Lewis Hamilton spoke of his pride after picking up his first German Grand Prix victory as a Mercedes works driver during Sunday’s race at Hockenheim.
Hamilton has enjoyed ties with Mercedes since he was 13 years old, spending the entirety of his F1 career racing in cars powered by the German marque.
Hamilton won the German Grand Prix twice with McLaren, but today’s victory marked his first for Mercedes’ works F1 operation at its home race.
“What a race,” Hamilton said.
“Yesterday [I qualified in] second place, but got a great start, my engineers did a fantastic job, the balance was amazing. It was just about keeping it cool and looking after the engine.
“I’m just so happy that I can be up here for Mercedes-Benz who I’ve been with since I was 13, so this is a very proud position for me to be in.
“A big thank you to the team who did an amazing job.”
Hamilton appeared disgruntled after qualifying second on Saturday, but said he turned the negative into a positive with a faultless display.
“Today I didn’t make any mistakes, so in my heart I’m happy with what I did today,” Hamilton said.
“I came to do a job. Yesterday wasn’t perfect but you learn from those things.
“Today was really a show of looking at the glass half-full, and filling it up.”
Hamilton now heads into the summer break with a 19-point lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship, having enjoyed a 62-point swing since the Spanish Grand Prix in May.
“I think the whole team, everyone back at the factory and everyone here, they’ve worked so hard this first half of season, and they all need a break,” Hamilton said.
“We all need a break, so it’s really well earned – a big thank-you.”
Formula 1 returns with the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.