"I think it's disappointing because up until that point everything was sweet, but yeah, as I said, we didn't need the rain". I prayed as I always do before the race and my prayers were really answered, it freaks me out a little bit and to see the biblical storm afterwards. After racing for so many years, you never know when you're going to have another brilliant race.
"KR: "I don't, I'm sorry, but can you be clearer. what do you want me to do?"
"I don't think it was a huge mistake".
Ferrari's pole-sitter Vettel looked comfortable in the lead and was en route to his first Formula 1 win in front of his home fans in Hockenheim, but things were turned on their head when rainfall arrived in the latter stages of the race.
The win - which reversed Vettel's win over Hamilton at his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone two weeks ago - means that the Mercedes man has opened up a 17-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings.
Asked whether the win made him feel good about the millions paid to the driver, the Austrian smiled.
Mercedes lead with 310 points to Ferrari on 302 points while in the drivers' Hamilton has 188 and Vettel has 171.
Formula 1 German Grand Prix start time, TV channel and odds
The German, eight points better off in the championship heading into the weekend, looked certain to take his first victory at Hockenheim, just 30 minutes from where he was born.
After the first round of pit stops, Raikkonen found himself leading the German Grand Prix but with another pit stop to make before the finish.
Sitting in his auto, wedged into the barriers as the field raced by, the German, in his obvious frustration could be seen banging his steering wheel in disgust.
"Yesterday, we saw how bad it can be and in 24 hours, it can all turn around".
"Let him go? Just tell me".
"We have a strong auto, so we can be as confident, more confident, than anybody else".
Meanwhile his teammate Max Verstappen was hampered by a miscalculation with tyres that denied him the opportunity to challenge for the podium, finishing fourth.
Marcus Ericsson was ninth for Sauber and New Zealander Brendon Hartley 10th for Toro Rosso.
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