Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix on Sunday

Lewis Hamilton claimed one of the most remarkable victories of his Formula One career after his championship rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out from the lead of the German Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas started and finished second on a great day for Mercedes, with Kimi Raikkonen taking third on a bad one for Ferrari.

Beaten by Vettel in his home British Grand Prix two weeks ago, where he went from pole to the back of the field and up to second, he had turned the tables completely.

However, Hamilton added: "Just before the kerb I think the steering broke so I think that's the issue".

Mercedes were summoned by the stewards after the race for an incident involving Hamilton under the safety auto, for which he received a reprimand. For those that don't know me, now you do'.


'To get the one-two, especially after they re-signed us, is just a tremendous day for us.

'I was in the barrier and realised I don't get out, ' Vettel said.

Vettel, leading away in the lead, made a race defining error at Turn 12 when the German went off track and hit the wall which ended his race, and the incident caused a safety vehicle, which allowed his title rival to claim victory from starting fourteenth on the grid.

But Hamilton and Mercedes were called up to the stewards after the podium ceremonies had concluded, with the summons' notice citing a potential violation of the FIA International Sporting Code.

Even though he has won four Formula One titles, and 66 races, Hamilton draws huge motivation from being against the odds.


"I feel like I drove the best I can remember driving", he said. "We didn't need the rain". By the 15th lap, the Briton had already moved into fifth place and, after Vettel's shock exit in the latter stages, Hamilton went on to win for the 44th time in his career. So I couldn't tell you.

A series of pit stops saw the lead pass from Vettel to Bottas to Verstappen and finally to Raikkonen, at which point Vettel was second.

"It was a small mistake but a big impact on the race", the German said. "It was a very positive weekend, it was just one of those moments, my mistake".

"There was a lot of negativity before the race ... and when I came here, there was a lot of booing", Hamilton said. It happened shortly after Hamilton had gone too wide into a turn, sliding off the track and then going over some rough grass and bumping over a kerb - while momentarily airborne - as he came back onto the track.


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