Lewis Hamilton felt no need to respond at German GP to Sebastian Vettel's dig


After a tough weekend on home soil for Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix earlier this month, things soon got better for the Brit in Germany.

After a tricky start to qualifying, Hamilton would have to start from P14 at the Hockenheimring circuit in Germany as a result of an engine failure during Q1.

But, despite an upsetting result at Silverstone and a disappointing start to the weekend in Germany, Hamilton fought the odds and went on to become the first ever world champion to win a race from so far back on the grid.

What was even better for the team was it meant Mercedes managed to secure a 1-2 victory following Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crash.

Some could say it was karma after Hamilton failed to finish the race at Silverstone giving the race win to title rival Vettel, who came out of the race saying "we did it at their home."

He said at the time: “We had a super car, a great strategy and we did it at their home.

“Now we take the English flag and hang it in Maranello… Yes!”

Move forward two weeks to Germany, and Vettel fails to finish whilst a last minute pit call during a safety car allowed Hamilton to steal the lead and cross the line as race winner - more importantly, 'at their (Vettel's) home'.

But, despite a low blow dig from Vettel at the previous race, Hamilton kept his cool in Germany and felt there wasn't a need to even respond.


Hamilton said: “Honestly, I don’t need to search for a boost or energy from other people’s business. I just focus on mine.

“I’m just focussed on trying to be the best I can be in myself. Because the best me – if I’m my best and my higher self – I feel like I’m able to drive like I was able to, regardless of all the people and who else is around doing whatever they are doing.

“So, I did say when I came here that you can see things and they can often be maybe a sign of weakness.

“As I said, if we just kept our heads down, we knew this weekend Ferrari were going to be quick – and they’re ridiculously quick on the straights.


“I’m just really proud of my guys as well, not getting phased by this fight that we’re having.

“They could easily jump to conclusions and say, ‘Oh well, they’re doing this or they’re doing that’, instead of, ‘all we can do is control our own destiny’.

“All we can do is work on our starts, try and improve, make sure we do a better job understanding the car, doing a better job, pushing for better aero performance – all these different things.”

Hamilton now leads the championship race on 188 points, 17 points ahead of rival Vettel who is on 171 following his retirement in Germany.

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