Bottas staying as Hamilton's Mercedes teammate

Bottas staying as Hamilton's Mercedes teammate

A safety vehicle period took place as a result of Vettel's accident. In a statement stewards said there was clearly an infringement, but decided only to issue a reprimand. His vehicle then broke down in qualifying on Saturday. It was very hard to make the right call. "I did a long prayer before the race".

"To me it looked like he made a mistake at Turn 1, went really wide, and he had some big, big hits because he was off the track there, and right after that the problem started. Conditions were flawless because when it rained, I knew that I would be in a good position".

He ended up cutting across the grass and rejoining behind the safety auto.

"They ask you to explain what happened, and I was 100% open with them".

Hamilton was then on the back of a moped and heading to the Mercedes garage. Ricciardo did confirm in a post-race interview that it was due to an engine failure, and he was not sure of the specifics at that point in time. "This was up there with them". He ended up leading all 14 of the race's final 14 laps en route to claiming the win, which is his fourth victory of the 2018 season and the 66th victory of his Formula 1 career.

"Whilst our preference would have been to race in Miami in 2019, there was always a point by which delivering the best possible wheel-to-wheel racing experience for our fans, drivers and teams wouldn't be possible in the time available".

The two Mercedes men battled side-by-side before Hamilton emerged in front and Mercedes intervened with a team radio message to "hold position".

The auto slowed shortly after Hamilton went off-track at speed at Turn 1 and bounced over the kerbs, which is what Rosberg pinpointed as the likely culprit for the stoppage.

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The luckless Vettel, still seeking his first victory on his "home" track 30 kilometres from his birthplace, was left to reflect on a near-perfect weekend wrecked by one split-second mistake on lap 52. There are no questions lingering around so for the team that is a positive, and we need all the positive energy we can get to fight.

Hamilton remained unsure exactly why his auto encountered problems, and seemed to contradict the thoughts of team boss Toto Wolff - who cited his driver's Turn 8 problems as the cause of the fault.

"Yesterday, we saw how bad it can be and in 24 hours, it can all turn around".

For Vettel, it is a home Grand Prix and he wants revenge after 2016's lacklustre outing.

Hamilton's win also made a bit of history, moving him level with F1 great Michael Schumacher on four German GP wins.

Moments after his remarkable win, Hamilton grabbed Mercedes chairman Dr Dieter Zetsche and hoisted him into the air.

Romain Grosjean took sixth for Haas ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon for Force India in seventh and eighth.

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