Tue, Jul 24, 9:40am by Staff Writer
Lewis Hamilton has retaken the lead in the 2018 Formula One Drivers Championship standings after a miraculous German Grand Prix victory.
Hamilton has now streaked 17 points ahead of German rival Sebastian Vettel in the standings and is $1.57 to win the Drivers Championship.
After starting the race from 14th, Hamilton seized a golden opportunity when Vettel’s Ferrari crashed on lap 52.
Hamilton claimed a record-equaling fourth German Grand Prix with the win, ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
The 66th win of Hamilton’s career was one that the Brit will savour for many years to come. He was joyous post race, as the skies opened up to thunder and lightning just minutes after the chequered flag was waved.
By contrast, Vettel was inconsolable, seen hitting his steering wheel in anger as he slid off course due to the rain.
After taking out the British Grand Prix a fortnight ago ahead of Hamilton, it was his rival who took away his chance of winning his own home Grand Prix.
It was not smooth sailing for Hamilton, who started the race in 14th, but emerged up to fifth spot on the grid after 14 laps.
Kimi Raikkonen has enjoyed a consistent 2018 season, achieving seven podium finished, without winning a race as yet. He is in third place in the standings, nine points clear of Fin Valtteri Bottas.
Daniel Ricciardo drops to fifth after picking up no points in Germany due to a retirement. Team mate Max Verstappen is a point behind Ricciardo in sixth.
Dutchman Max Verstappen finished fourth for Red Bull in Germany, in what was an indifferent race for the Austrian manufacturer, with Daniel Ricciardo retiring due to engine failure.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg finished fifth, with Romain Grosjear of Haas finishing sixth.
The Mercedes one-two has given them the lead in the Constructors Championship once more, eight points ahead of Ferrari.
Mercedes are priced at $1.53 to take out the Constructors crown, with Ferrari fetching a price of $2.60.
Red Bulls are in third, but 99 points behind Mercedes and a $51 shot.
The next Grand Prix takes place at the Hungaroring in Hungary on July 29.
Sebastian Vettel is the defending champion and an equal favourite with Lewis Hamilton to win the race at $2.50.
Lewis Hamilton $1.57
Sebastian Vettel $2.37
Valtteri Bottas $101
Max Verstappen $251
Kimi Raikkonen $251
Daniel Ricciardo $251
Red Bull $51
Force India $501
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