German Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton to start 14th after hydraulic failure


Denmark's Kevin Magnussen made the most of Hamilton's absence from the final phase by putting his Ferrari-powered Haas into fifth place with French team mate Romain Grosjean sixth.

Talking to reporters during a team news conference ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix, in which he seeks to beat local hero Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and regain the leadership of this year's title race, Hamilton was full of praise for Mercedes and team chief Toto Wolff for their patience during seven months of prolonged negotiations.

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"We had a super auto, a great strategy and we did it at their home", cried Vettel in Italian over the team radio on his cool down lap.

And Hamilton admitted that with the major rule changes planned for 2021 he was not keen on committing to F1 for longer than the next two and a half seasons. For me it's something that we can work with, it doesn't affect me what so ever. So, good for him.

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"We will keep our heads down, keep ourselves quiet and focus on trying to do a better job across the board". "That's our approach right now".

"It's impossible to say where I'm going to be in two years, what I'm going to feel like in two years' time". We'll try to control the things that we can.

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"It was incredible to see so many red flags, German flags, so much support around the track", said the four-times world champion, who has yet to win a grand prix at the circuit nearest to where he grew up. Under the discretion of the stewards and with the help of evidence from his own team - who said the incident was premeditated - the American driver was given a four race ban and a fine for deliberately crashing into his teammate following the F2 Sprint Race. We have not been so lucky in the races this year but the team knows how I am performing, and this is a great sign of confidence in me and my driving.

"It didn't make sense for me to commit into the unknown even though it's easy for me to imagine just being with Mercedes, so that's not the issue. But I wouldn't want it any other way".

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