Hamilton’s prayers answered in stunning German win

Формула-1 Пілот Ferrari Себастьян Феттель здобув поул

Bottas and Raikkonen, both on older rubber, had to pit for new tyres, but Hamilton - despite being told to stop too, only before changing his mind at the last moment - stayed out on track.

Valtteri Bottas said he understood why he had to allow Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to take the top step on the podium at the German Grand Prix on Sunday.

"We go there and try and do the best that we can and see what we get".

Ultimately Raikkonen gave way and enabled Vettel to go past and take the lead.

Ferrari made the call to pit Raikkonen for a fresh set of ultrasofts during the safety vehicle that followed Vettel's accident.

"We had the pace and we controlled the race for most of it", Vettel said.

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

"I don't find the problems alarming", he said. Already up to fifth with 14 laps gone, picking off nearly a auto a lap, Hamilton proceeded to take great chunks of time out of his rivals as the rain fell and the tyre strategy played to his advantage. So then I had to pit again.

"The pit call was so confusing", Hamilton added.

"I made sure that I returned to the track as safety as I could".

One BBC commentator said: "It's a shambles, that is a shambles". When you come to England, going around I don't remember any of the fans booing. The difference is both Red Bull drivers have won, while only Vettel has won for Ferrari and Hamilton for Mercedes.

The four-time champion got out of his Ferrari cockpit, and kicked the gravel in utter frustration. "I questioned it and it turned out to be the right thing".

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Bottas was previously part of the Williams F1 team, which adopted Mercedes engines from the 2014 season. That's the same tenure as Sebastian Vettel has agreed with Ferrari and Max Verstappen at Red Bull .

"But it was so intense. They could hear and see how confusing it was, and that was that".

An ecstatic Hamilton hailed the remarkable win as one of the best of his career. Vettel's lead in the standings was slated to grow from eight points to 21 points.

The defending champion had already posted a time quick enough to make it through to the second phase, so, at first, he resisted.

Lewis Hamilton labels yesterday's Hockenheim fightback "the drive of my life" after the Mercedes driver came from 14th on the grid. "I have never had a race like this". Driving from the back is always more fun than driving from the front but you never know how far you can go. I'm so grateful, I kept pushing and kept believing and it happened. "Tomorrow is a new day and as always I will drive like my life depends on it", the Mercedes driver declared on social media after trying to push his stricken auto back to the pits in a dramatic session.

"It would be really hard for me to answer that", answered Hamilton.

The race began in sweltering conditions with an air temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, or 80 Fahrenheit, and the track at 43 with humidity at 50 per cent and rainclouds looming all around.

"I guess it is a crucial point in the season".

Sebastian Vettel had a day to forget.

Renault's pairing of Nico Hulkenberg, the only German driver other than Vettel, and Spaniard Carlos Sainz were seventh and eighth.

After clinching his first pole at Hockenheim since 2010 on Saturday, Vettel looked odds on to bag back-to-back victories at the mid-stage of the season, as he led a Ferrari one-two heading in to the final stages of the race.

"I threw it away".

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