HOCKENHEIM. — Lewis Hamilton has reclaimed the lead of the Formula One world championship with victory in the German Grand Prix after title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out from the lead of the race yesterday. On a day of astonishing drama at Hockenheim, Hamilton had already charged into contention for victory before his world championship rival’s catastrophic error with 15 laps remaining.
“I’ve never had a race like this,” said Hamilton, who now leads the championship by 17 points.
Having reclaimed the lead after team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was ordered to yield, Vettel appeared set for his first victory at Hockenheim before losing control of his Ferrari car on a damp track.
Hamilton then had to withstand a panicked radio message and a wheel-to-wheel battle with team-mate Valtteri Bottas to secure the win before Mercedes ordered Bottas to give up the chase. After his qualifying disaster, Hamilton had started 14th on the grid. — Sky Sports.