Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Hamilton: German GP crowd booing inspired me to victory

Hamilton: German GP crowd booing inspired me to victory

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2018.

"It's been the most emotional day".

Brendon Hartley claimed 10th spot in the German Grand Prix.

There was further drama after the race had concluded with Hamilton summoned to the stewards for crossing the pit lane entry line when he opted not to pit at the last moment after a series of conflicting messages from his team.

"After racing for so many years, you never know where you're going to have a race as good as your best. We got to the kerb and just before the kerb the steering broke so that was the issue".

"That was so positive for me, and that is why I said that love conquers all. I just slowed down and trundled over some grass and made sure I joined the track as safe as I could".

"But taking positives as the team, it was a flawless result for us in Germany, our home Grand Prix for Mercedes".

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Pole-sitter Vettel had been in charge of his home race and should have extended his lead in the standings to as many as 21 points before his stunning, and potentially, title-deciding mistake.

He said: "What I said to Valtteri is something that I would also say in the team". It was because I kept seeing individually, a couple of different British flags in amongst a hundred or a thousand. a sea of red and then you've got a British flag in there. "I had it in my hands - small mistake, big disappointment". A real dream and one I will always remember.

Furthermore, archrival Sebastian Vettel was on pole position in a supremely quick Ferrari and gunning to extend his championship lead.

Hamilton refused to give up track position as rivals entered the pit following Vettel's exit and in the end it was the German manufacturers strategy that paved way for victory. But it's much too early in the season to do this.

Hamilton is now locked in a title battle with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and his title defence suffered a blow at Hockenheim as he was forced to pull over with a loss of hydraulic pressure at the end of the first qualifying segment.

"The difference between the best and the very good is that on the very hard days they are just able to make the difference".

Wolff said: "Kimi was unlucky in a few races at the beginning of the season, where the strategy went against him, and I think that Ferrari struggled to come up with the right call there".

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