Vettel sees a silver lining in Germany's World Cup failure

"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". It's just a glorious day.

Hamilton trails Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel by eight points, and Mercedes is 20 points behind Ferrari in the constructors' championship.

"When it rained, I knew I would have a good position", he said.

The stewards - including driver representative Mika Salo - gave Hamilton a reprimand rather than a more stringent penalty because the incident happened under a safety vehicle, and there was no danger to other drivers.

Raikkonen replied: "I'm sorry but can you be direct?"

"It's great to be here on Mercedes home ground and to get the one-two". Vettel's win there heaped more misery on the British driver, considering he'd experienced a rare retirement at the Austrian GP one week earlier. "This was up there with them".

That handed Mercedes driver Hamilton - who was starting from 14th on the grid after mechanical problems in qualifying - a run at the lead, which he duly took to finish first ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in second and Ferrari's Kimi Raikonen in third.

"It was a tricky race with the rain and it was pretty slippery in a few places".

The race restarted with 10 laps remaining, and Bottas immediately made use of his fresh tires to attack Hamilton into Turn 6.

"Obviously we wanted to wait until after the race to have a look at it because we were getting quite close to the end of it and then with all the rain and the thunderstorms and everything like that, by the time everything had calmed down, had a good look at it and the stewards decided that they should, in fact, discuss it with the team". After hitting the barriers, he punched his steering wheel in frustration.

Hamilton put an end to more than seven months of agonising contract negotiations to finally commit his future to both Formula One and the Silver Arrows with a deal which will see him become the sport's first £40million-a-year driver.

That error came just over a lap before Vettel went straight on at Sachskurve at relatively low speed, but the home favorite was unable to turn the vehicle before the front wing was buried in the barrier and he couldn't rejoin.

"But it was the moment that gave us the win and we were punching the air in our garage, but I can still feel sympathy for him". 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.

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.

Marcus Ericsson was ninth for Sauber and New Zealander Brendon Hartley 10th for Toro Rosso.


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