Hamilton revels in Hockenheim win "I manifested my dream"

Hamilton reprimanded for pit entry miscue keeps win			Image by Glenn Dunbar  LAT

In the closing stages, after seeing Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas go wheel-to-wheel for the lead after the Safety Car restart, Mercedes intervened.

However, 24 hours later, his mood couldn't have been any different as he made his through the field in quick order and, when the weather intervened, a damp track would send main championship rival Sebastian Vettel into the barrier and clear the way for Hamilton to take his fourth win of 2018.

It's the first time the Brit has ever won after starting lower than sixth on the grid.

An ecstatic Lewis Hamilton declared his surprise victory at Sunday's German Grand Prix as one of the best during his Formula 1 career.

"F***'s sake, f***'s sake, sorry guys", a teary Vettel told his team after hitting the wall.

On an extraordinary day, Hamilton's victory had hung in the balance for close to 90 minutes after he was hauled in front of the stewards for aborting a late pit-stop, cutting across the grass, and rejoining the track.

However, so angered was he by analysis from the team of Sky Sports pundits, including his former Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and ex-drivers Damon Hill and Martin Brundle, that Hamilton took to Instagram to criticise them.

Daniel Ricciardo's auto just hasn't been working for him in Germany. He managed to climb as far as 6th on the grid, behind teammate Max Verstappen.

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Hamilton's championship defence had been derailed by a mechanical failure in Austria before he was taken off by Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix a fortnight ago. When racing got back underway, Bottas challenged Hamilton for the lead on the run through Turns 7 and 8 before being told to stick with second. Ferrari called Raikkonen to the pits early in a bid to upset the Mercedes up ahead.

"There was a lot of negativity before the race ... and when I came here, there was a lot of booing", Hamilton said.

The Meteo France weather forecast had predicted a 40 percent chance of rain for the session, with a 60 percent likelihood for qualifying.

Asked if it was because Hamilton is the No.1 driver at Mercedes, Wolff added: "No, absolutely not". "They have a great power unit". Find us on Facebook too!

"It is a worry. We would have done it the other way around".

Denmark's Kevin Magnussen made the most of Hamilton's absence from the final phase by putting his Ferrari-powered Haas in fifth place with French team mate Romain Grosjean sixth. Mercedes leads Ferrari in the constructors championship by 8 points. With three wins, they are equal with Ferrari and Mercedes.

The Englishman was swiftly up to 12th from 14th and then reeled off a series of measured passes to climb to sixth by lap 11, when he passed Hulkenberg. Credit to them because it's a big game changer.

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