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Hamilton’s prayers answered in stunning German win


By Philip Duncan

An emotional Lewis Hamilton said his prayers were answered after capturing one of the most remarkable victories of his Formula One career.

The 33-year-old Englishman started only 14th in Germany following a mechanical failure in qualifying, but after he scythed his way back through the field, he then took advantage of a dramatic rain-hit conclusion which involved his championship rival Sebastian Vettel crashing out from the lead. The win was described by his race engineer Pete Bonnington as a “miracle”, and one which has moved him 17 points clear of Vettel.

The victory hung in the balance after he was hauled in front of the stewards for aborting a late pit-stop, cutting across the grass, and re-joining the track but Hamilton escaped punishment.

“It has been the most emotional day,” Hamilton said. “I have never had a race like this. I woke up this morning and you always have to have the belief that it is possible. I prayed as I always do before the race, and my prayers were really answered.”

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