German GP: Sebastian Vettel's crash one of his 'darkest moments'

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said he would still sleep soundly despite a mistake that cost him a home German Grand Prix win at Hockenheim and the Formula One championship lead on Sunday.

The four-time world champion was leading in his Ferrari until rain began to fall, more heavily in some parts of the circuit than others.

Sebastian Vettel insists he "won't have difficultly sleeping" following his crash while leading the German Grand Prix that ultimately cost the Ferrari driver an nearly certain win on home soil.

"As a driver, of course, a win is what you're looking after", Bottas said.

"In front of his home crowd here with such a chance to get a huge points haul over Lewis, he puts it away like that".

Hamilton said: "What an incredible job by you guys".

He said: "It is very hard (to win) from that position and highly unlikely but you have always got to believe".

"I can't believe that things happened the way I prayed about and the way I focused. So, thanks to God".

Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault finished fifth ahead of Romain Grosjean's Haas.

The conditions allowed some of the lesser teams to grab some attention, with Sauber's Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc top of the timesheets ahead of Swedish team mate Marcus Ericsson. In the previous race, he was bumped off the track on the first lap but rose from last to second at the British GP with another superbly skilled and resilient drive.

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo retired on Lap 28 after reporting loss of power, compounding a miserable weekend which saw him start at the back of the grid due to power unit penalties. "Up and down", added the 33-year-old, who was summoned to see stewards more than an hour after the end of the race for a pitlane infringement and given a reprimand.

"This is just silly - I m losing time and destroying my tyres", he told Ferrari.

"Apologies to the team, they did everything right and I had it in my hands". Irritated by what he perceived to be Hamilton's deliberately slow driving behind a safety auto, he accelerated alongside the British driver and then inexplicably swerved into the left side of his Mercedes. "You know, I think when you come to England, going around I don't remember any of the fans booing". It really started to rain heavily.

His mishap opened the door wide open for Hamilton, who is 17 points clear of Vettel after trailing by eight beforehand. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 4.535.

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