Hamilton's German win owes something to 'four-poster bed'

Formula 1 German Grand Prix start time, TV channel and odds

Mix of sympathy & scorn for Vettel after German crashes out of home grand prix to hand Hamilton win

The Ferrari driver accepted his small mistake at Sunday's German Grand Prix cost his team in a big way, and gifted Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes a victory they could hardly have expected.

Valtteri Bottas started and finished second on a great day for Mercedes, with Kimi Raikkonen taking third on a bad one for Ferrari.

Brendon Hartley claimed 10th spot in the German Grand Prix. I always do, but I managed to have more and bigger today.

"So I started turning out and trying to go over the grass and then they said 'no, stay in!' and I was already back on track". We've got quite a good group of fans in England. "On Sunday I feel like I drove the best I can remember driving". "It made complete sense for me".

Hamilton tried in vain to get his vehicle back to the pits but it proved too much and he was forced out before Q2, meaning he will start Sunday's race in 14th.

"I can't believe that things happened the way I prayed about and the way I focused". Max Verstappen ended up with a DNF in the last GP (British), but this time it was Daniel Ricciardo who couldn't finish the race. By this time, Mercedes had pitted Hamilton for the faster Ultrasoft tyres which gave him an advantage over the cars in the front, especially the Ferraris which were on much older Soft tyres.

Asked if he was able to process the disappointment of crashing from the lead of his home race, Vettel told TV crews: "I was in the barrier, and I realise I don't get out from there, so how do you process that?"

"It would be really hard for me to answer that", answered Hamilton. However, after deliberation the stewards issued Hamilton a reprimand for the incident, his first of the current season, meaning his final race time remained unaltered.

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.

What with the double technical DNF in Austria, then being beaten on home soil by Vettel and Ferrari, there was Saturday's hydraulics failure which lead to some - including former teammate Nico Rosberg - expressing concern at the Briton's body language.

"I think it's disappointing because up to that point everything was sweet, but we didn't need the rain".

"In terms of making the call later in the race when they started to be all over each other at the restart, it was raining at places and it was still humid and we had had so much bad luck in the last couple of races that the scenario of losing a auto or two was just something that I didn't want to even envisage", he said.

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