Hamilton reprimanded for pit entry miscue, keeps win

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The four-times Formula One world champion, now the victor of 66 races, struggled to keep his emotions in check on an afternoon that saw him rise from 14th on the starting grid to finish first.

However, the German at the time was on a fast lap and in just a few seconds blocked the result of Bottas, setting a new track record in the "Hockenheim". At the summons, Hamilton said that he was "100% open" with the stewards about what transpired.

"What an unbelievably dark day for Sebastian", Rosberg said.

He was hit on the opening lap of the British GP, a race that he had won on the last four occasions.

"There was a lot of negativity before the race ... and when I came here, there was a lot of booing", Hamilton said. When racing got back underway, Bottas challenged Hamilton for the lead on the run through Turns 7 and 8 before being told to stick with second. Bottas said it was great to make the announcement at Hockenheim, a home race for the team and the circuit where he had his first single-seater wins in 2007.

Hamilton, who threw himself across the pitlane wall into the arms of his mechanics and also got a bear-hug from delighted Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche, seemed about as stunned as anyone.

Ferrari made a call, too, at Raikkonen's expense.

Hamilton drove by with a splash, the drops on his tinted visor perhaps hiding a smile behind it. Circumstances had rearranged themselves in the Silver Arrows' favor, leaving Vettel and Ferrari with widening deficits in both the Drivers' and Manufacturers' Title pursuits.

With a little more than 20 of the 67 laps to go, he was leading Vettel, who complained of his tires overheating.

"Then you have people from Mexico, people from England, you have people I think from Nigeria or somewhere in Africa with Hamilton shirts on - the name Hamilton on, standing in amongst the red. What do you want?" "It was a shame to see him go out and I mean it".

"This is something I'm a bit anxious about", Rosberg said while working in his pundit role at Sky Sports.

Moments after his remarkable win, Hamilton grabbed Mercedes chairman Dr Dieter Zetsche and hoisted him into the air. And it was just so positive for me.

"I didn't think about it".

The stewards took into account the confusion, the fact that it happened during the safety vehicle period and above all the point that Hamilton gained no track time from his mistake.

Towards the final few lap of the race, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who was leading the race until then, crashed and the safety vehicle was deployed.

As he reflected on Hamilton's accusation, Vettel said: "Obviously it was silly to say". Behind him were the two Finnish drivers (Bottas & Raikkonen) in 2nd and 3rd places. The hold-up had been the stewards determining whether Hamilton had infringed the rules when he aborted his pit stop.