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Hamilton wins German GP from 14th as Vettel crashes out

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2018 German Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins after Sebastian Vettel crashes out (Foto: AFP/Mercedes)

Lewis Hamilton started from 14th on the grid to a 66th F1 career victory, and back into the lead of the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings, as the home hero and the Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel crashed out of a dramatic, rain-hit German Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen made an extra pit-stop for new tyres following the safety car was positioned following Vettel’s expensive crash.

The Brit stayed on track to undertake the lead, and when the race was resume with 10 laps to Checkered Flag, Hamilton held off team-mate Bottas to secure a famous victory and afterwards thanked God for the win.

Hamilton said: “It is very difficult (to win) from that position and highly unlikely but you have always got to believe. I did a long prayer before the race and I wanted to stay collected and calm.

“I am so grateful. I kept pushing, kept believing and it happens. A big thanks to God.

“I hadn’t thought about the championship. It was so tough out there. Conditions were perfect because when it rained, I knew that I would be in a good position.”

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