F1: German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton wins at Hockenheim
Nico Rosberg started the German Grand Prix from the Pole after beating his MercedesAMG team mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying he starts alongside him in 2nd this Y 2016 championship battle.
During the race Mr. Hamilton went from 2nd place on the grid to take the lead, and held it throughout the race, extending his lead in the Drivers’ Championship, which he took last week in Hungary.
The Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo finished in 2nd place, with team mate Max Verstappen 3rd.
Nico Rosberg came 4th.
The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen came 5th and 6th.
The start of the race we saw Mr. Hamilton pass Mr. Rosberg, as did both Mr. Ricciardo and Mr. Verstappen.
At the 1st pit stops Mr. Rosberg went in before Mr. Hamilton to try and cover Mr. Verstappen. A long pit stop prevented Mr. Rosberg from passing Verstappen and when he came out of the pits he was stuck behind the McLaren of Jenson Button.
Then on Lap 30, both Messrs Rosberg and Verstappen pitted again, with the Red Bull driver coming out ahead.
And as Rosberg attempted an aggressive overtake and forced Mr. Verstappen off the track while passing him. Mr. Verstappen came across the team radio complaining about being pushed off, and the stewards investigated the overtake. A few laps later, the stewards gave Mr. Rosberg a 5-sec time penalty for the move.
On Lap 48, Hamilton came in for his last stop and re-entered the track with the lead, with the Ferrari of Kiki Räikkönen behind him.
Mr. Räikkönen needed another stop though and took his own stop, and re-entered the race in 6th place.
On Lap 65, a scrap between Fernando Alonso and Sergio Pérez was one to watch, with the Red Bull of Mr. Verstappen trying to lap them thrown in for good measure.
Mr. Verstapen lapped Mr. Pérez, who fell far behind, but Mr. Alonso locked up his brakes after Mr. Verstappen overtook him, and Mr. Perez managed to slip past Mr. Alonso for 10th place and the final points position.
Mr. Alonso’s team mate, Jenson Button, managed to pass Valtteri Bottas to move into eighth place shortly after that.
Overall it was a rather boring race.
Below is the full finishing order for Sunday’s race, as follows:
Not Classified: 21 Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber-Ferrari 57 Laps completed, 22 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 36 Laps completed
Have a terrific week