Sebastian Vettel needs to keep pressure firmly on Lewis Hamilton in Germany

23 July, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Valtteri Bottas,Mercedes,Lewis Hamilton

That allowed Vettel, Raikkonen's Ferrari team-mate, to hold off a Hamilton recovery and stretch his lead at the top of the drivers' standings to eight points at the end of a potentially decisive triple-header.

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.

The 20-year-old Dutchman - the youngest to win an F1 race and to qualify on the front row aged just 18 - has four podium finishes in the past six races and is showing the kind of form which earned him a bumper new contract last year.

The result means Hamilton now sits 17 points clear of Vettel at the halfway point of the season and the four-time victor credited the elements with helping him secure a vital victory this afternoon. I just was open, said this is how it was. "Unless it is possible to clearly know if a technology is legal or not, you have to standardised it".

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff explained why the decision had been made.

Indeed, Hamilton could yet see out his career with the Italian marque.

After a near-collision, the Mercedes garage called on Bottas to cool down his challenge, leaving the four-time world champion free to claim his fourth German Grand Prix title, level with legendary German driver Michael Schumacher. "It's a glorious day, one I'll always remember". "I still feel pretty great and I wasn't expected to feel as excited as I am now in signing this extension". I'm very rarely there. It was just his second point of the season. "I had speed and obviously it was a bit in a moment in the race that it wasn't ideal to stop".

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Rapidly overtaken from pole position at the British GP, Hamilton was then shunted off the track following a collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

In nearly symbolic fashion, the heavens opened immediately after the race with a heavy thunderstorm, and Hamilton stood on the podium with his arms outstretched in the pouring rain, having regained the championship lead. Seb is capable of going quicker but is hurting his tyres and you are as well we need to look after them.

"Whilst that is the goal, and that is the dream scenario, nothing ever goes perfectly, but I am going to work towards it".

There was confusion at Mercedes, even with Hamilton out in front. Home fans will be in the unusual position of cheering a German driver (Vettel) in an Italian vehicle, competing against a British driver (Hamilton) and his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas in German cars.

Hamilton had worked his way to fourth place by running a long first stint on Softs, quickly sweeping past the midfield pack, and stayed out until lap 43, shortly before the first batch of rain hit.

Aside from Vettel and Ricciardo, both Williams drivers also retired around the Safety Car period, while Alonso opted to return to the pits in the closing laps having dropped out of the battle for points.

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