Hamilton reprimanded for pit entry miscue, keeps win

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"As a driver, of course, a win is what you're looking after", Bottas said. "It's obviously very hard from that position and highly unlikely but you've always got to believe", he said.

"I can't believe that things happened the way I prayed about and the way I focused". A big thanks to God.

The conditions allowed some of the lesser teams to grab some attention, with Sauber's Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc top of the timesheets ahead of Swedish team mate Marcus Ericsson. Wolff explained that the radio message was a result of the dropped points at recent races and the opportunity to claw some of them back with a one-two victory. Hamilton started down in fourteenth place after a hydraulics issue forced him out of qualifying on Saturday.

The German had the fastest lap recorded midway through the race and gained a serious lead of nearly nine seconds on Valtteri Bottas before rain began pelting down on the track.

Rosberg described his former Mercedes team-mate's comeback from 14th to take the win "unbelievable" and expects many more exciting races as the season progresses.

Brendon Hartley claimed 10th spot in the German Grand Prix
GETTY IMAGES Brendon Hartley claimed 10th spot in the German Grand Prix

A series of pit stops saw the lead pass from Vettel to Bottas to Verstappen and finally to Raikkonen, at which point Vettel was second. "It has been up and down, back and forth, but the mistake from Sebastian has been a benefit for us and Mercedes".

Vettel, trapped behind Raikkonen, complained to his team.

"I never get to watch the races but just got home and watching Sky (Sports)", Hamilton wrote.

"When I got to the exit curve, the power steering failed".

Pole-sitter Vettel had been in charge of his home race and should have extended his lead in the standings to as many as 21 points before his stunning, and potentially, title-deciding mistake. It really started to rain heavily.

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"For those who don't know me - now you do!"

"Watching his actions, listening to him, and reading his words from Hockenheim he is in a remarkable and probably unusual place".

Hamilton was then on the back of a moped and heading to the Mercedes garage.

After 52 laps, Vettel crashed, sliding straight into the barriers. In the laps after the Safety Car restart Grosjean charged through the field to sixth position for a much needed boost to his season.

According to ESPN, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff gave an explanation saying, "Chaos broke loose at that stage out there on track". The alleged infringement occurred with 14 laps still to run, the equivalent to around 20 minutes, but an official investigation was not launched until 6pm, roughly one hour and 15 minutes after the final whistle.

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"Valtteri, it s James, please hold position, I m sorry", Mercedes strategist James Vowles told Bottas.

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