Defending Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has retaken the championship lead following an extremely dramatic German Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas who was told by Mercedes chief strategist James Vowes to hold station.

The win means that Lewis Hamilton is now 17 points ahead of his main championship rival Sebastian Vettel who retired from the race after hitting the wall. Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari scored his seventh podium finish of the season coming home in third place just ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.

It was a fantastic day for the Renault Sport F1 Team as Nico Hulkenberg finished the race in fifth place just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean.

The Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finished the race in seventh and eighth place while the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson finishes the race in ninth place following another great event for the Swiss based outfit. Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley rounded out the top ten.

Kevin Magnussen finished the race in 11th place for the Haas F1 Team just ahead of Carlos Sainz who was handed a 10s penalty for overtaking under the safety car.

McLaren Renault’s Stoffel Vandoorne finished the race in 13th place just ahead of Pierre Gasly and Charles LeClerc. Fernando Alonso was classified in 16th place despite not running at the finish.

Sebastian Vettel retired from the race as did the two Williams of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin while Daniel Ricciardo also retired from the race.

Hamilton led home a Mercedes 1-2 at home having come through the field from 14th place on the grid.

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