Ferrari Pilot Sebastian Vettel won the pole

Dean Simpson
July 26, 2018

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Whiting said the stewards would have to decide whether Hamilton had acted in an unsafe manner or not. It was just his second point of the season.

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

The flashpoint came with just 15 laps of the Hockenheim race remaining. He has, however, finished second four times. He was angry with himself, kicking the gravel in frustration as he stepped out his vehicle.

"I threw it away". Ultimately Raikkonen gave way and enabled Vettel to go past and take the lead. A tiny bit too late on the brakes, I locked the rears and I couldn't turn. "I had a small moment with one of the lappers, the Sauber, under braking and Valtteri got past me".

But when title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed into the barriers on lap 51, it was advantage Mercedes and Hamilton drove with confidence to return to the top of the drivers' standings. "I think it was still pretty exciting".

Valtteri Bottas had been leading teammate Lewis Hamilton up to that point, but when a Safety Car was deployed to clear Vettel's car Bottas made a pit stop and dropped behind his teammate.

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

"I didn't think about it".

"All we can do is work on our starts, try and improve, make sure we do a better job understanding the vehicle, doing a better job, pushing for better aero performance, all these different things".

"That was so positive for me, and that is why I said that love conquers all".

Lewis Hamilton labels yesterday's Hockenheim fightback "the drive of my life" after the Mercedes driver came from 14th on the grid.

"You've always got to believe".

"After racing for so many years, you never know where you're going to have a race as good as your best".

"It was great to see so many red flags, German flags, so much support on the route", - said the driver in a short interview after completing the qualification.

That could shake things up for Sunday's race when better weather is expected to return, although it will make little difference for Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo who is set to start at the back due to power unit penalties.

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