Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Hamilton gives up on German victory after qualifying catastrophe

Hamilton gives up on German victory after qualifying catastrophe

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has been reprimanded by stewards but escaped a sanction that would have stripped him of a stunning German Grand Prix victory.

"It was awesome to see so many red flags, German flags, so much support around the track", said the four-times world champion, who has yet to win at the circuit nearest to his birthplace.

When the race resumed, Mercedes held their breath as Hamilton and Bottas went wheel-to-wheel for the lead before they called off the fight as the team sealed a one-two finish on home turf.

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

"It's obviously very hard from that position and highly unlikely but you've got to believe", said Hamilton.

"You've always got to believe".

"This is something I'm a bit anxious about", Rosberg said while working in his pundit role at Sky Sports. A big, big thanks to God'.

Raikkonen completed the podium places, while Max Verstappen finished fourth ahead of the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.

Sweden's Marcus Ericsson put Sauber in the points with ninth and New Zealander Brendon Hatley was 10th for Toro Rosso.

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Race victor Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain.

Rain washed out most of Saturday's final German Grand Prix practice session, with less than half the Formula One grid setting a lap time.

Ricciardo, who had started at the back of the grid, climbed as high as sixth before engine failure on lap 29 ended his race. They now lead Ferrari by eight points heading to Hungary next week.

Mercedes also regained the initiative in the constructors' championship, much to the delight of company chairman Dieter Zetsche who embraced the Englishman in the unbridled euphoria in the rain that followed the race.

"This is just silly - I m losing time and destroying my tyres", he told Ferrari.

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.

Hamilton had to change course, and in so doing the Mercedes driver infringed Appendix L, chapter 4, article 4 (d) of the FIA regulations.

"I don't think it was a huge mistake, it was a huge impact on the race because we retired". It really started to rain heavily.

Mercedes confirmed on Friday that Valtteri Bottas will continue as teammate to Lewis Hamilton for at least another year.

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