On a day of astonishing drama at Hockenheim, Lewis Hamilton had already charged into contention for victory before his world championship rival’s catastrophic error with 15 laps remaining.
Having reclaimed the lead after team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was ordered to yield, Sebastian Vettel appeared set for his first victory at Hockenheim before losing control on a damp track.
Hamilton then had to withstand a wheel-to-wheel battle with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to secure the win before Mercedes ordered Bottas to give up the chase.
After his qualifying disaster, Hamilton had started 14th on the grid. “Miracles do happen,” the Mercedes pitwall told their driver as Hamilton crossed the line for one of the most extraordinary victories of his career.