MUNICH – The horror show at Hockenheim left Lewis Hamilton feeling hungover. "I'm going home to try and sleep this off, come back stronger next weekend," the reigning Formula One champion tweeted.
The Briton didn't have long in his own bed in Monaco, though, with duty calling as Mercedes look to smooth their dented egos this weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"Sometimes you have to get a slap in the face and learn from it," Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff said. "Those are the days that make us better. We have to think about what went wrong. Everyone is really damaged."
Mercedes' sponsorship helped bring the German Grand Prix into being. The team's 200th Formula One race at Hockenheim was supposed to be a celebration of its position as the sport's market leader. The cars wore special livery and the crew nostalgic 1950s-style outfits to celebrate Mercedes' 125 years in motorsport.
Yet everything went wrong. "Armageddon," Wolff called it. "I believe in karma," he said. "Sometimes when you want to do something particularly well, things can go wrong."