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Vettel Gives Early X-mas Gift To Hamilton In 2018 German Grand Prix

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crashed out late in the 2018 German Grand Prix, handing the victory on a silver arrow-themed platter to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finishing second and Vettel’s Ferrari teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, claiming the third and final podium position.

As the familiar saying goes, it is not how you start but how you finish – as Vettel started from the pole while Hamilton began from the 14th spot on the grid due to a driving error in qualification that dropped him into double digit starting territory. Not surprisingly, Vettel led Laps 1-26 while Hamilton gradually worked his way up to the fifth position. But then pit stop strategy and weather concerns began to come into play and it was weather that was a partial reason for Vettel’s exit as some rain had fallen on portions of the track and by Lap 52 of the 67-lap race, Vettel hit a turn too fast and skidded off the turn and directly into the gravel pit and out of the race. Two laps later, Raikkonen was forced to pit due to aging tires and that essentially handed the victory to Hamilton [once Bottas, on fresher tires, was ordered to hold his position and not pass Hamilton].

With the win, Hamilton re-takes the top spot in the 2018 Formula One season driver standings with 188 points to Vettel’s 171 and Bottas in a distant third with 134 points.

2018 German Grand Prix Top 10

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes

3 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari

4 Max Verstappen Red Bull

5 Nico Hülkenberg Renault

6 Romain Grosjean Haas

7 Sergio Pérez Force India

8 Esteban Ocon Force India

9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber

10 Brendan Hartley Toro Rosso

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