Hamilton’s prayers answered in stunning German win
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.”