F1 digest: Lewis Hamilton slams Sky Sports pundits after win in Germany

Mercedes&apos British driver Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes British driver Lewis Hamilton. RV Racing Press

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton prepared for the drive of his life after a hydraulics problem in qualifying left him 14th on the starting grid for Sunday's (July 23) German Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton had a awful Qualifying round as his vehicle was retired after Q2, and he subsequently started 14th on the grid.

When the Safety Car was deployed as a result of Sebastian Vettel's crash in the stadium section, Mercedes called both drivers into the pits immediately as they were approaching the pit entry, but Valtteri Bottas' team didn't have tires ready.

Though the term is regularly over-used, it's fair to say that the last few weeks have been a roller-coaster for Lewis Hamilton and his team.

He said: "It is very hard (to win) from that position and highly unlikely but you have always got to believe".

Vettel crashed after the heavens opened in Hockenheim, losing control of his Ferrari as he entered the hairpin turn late in the race.

"I am so grateful". I'm so grateful, I kept pushing and kept believing and it happened. "So, thanks to God". "I thought I'd had a tyre failure or a track rod failure". It was so tough out there. Haas had been well placed for good points in the opening half, but the rain shuffled both Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen out of the points. The victory was a blow to Vettel who had gone into the race leading the championship by eight points and now heads to the next round in Hungary with a 17-point deficit to Hamilton.

Despite his demise, it still required all of Hamilton's brilliance to claim the 66th win of his career. Vettel lost control of his auto in the slippery conditions at the slower-speed stadium section, skidded across the track and into the gravel, before hitting the tyre wall.

"To those who take joy in seeing other people fail or suffer, I feel for you", he said in a series of messages to his 6.7million Instagram followers.

"F*** sake, f*** sake", he yelled over the radio.

"Live to fight another day, another opportunity to rise - I'll try, I'll give everything tomorrow to see how high I can get up, but it's not going to be like Silverstone".

The race had looked to be in his title rival Sebastian Vettel's hands until the German crashed out after losing his auto on the damp surface.

In less than a day after announcing Lewis Hamilton's contract extension for the next two years, Formula 1 team Mercedes-AMG has announced the contract renewal for driver Valtteri Bottas as well.

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

Raikkonen completed the podium places, while Max Verstappen finished fourth ahead of the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.

The German Grand Prix has been held on alternative seasons since 2014 - it will not be on the calendar next year - and the contract expires after Sunday's race.

"It's part of the job", Bottas said. "Thank you so much".

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