Formula One: Hamilton keeps German GP victory despite stewards summons

F1 Raceweek Leader Vettel heads home

Hamilton, who was later issued with a reprimand on Sunday night but kept the win, had already celebrated his unexpected success on the podium before the summons was issued.

Hamilton started 14th on the grid after a catastrophic qualifying on Saturday, but a combination of his skill, speed and tactical acumen enabled him to profit from what seemed to be divine intervention when the heavens opened.

"It's been an emotional, the most emotional day, up and down", said Hamilton just after hearing the outcome. "I did a long prayer before the race". I just wanted to stay collected, stay calm, " said Hamilton, adding defiantly: "For those who don't know me, now you do".

It marked Hamilton's fourth win of the season, the lowest position on the grid from which he has triumphed, and allowed him to re-take the lead of the standings, 17 points clear of Vettel.

The majority of the Ferrari-powered cars received their last engine and turbo upgrades around the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix but all six benefitted from a new MGU-K and energy store in Hockenheim.

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"It's great to be here on Mercedes home ground and to get the one-two".

"No one ever wants to go and see the stewards, they have the hardest job because every scenario is always different, but this has just been an unbelievable day. This was up there with them".

Ferrari's pole-sitter Vettel looked comfortable in the lead and was en route to his first Formula 1 win in front of his home fans in Hockenheim, but things were turned on their head when rainfall arrived in the latter stages of the race.

Mercedes also regained the initiative in the constructors' championship, much to the delight of company chairman Dieter Zetsche who embraced the Englishman in the unbridled euphoria in the rain that followed the race.

Hamilton chose to stay out on his ultra-soft tyres during the safety sar period that followed Vettel's accident, swerving away from pitting and crossing a patch of grass to re-join the straight. "It was a very positive weekend, it was just one of those moments, my mistake". After hitting the barriers, he punched his steering wheel in frustration.

Vettel, victor of four races this season and eight points clear of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the standings, agreed it was all about the money.

Hamilton was told to come into the pits, but ignored his mechanic screaming "In, in, in in!" at him.

"I think Ferrari were over the moon at Silverstone two weeks ago and maybe we should be here".

Further back, the tire decisions saw a number of cars - including both Renaults - on intermediates behind the Safety Car but they eventually all pit for ultrasofts, leaving Nico Hulkenberg in fifth place ahead of the Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.



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