Hockenheim, Germany - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff called the German Grand Prix an "Armageddon weekend" after Lewis Hamilton twice spun in the rain.
One of the best races of recent years was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with Hamilton promoted from 11th to ninth after both Alfa Romeos were bumped down the classification on Sunday night.
Hamilton only took part after he was cleared to race by FIA doctors on Sunday morning. The world champion had been suffering from a bug since arriving at Hockenheim.
After Mercedes finished with just two points following the 30-second penalties imposed on the Alfas of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for torque irregularities, Wolff said: "It was a terrible day for us. It is motor racing and sometimes you’ve got to take a slap on the chin. These are the days that make us better.
"We’ll think about what went wrong. This is an Armageddon weekend for us."