Lewis Hamilton Dominates German Grand Prix En Route to Dominating Win

The 2016 Formula One championship is now Lewis Hamilton’s to lose. The Mercedes driver looked like he would be a prime candidate for a second place finish this weekend as his teammate Nico Rosberg was quickest in both practice sessions on Friday then won the pole for today’s German Grand Prix.

It looked like the race would be Rosberg’s to lose while Hamilton would likely come in second as he was second on the speed charts in all three sessions.

But, two costly mistakes by Rosberg on Sunday handed Hamilton the victory as he won his 49th career F1 win and sixth of the season.

Now, Hamilton has extended his points lead to 19 as we head to the summer break with winning four consecutive races and all six in his last seven starts on the season.

Rosberg, bogged down on the start and didn’t get away cleanly. Both Red Bull Racing cars would get by as Rosberg went from first to fourth in one lap.

But, the German would rebound and eventually get back up to second on Lap 30. However, that move to get into second place cost him a five second penalty as he pushed Max Verstappen off the course in Turn 6.

The penalty would put both Red Bull cars by him again as he’d never make up the ground he lost finishing fourth. It was his third finish off the podium in the last seven races which is why Hamilton has not only caught him for the championship, but passed him and pulled out to a sizeable lead in the process.

Ricciardo would earn his second straight podium finish and third overall this season as he brought his No. 3 Red Bull entry home second today. His teammate Verstappen would grab his third podium in the last four races and sixth top five in the last eight races with a third place effort on Sunday.

The two Ferrari drivers in Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen would come home fifth and sixth respectively.

Felipe Massa’s Williams and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber were the only cars to retire, the former having struggled with his handling after making contact with Palmer on the opening lap.

German Grand Prix Results:

  1. 44 Hamilton
  2.  3 Ricciardo
  3. 33 Verstappen
  4.  6 Rosberg
  5.  5 Vettel
  6.  7 Raikkonen
  7. 27 Hulkenberg
  8. 22 Button -1
  9. 77 Bottas -1
  10. 11 Perez -1
  11. 21 Gutierrez -1
  12. 14 Alonso -1
  13.  8 Grosjean -1
  14. 55 Sainz -1
  15. 26 Kvyat -1
  16. 20 Magnussen -1
  17. 94 Wehrlein R -2
  18.  9 Ericsson -2
  19. 30 Palmer R -2
  20. 88 Haryanto R -2
  21. 12 Nasr OUT
  22. 19 Massa OUT

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