Lewis Hamilton hails one of his best ever wins after stunning German Grand Prix victory

LEWIS HAMILTON survived a nervy THREE-HOUR wait before being allowed to keep his brilliant victory in the German GP.

Hamilton went from 15th to first and weathered a downpour to win the race, while title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out when leading.

 Hamilton celebrates after claiming his 66th race victories, which he has hailed as one of his best

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Hamilton celebrates after claiming his 66th race victories, which he has hailed as one of his best
 Hamilton crossed the line in first, having started the day in 14th

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Hamilton crossed the line in first, having started the day in 14th

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Despite crossing the line at 4:45pm, he had to wait until 7:31pm for race stewards to clear him of breaking the rules.

The incident happened on lap 52 when the safety car was deployed when Vettel skidded off and crashed.

Merc called Hamilton into the pits before changing their minds and he left the pit lane and drove across six metres of grass.
And, while it appears it WAS a breach of the sporting code, which prevents "the crossing of the line separating the pit entry and the track by a car" he was cleared.

 Hamilton's main title rival Vettel crashed out with 15 laps to go

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Hamilton's main title rival Vettel crashed out with 15 laps to go
 Vettel's crash sees the German relinquished his lead at the top of the Drivers' Championships

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Vettel's crash sees the German relinquished his lead at the top of the Drivers' Championships

He said: "It's not going to be taken away from me. Their decision will come out. It has been the most emotional day. No one ever wants to see the stewards."

He defended the incident, which could have seen him stripped of his win with a time penalty.

He added: "It was the most confusing second and a half. I thought I was going to stay out and then I was coming in.

"It was like 'go left, no go right', so I just slowed down and trundled across the grass and rejoin the track as safely as I could."

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LEWIS HAMILTON survived a nervy THREE-HOUR wait before being allowed to keep his brilliant victory in the German GP.