Lewis Hamilton claimed a stunning victory in the German Grand Prix after championship rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out during the rain-hot race.
A shambolic pit stop delayed Valtteri Bottas during the Safety Car period but he restarted the race on fresh tyres and pressured his team mate from the lead. The fight was called off, however, when Mercedes issued a “hold position” instruction.
Kimi Raikkonen, who had been subject to Ferrari team orders earlier in the race when told to let Vettel by, collected third place. Max Verstappen salvaged fourth for Red Bull after making an early pit stop for intermediate tyres, then having to pit again for slicks. Team mate Daniel Ricciardo dropped out with a technical problem – his fourth retirement of the year.
Nico Hulkenberg took fifth for Renault ahead of Romain Grosjean, who passed the two Force Indias in the final two laps. Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon followed the Haas home. Marcus Ericsson took ninth for Sauber after team mate Charles Leclerc spun in the rain.
A 10-second penalty for overtaking behind the Safety Car cost Carlos Sainz Jnr 10th place and handed it to Brendon Hartley. The Toro Rosso driver had slipped out of the top 10 with four laps to go. Kevin Magnussen took 11th ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne.
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2018 German Grand Prix reaction
- Gasly didn’t expect team to fit full wet weather tyres
- Whiting explains three-hour wait for Hamilton verdict
- Ferrari’s team order “wasn’t clear enough” – Raikkonen
- Hamilton: Decision not to pit was “most confusing second and a half”
- Hamilton keeps German GP win as stewards reprimand him for pit entry violation
- Bottas says there’s “no hard feelings” over Mercedes team orders
- Hamilton summoned to stewards over pit entry incident
- Wolff wanted to issue team orders to Bottas and Hamilton earlier
- Vettel: German GP crash “wasn’t a huge mistake”