‘I was confident German Grand Prix win would stand,’ says Lewis Hamilton

Monday, 23 Jul, 2018

Lewis Hamilton claimed a remarkable victory at Formula 1's German Grand Prix from 14th on the grid, as long-time race leader Sebastian Vettel crashed out when a rain shower struck Hockenheim.

Valtteri Bottas understands why he was told to hold position behind Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the German Grand Prix.

It was Hamilton's fourth win this year, his 44th for Mercedes and the 66th of his career, leap-frogging him from eight points behind German Vettel of Ferrari to 17 points ahead. It was my mistake, " Vettel said.

'Reason The Stewards reviewed video and audio evidence, heard from the driver of auto 44 (Lewis Hamilton) and the team representative.

"As a driver of course a win is what you're looking after", he added.

In previous years, Ferrari was the team experiencing technical problems and frustrating inconsistency.

Toto Wolff has admitted that Williams might be getting lined up as a Mercedes "B team".

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff suspected that Hamilton's hydraulics had broken after he hit the kerb, but he was awaiting a full investigation by the team once they had the vehicle back. The mistake from Sebastian today has been a benefit to us at Mercedes. Ferrari took 98 points from F1's triple-header, compared to Mercedes' haul of 61.

Mercedes lead with 310 points to Ferrari on 302 points while in the drivers' Hamilton has 188 and Vettel has 171.

There was confusion at Mercedes, even with Hamilton out in front.

"We are a auto nation", he said. "A lot of that was down to our own mistakes". But it appears a real possibility that the German race is not part of Liberty's long-term vision, and could be dropped permanently to make room for fresh locations.

If any one of the three wins, it will feel like a victory for Germany. So, I feel for Vettel because it's his home Grand Prix.

"It's only about a 90-minutes drive from out Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart". The Hockenheimring, as the circuit is called, is in in southwest Germany's Baden-Wuerttemberg region which borders with France.

He was issued with a reprimand with the stewards' decision based on three mitigating factors: that Hamilton admitted the mistake and it had occurred because of confusion in communication; that it was during a safety auto period; and that no other competitor was put at risk by the manoeuvre.

But Red Bull is waiting to pounce.

Daniel Ricciardo, a two-time victor this season, is out of contract at Red Bull, but Mercedes do not appear to want to risk rocking their ship.

Ricciardo has won two, while Verstappen is driving impressively after a rocky start.

Hamilton's new two-season deal will also cement his status as Britain's biggest sporting earner, with the 33-year-old who was raised on a council estate in Stevenage, set to earn close to £2m a race until the end of 2020.