Hockenheim — Lewis Hamilton went from 14th to first to seize a "miracle" German Grand Prix victory for Mercedes on Sunday and retake the Formula One championship lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who crashed. Vettel, now 17 points behind the Briton after starting eight ahead, led from pole position until rain caused chaos in the closing laps, with the German sliding into the barriers. Reigning world champion Hamilton took the chequered flag, for a record-equalling fourth German Grand Prix win, ahead of his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. It was the 66th win of his Formula One career, and minutes after the finish the heavens opened with an array of thunder and lightning and a fierce downpour that would have stopped any race. "Miracles do happen, mate," Hamilton’s race engineer Pete Bonnington told him over the radio after a slow burner that turned into one of the great comebacks of the Briton’s already stellar career. Hamilton, who threw himself acr...

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