle to the pits before kneeling in despair next to the stricken W09.

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