Resilient F1 champion Lewis Hamilton revels in adversity

Tyler Owen
July 26, 2018

Lewis Hamilton went from 14th to first to take a "miracle" German Grand Prix victory for Mercedes on Sunday (July 22) and retake the Formula One championship lead from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who crashed.

"It's been emotional, the most emotional day, up and down", he said.

Hamilton said afterwards that he feared his lead might again be short-lived as the teams head to Budapest for this week's Hungarian Grand Prix, the last one before the European summer break.

"Then you have people from Mexico, people from England, you have people I think from Nigeria or somewhere in Africa with Hamilton shirts on - the name Hamilton on, standing in amongst the red".

The Briton was subject to a lengthy steward's investigation for swerving out of the pit entry lane when his team suddenly aborted a tyre change while the safety vehicle was out. Driving from the back is always more fun than driving from the front but you never know how far you can go. Bottas had been able to get the jump on him when the pair were navigating through back markers.

"That was so positive for me, and that is why I said that love conquers all".

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"It's very reminiscent of how I started out", he explained to reporters at Hockenheim, whose present layout has been likened to a glorified go-kart track by those who miss the bygone blast through the forest.

Lewis Hamilton has kept hold of his victory at the German Grand Prix following a lengthy post-race investigation into his aborted pitlane entry during the race.

"We had a bit of a battle out there, the first lap after the safety vehicle", said Bottas, referring to the resumption of racing following Sebastian Vettel's crash.

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. He now has 171 points to Hamilton's 188.

"I started turning in, then they asked me to box and then I said "Kimi is pitting" and then they said "Stay out" and I was already in the lane", Hamilton told reporters after the race when asked what had happened. Hamilton now leads Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by 17 points. Small mistake, big disappointment. They now lead Ferrari by eight points heading to Hungary next week. "It was surely one of the darkest moments of his whole career". And I really feel that the rain's come down and just washed away any negativity.

"Happy to finish. A bit disappointed but I'll take it today and we'll try next time", he said.

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