German Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton gets ‘miracle’ win, Vettel crashes out

first_imgLewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix in what was a race for the ages as he put up a genius performance to go from 14th at the start to finishing first.At Hockenheim and in his rival Sebastian Vettel’s home race, Hamilton regained the Formula One Championship lead and now is on top of the table with 188 points compared to Vettel’s 171 points.Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas finished a Mercedes one-two and played the role of a perfect second driver as he finished second while Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished third in the race.It can be called a “miracle” race for Hamilton while a disastrous one for home hero Vettel, who started on the pole but crashed out in the 52nd lap.Utter heartbreak for Vettel at his home race #GermanGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/bTEgcUKoT7Formula 1 (@F1) July 22, 2018Vettel, who started the race with an eight-point lead over Hamilton, tried to take a turn but skidded into the barriers right in front of his home fans.Reigning world champion Hamilton took the chequered flag, for a record-equalling fourth German Grand Prix win and capped off with a dramatic dialogue to a super-dramatic race telling his team “love conquers all”.The clouds threatened to rain on his paradeBut there was a silver lining for @LewisHamilton in Germany #GermanGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/TFIxZNzPCIFormula 1 (@F1) July 22, 2018Just as Hamilton won the race, Mercedes said on the team radio, “Get in there, Lewis. Miracles do happen mate.” Hamilton responded with, “What an amazing job by you guys. Love conquers all.”advertisement”It’s obviously very difficult from that position and highly unlikely but you’ve got to believe. I did a long prayer before the race. I wanted to stay collected, stay calm. The team did such a great job today. I kept believing and it happened so I manifested my dream today. A big, big thanks to God.”Conditions were perfect for business time. When it rained, I knew I would have a good position.”You never knew what was going to happen after the safety car. I hope this solidifies their belief in me, and I hope this solidified my belief in them. For those who didn’t know me before, now you do,” Hamilton said after the match.Win number 44 driving car #44!#GermanGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/vpfmOqHlw9Formula 1 (@F1) July 22, 2018There was a point in the race when teammates Hamilton and Bottas were having a go at each other to take the first spot in the race but as soon as Hamilton raced ahead, Bottas was told on the team radio to hold position, basically not to overtake Hamilton, and all the man said was “okay.””As a driver a win is what we are after, when Seb went off I think there was a good chance.”Taking positives, as a team it is a perfect result for us.”We had a bit of a battle lap one after the safety car, I didn’t get past and I got told to minimise the risk but I understand,” Bottas said after the race.BOTTAS: “As a driver, winning is what we’re looking for. When Seb went off I thought there was a good chance… but as a team, it’s a perfect race for us” #GermanGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/WXB4KaAdwTFormula 1 (@F1) July 22, 2018Raikkonen, who finished third but was earlier asked to give way to Vettel, was livid during the race and said, “So you want me to… let him go? Please. Just tell me.””I think we have certain rules but it wasn’t clear enough. It was a moment in the race where I needed to stop.RAIKKONEN: “It was a tricky race with the rain and it was slippery out there. Not an easy race but I’ll take it today” #GermanGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/rdFYF60eEDFormula 1 (@F1) July 22, 2018″It didn’t really change an awful lot in the end. It was a tricky race. I had a problem with one of the lappers, the Sauber. It was a tricky race but we try next time,” Raikonnen spoke after the race.On how the Ferrari car reacted in the rain: “I don’t know. I only drive my car. In the past, it’s been difficult in the rain and I was surprised with how the grip reacted.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more