Lewis Hamilton’s best race? When Formula 1 star went from 14th to 1st in Germany

Lewis Hamilton German Grand Prix 2018

Lewis Hamilton’s best race will always be a tough call for any Formula 1 fan, with the seven-time world champion having plenty of previous triumphs to call back on.

Last season saw him take the win from the back of the grid in Sao Paulo (Sprint Race included). He went from 20th to fifth after the Sprint and then after another five place grid penalty for the race, went from P10 to win.

Other races that fans will always remember will be the Silverstone win on three tyres, Canada in 2007 or his rain masterclass in 2008 at his home race, putting on a clinic, finishing over a minute clear of second place.

Another race that always springs to mind is the 2018 win at the German Grand Prix where the Silver Arrows achieved their first 1-2 in front of the Mercedes-Benz Grandstand.

Hamilton, who was trailing Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship at the time, knew he needed a miracle to keep in touch and to keep his chances of a fifth world title alive.

Thankfully for the Brit, a stroke of good luck with his unbelievable ability on track saw him recover from 14th on the grid to take the chequered flag to win yet another race in his illustrious career, seeing him clinch a fifth world crown later that season.


A hydraulics issue in Q1 saw him unable to set a time in Q2, consigning him to a lowly P14 for the race, with title rival, Vettel on pole.

It was a true masterclass from Hamilton, who carved his way through the field during the race to show us all just how good he is. After a switch to the ultra softs saw his W09 go lightning quick, the weather caused chaos.

Hamilton was able to survive the dry parts of the track on his tyres, whilst some teams opted for intermediates and wets.

Vettel struggled to adapt to the conditions and crashed into the barriers causing a safety car. After a mix-up, Hamilton remained out in second place and leader, Kimi Raikkonen, pitted a lap later.

Now in the lead, Hamilton had to hang on as his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, had fresher ultra soft tyres, which he did for a while until team orders meant they stopped fighting close to the end of the race to secure the 1-2.

The 2018 German Grand Prix surely has to feature in any conversation about Lewis Hamilton’s greatest ever race, seeing him win from outside the top 6 for the first time in his career.

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