German GP: Sebastian Vettel's crash one of his 'darkest moments'

Tanya Simon
July 26, 2018

"It's understandable." Sunday's result meant the leadership in the championship changed again for the sixth time this season as the close "fight for five" between Hamilton and Vettel remained so hotly-contested. The most important thing in Formula 1 is racing. He is 66 ahead of fourth-placed Bottas.

"They were all panicking in the pit wall, " Hamilton said.

Vettel's misfortune caused a unified sigh in Maranello. The red team will hope it doesn't rain.

Despite the scattered showers, the front runners opted to stay out on slick tires, while a few other gambled on Intermediate rubber. Caution was key and Vettel had presumably nailed the procedure prior to his anguish at Sachs Kurve.

Vettel subsequently apologized but by September the German driver had lost his way, never regaining the momentum after a huge mistake in Singapore.

The failure only added to the pain Ferrari were already feeling with chairman Sergio Marchionne seriously ill in a Swiss hospital and relieved of his duties on Saturday. The Italian, whose machismo and nationally-inherent passion has flipped the path of the Prancing Horse 180 degrees from its old downtrodden stature, had suffered complications from a shoulder surgery that led to his inability to return to the company's roundtable.

Shortly after he had spoken to the print media at Hockenheim, Hamilton made several posts to Instagram, including one which quoted former South African president Nelson Mandela.

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As he sat in the gravel, a tearful Vettel slammed his fists on his steering wheel and apologised to his team. The rain spread towards Turns 8 and 10, so I thought, "if it continues like this, then it's also going to come to the third sector". Mercedes leads Ferrari in the constructors championship by 8 points. At the end in the loss between the various voices over the radio, he made the decision to stay out, which was good for us because we were splitting bets.

"I think it feels better if it's spectacular, because then you've done something really wrong".

"It was a small mistake but a big impact on the race".

A defiant Lewis Hamilton vowed to "die before I give in" after his championship bid was dealt a severe blow following a auto failure in qualifying for the German Grand Prix.

Hamilton is now on pace to build his championship lead at Hungary.

Sebastian Vettel's dramatic crash at the German GP was one of the "darkest moments of his whole career", according to Nico Rosberg. F1 has handed Hockenheim all the ingredients, so now it needs to deliver.

Ferrari driver Vettel had been in charge of his home race, and looked destined to extend his lead in the standings to as many as 21 points before his stunning, and potentially, title-deciding mistake.

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