Lewis Hamilton takes a Commanding German Grand Prix Victory
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 31, 2016 Updated: 3:01 PM
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton displayed an amazing performance to beat teammate Nico Rosberg at home and take his 3rd German Grand Prix Sunday.
The “Jedi Knight” of F1 had a blistering start, and from there controlled the pace to take his 49th career win. This win positions him just two wins away from drawing level with the great Alain Prost (51) who is number two in the all time win list.
“I had a great start. We have been working really hard to get off the line faster and more consistently and that hard work has clearly paid off. A big thanks also to the guys in the garage, I’m glad they get a well-earned break now as they really deserve it. I’m super happy with today – especially after yesterday,” said Hamilton.
Both Red Bulls finished with an impressive result with both cars getting on the podium after Rosberg had a very poor start from pole position. His woes continued after he received a penalty for his questionable driving as he attempted to overtake Max Verstappen. Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo took second with Verstappen finishing third.
To beat one Mercedes is nice but for both cars to beat one Mercedes and the pole-sitter was really good. In the first part of the race I was sitting in third and the pace was okay but I think I really came to life in the second half of the race and that’s when I was able to show a bit more speed and capture second place. It was the best we could do today and I’m now happy to go into the summer break with another podium in the bag.,” said Ricciardo.
“Rosberg just braked very late and then didn’t turn into the corner,” said Verstappen. “that incident cost me a lot of time, he pushed me wide and put me in a bad situation. I then let Daniel go by as was the strategy of the team, in the end the most important thing was to score the points and move up in the Constructors’ Championship.”
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished his home race in fifth and teammate Kimi Raikkonen sixth. Despite putting up a strong fight, it just wasn’t enough and now Ferrari are behind Red Bull in the championship standings.
“We’re usually faster in the race than we are in qualifying, but this wasn’t the case today: we were sliding around too much and this affected the tires as well. Fifth and sixth place was the best we could do but we obviously can’t accept that, we will be working to improve and we know what to do, the stuff that’s coming up for the next races has always been part of our plan,” said Vettel.
Another home favorite, Force india’s Nico Hulkenberg, finished seventh ahead of Jenson Button and Valtteri Bottas, who finished eighth and ninth in the final seven laps due to his two-stop strategy.
Hulkenberg’s teammate Sergio Perez finished ahead of Fernando Alonso to take tenth.
Williams’ Felipe Massa, who came in contact with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer on the opening lap, retired his car on lap 38 as he struggled with his car as a result of the crash.
Felipe Nasr also retired his car after he stopped his Sauber in the pit lane on lap 60.
Over the last seven races Lewis Hamilton has surprised many who had started to write off his chances of a fourth straight championship. He now has turned what was a 43-point deficit into a 19-point advantage.
Nico Rosberg will have four weeks to reflect on the first half of the season as we enter the summer break ahead of the next grand prix in Belgium.