Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton at the 2016 Formula One German Grand Prix
Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton took a commanding win on Sunday at the 2016 Formula One German Grand Prix held at the Hockenheimring.
It was the Briton’s 49th career win, which means he’s now just two shy of matching Alain Prost for second in the all-time standings. At the top of the list is Michael Schumacher with a staggering 91 wins to his name.
Hamilton made the most of a bad start for his teammate and polesitter Nico Rosberg to pull into the lead. From there, he led the race on every lap.
Rosberg dropped down to fourth but managed to fight his way up to second, though he would suffer a penalty for an overtaking maneuver executed on Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen during a hairpin turn on lap 30. The Dutch youngster complained about being forced off the track and the stewards agreed, handing the German a 5.0-second pit stop penalty.
The penalty, which dragged on for a few extra seconds due to an error at the Mercedes camp, allowed Verstappen and teammate Daniel Ricciardo to move into second and third, respectively. Due to strategy, Ricciardo would eventually move up to second though he could never really challenge Hamilton for first place, with the Australian crossing the line almost 7.0 seconds behind the winner. Max Verstappen eventually crossed the line 13.4 seconds behind the winner to clinch the final spot on the podium.
Then it was Rosberg in fourth followed by Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen a distant fifth and sixth, respectively. The poor performance of the Italian team means Red Bull is now second in the Constructors’ Championship for the first time since 2014.
In seventh place was Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg who put on a good fight with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. Following Hulkenberg’s final stop Valtteri had a 15.0-second lead but with severely worn tires wasn’t able to hold onto the position and fell back. This enabled Hulkenberg to pull ahead and clinch seventh. McLaren’s Jenson Button also took advantage of the situation to clinch eighth. Bottas would eventually finish ninth with Force India’s other man Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten.
There weren’t many dramas in the race. Williams’ other man Felipe Massa was clipped on the opening lap by Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, causing some damage to his car. The issue couldn’t be identified or resolved during the race, therefore Massa was forced to retire. Another driver failing to finish was Felipe Nasr after his Sauber suffered some mechanical issues late in the race.
Thanks to his latest win, the sixth this season, Hamilton’s lead in the 2016 Drivers’ Championship extends to 217 points. Rosberg remains in second with 198 points and Ricciardo is in third with 133 points. In the Constructors’ standings, Mercedes has 415 points versus the 256 of Red Bull and 242 of Ferrari. Teams now enjoy their summer break before returning in late August for the Belgian Grand Prix.
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