Hamilton snatches German GP victory

A strong start gave Lewis Hamilton his fourth win in July as he too the chequered flag in Germany.

Start, Hockenheimring, 2016
Pole sitter Nico Rosberg got away slowly and was passed by both Red Bulls, which he spent the rest of the race scrapping with.

However an altercation with Max Verstappen at the hairpin led to Rosberg receiving a five-second time penalty. He served it at his final pit stop which left him running to the end behind the two RB12s.

Daniel Ricciardo took second place after falling behind his team mate at the start. Red Bull had their drivers exchange positions at one point to ensure both benefited from Rosberg’s delay.

A slow pit stop for Kimi Raikkonen dropped him to sixth place behind team mate Sebastian Vettel. Nico Hulkenberg took seventh ahead of Jenson Button after Valtteri Bottas fell back to ninth place on fading tyres in the final laps,

Sergio Perez took the final point ahead of Esteban Gutierrez. The only retirements were Felipe Massa, who was hit by Jolyon Palmer at the start, and Felipe Nasr, whose Sauber stopped in the final laps.

Hamilton takes fifth Hungarian GP win

Lewis Hamilton took his fifth victory at the Hungaroring after beating team mate Nico Rosberg to win the Hungarian Grand Prix to take the lead of the drivers’ championship.

Hamilton leapt out front at the start and was only ever headed during the pit stop cycles as he managed the gap to Rosberg behind and take the chequered flag and the championship lead.

Daniel Ricciardo held of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari to take third, while Max Verstappen survived a late challenge from Kimi Raikkonen to secure fifth.

As the lights went out, it was Hamilton who got the better start of the two Mercedes and swept into the lead into the first turn. Ricciardo also got a great start and tried to pass the Mercedes pair around the outside and appeared to have dispatched Rosberg, but the championship leader was able to snatch second position back from the Red Bull into turn two.

After keeping Verstappen behind him for over ten laps earlier in the race, Raikkonen found himself chasing down the Red Bull for fifth in the final stint. Verstappen defended the Ferrari’s attacks robustly, with Raikkonen clipping the back of the Ferrari into turn two and losing part of his front wing.

Rosberg did briefly begin to put his team mate under mild pressure in the final stint but was unable to mount a genuine challenge for the lead of the race. Hamilton counted down the laps to take his fifth victory at the Hungaroring and the lead in the drivers’ championship.

Sebastian Vettel tried a late challenge on Daniel Ricciardo, but could not pass the Red Bull driver, who held on to take the final podium place. Verstappen held off Raikkonen, while Fernando Alonso capped off a strong weekend for McLaren with seventh. Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten.

Provisional 2016 British Grand Prix result

Pos.

Driver

Team

1

Lewis

Mercedes

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

4

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

6

Sergio Perez

Force India

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

9

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

10

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

11

Felipe Massa

Williams

12

Jenson Button

McLaren

13

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

14

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

15

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

16

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas

17

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

DNF

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

DNF

Rio Haryanto

Manor

DNF

Romain Grosjean

Haas

DNF

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

DNF

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor

Hamilton wins dramatic British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took his fourth victory at Silverstone after a dramatic race which started in the rain to close the gap in the championship to just four points.

Hamilton finished comfortably ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg who suffered with gearbox issues on the final few laps, but remains under investigation for radio messages coaching him on how to fix the problem.

Mercedes took a one-two finish at the flag but Nico Rosberg’s second place remains in doubt as the stewards are investigating assistance given to him by his team on the radio when he experienced a problem with his gearbox.

Max Verstappen took the flag in third place after racing hard with Rosberg and passing him around the outside at Becketts early in the race. Daniel Ricciardo, who lost time due to a Virtual Safety Car period early in the race, took fourth.

Kimi Raikkonen took fifth ahead of the two Force India drivers after passing Sergio Perez. Carlos Sainz Jnr finished eighth ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who was given a five second penalty for forcing Felipe Massa wide while overtaking the Williams driver.

The final points scorer and last driver on the lead lap was Daniil Kvyat.

The first five laps of the race were run behind the Safety Car after a cloudburst 20 minutes before the start soaked the circuit.

Rosberg handed time-penalty for Hamilton collision

After several hours of deliberation by the race stewards, Nico Rosberg was handed a 10-second time penalty and reprimand following his crash with team mate Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes duo collided on the final lap of the race as Rosberg attempted to prevent Hamilton from passing.

The stewards said: “Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the video and telemetry data, it was apparent that Car 44 (HAM) was in front of Car 6 (ROS) – i.e. more than fully alongside – and that the driver of Car 44 could have clearly made the turn (T2) on the track, if not for the resultant collision.

“Car 6 did not allow Car 44 ‘racing room’ and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision.”

The championship leader was also awarded two penalty points for the accident and a reprimand for not having stopped while his car was damaged.

“The driver continued on the track with a damaged car spreading debris and with the front wing detached but recognition of extenuating circumstances, that he slowed down and tried to mitigate risk to other drivers and cars.”

On the first lap in Spain both crashed out of the race after colliding into each other while in Canada contact between the pair left Rosberg compromised for the rest of the race going into turn one.

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