Sebastian Vettel’s dream of winning the first Formula One German Grand Prix on his home track in Hockenheim crashed on Sunday after his Ferrari slid in the rain and hit the barriers in the closing laps.
Lewis Hamilton (pictured), who started from 14th on the grid and was fourth during the crash, took the lead and maintained it to achieve a dramatic win for Mercedes.
The British driver is now 17 points ahead of Vettel as they move into the Hungarian Grand Prix next Sunday. Sunday’s victory was Hamilton’s fourth this year, his 44th for Mercedes and 66th of his career.
Hamilton said he has never been in a race like this adding that when it rained, he scented victory. He snatched the title by staying cool and using his skills, speed, strategy and long experience.
With just 15 laps left, four-time Formula One champion Vettel was leading the race when heavens opened up.
He made a mistake while negotiating turn 52, slid over the rain-soaked track and drove into the barriers.
Angry and frustrated over losing his home Grand Prix, Vettel punched his steering wheel and kicked the gravel as he got off his car.
Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was racing ahead of him at one point, was ordered by Mercedes to back off and come second as they did not want a competition between their drivers.
Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen came third.