Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel was leading on lap 52 of 67 as rain began to fall at the Hockenheimring circuit, meaning track conditions were difficult to negotiate. Entering the stadium section, Seb lost control of his car, and hit the outside barrier at Turn 13, bringing out the safety car. Kimi, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen all pitted for a fresh set of ultrasoft Pirelli tyres, but Hamilton did not amid confusion over the radio with his Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport team.
On the safety restart with 10 laps remaining, Bottas tried to make a move on his team-mate, but after going side-by-side through Turn 7, was told to hold position behind Hamilton, thus securing Mercedes its first ever 1-2 in the history of the German Grand Prix.
“In what was a particularly fraught weekend for the team, it would have been important for us to bring home the win and our car had shown it was up to the job. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. Kimi drove a great race to make it to the podium. We now head off immediately for Hungary, determined to give it our best shot, just prior to the summer break.” – Maurizio Arrivabene, the current team principal of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team, concluded at the end of the 2018 German Grand Prix.