Lewis Hamilton Eyes Gatecrashing Sebastian Vettel's Hockenheim Homecoming

by Steven Clarke July 23, 2018, 0:06
Lewis Hamilton Eyes Gatecrashing Sebastian Vettel's Hockenheim Homecoming

"I was in the barrier and realised I'm not getting out from here so how do you process that", he said.

After the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May, where the Australian won, there was a 38-point gap between third-placed Ricciardo and the top of the standings. "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".

Hamilton will undoubtedly be fired up, too, after talk of foul play as Raikkonen hindered the Mercedes man early in Britain, with the team - now trailing Ferrari in the constructors' championship - enduring another weekend to forget. "It was a huge impact on the race because we retired there, but it's not like tonight I will have difficulty to fall asleep because of what I've done wrong".

Vettel said Ferrari, who appear to have made a decisive step forward in engine performance in the last two races, should still be confident about their title chances over the remainder of the year, starting in Hungary next weekend.

"Obviously it was silly to say", Vettel said as he reflected on Hamilton's accusation.

"Miracles do happen, mate", Hamilton's race engineer Pete Bonnington told him over the radio after a slow-burner that turned into one of the great comebacks of the Briton's already stellar career.

Hockenheim - Lewis Hamilton's spectacular victory was under threat on Sunday when he was summoned to the stewards for an aborted pit stop during the safety vehicle period of the German Grand Prix.

"I started turning in, then they asked me to box and then I said "Kimi (Raikkonen) is pitting" and then they said "Stay out" and I was already in the lane!" I still think they are the overall toughest package to beat on the grid, but for sure they've shown some signs of weaknesses in some areas.

Raikkonen was unable to attack Bottas in the final laps while Verstappen similarly had to settle for fourth, with Red Bull also losing a vehicle as Daniel Ricciardo retired on Lap 28 after reporting a loss of power.

Verstappen finished in fourth, with the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg in fifth.

It proved the right decision, as Raikkonen then chose to pit from the lead behind the Safety Car, with light rain still falling and tire temperatures dropping.

When the race resumed, with about 10 laps left, Bottas nearly overtook Hamilton.

"They were all panicking in the pit wall, " Hamilton said. However, after deliberation the stewards issued Hamilton a reprimand for the incident, his first of the current season, meaning his final race time remained unaltered.

Rapidly overtaken from pole position at the British GP, Hamilton was then shunted off the track following a collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. "A small stumble this year is magnified because it's so close but I'm super-focused on making sure we get everything and more out of the vehicle, and myself, so we can win this weekend". I just was open, said this is how it was.

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