By Lara Seychell
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Lewis Hamilton had the best send-off to the first part of the season before the summer break kicks in as he won the German Grand Prix.
So what happened that was significantly important in this Grand Prix?
Plain sailing for Hamilton
For a second race running, Hamilton started in second place on the grid behind Nico Rosberg. He had a superb start and was first after the first corner. On the other hand, Rosberg had one of his worst starts and saw himself being passed by both Red Bull by the first corner. The race was plain sailing for Hamilton, as he crossed the finish line in first ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Rosberg finished in fourth
Hamilton – By the Numbers
Hamilton is now leading the drivers’ championship by 19 points, having won his fourth consecutive race and his sixth race in the past seven GPs.
Where did it go wrong for Rosberg?
Rosberg did not just have a bad start to compromise his race. He was also given a five second time penalty after having taken Verstappen off the track as he tried to overtake him.
The German therefore lost all the time he gained by overtaking Verstappen, and also ended up spending more than the five second penalty in the pits as the stop-watch being used by the team stopped working abruptly. He ended up spending around eight seconds in the pits without the team being able to touch the car.
When & where does it all start again?
After the 67 laps, Hamilton crossed the finish line in first, which means that he now goes into the four-week summer break in the lead of the championship. However, the Brit knows that he needs to take a grid penalty for using more than the permitted number of engines at one of the first two races after the summer break.
The next race will be the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August, as the teams now break up for summer. The second part of the season will surely be a head-to-head until the final race in Abu Dhabi.
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