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F1: Hamilton reigns supreme at Hockenheim

Jul 312016

It’s arguably the mark of a true champion to turn near defeat into a winning position on their main rival’s home turf. That’s exactly what Lewis Hamilton did at the 2016 German Grand Prix; dialling in relentless pace on race day to score a dominant lights to flag win.

Right up until the start lights snuffed out on Sunday, teammate Nico Rosberg had been the racer in charge; clocking in what was possibly one of the finest qualifying laps of his career, to score his 27th pole position, as well as the privilege of starting his second home race – Monaco being the other – on the all important pole position grid slot.

An ecstatic Lewis told us: “It’s crazy that the time has gone by so quickly. Only a few weeks ago we were in Barcelona and I was 43 points behind thinking, jeez, I might come away 50 points behind. I was finding it hard to find a way through the trees. But I kept going and kept believing the light is beyond the bushes. My mechanics have shown no signs of giving up and that’s inspired me to do the same.
 
“I'm super happy with today - especially after yesterday. When I personally fail, knowing from 23 years of experience that I could definitely have done better, I really kick myself. Today, I have the opposite feeling. I delivered the way I'm supposed to. I know that I had the pace, I worked the tyres just right and I was never under threat from the guys behind. No mistakes this time either, so I'm very happy with that. It's awesome to go into the break on such a high.”

Nico said after the race: “It was a difficult and disappointing day for me. I had a lot of wheel spin at the start. That was strange, because my start during the formation lap was good. That cost me the lead and then the next two places as well, which meant it was always going to be a difficult race from there. I was happy to fight back to P2 after a tough battle with Max and was very surprised that I got penalised. We also lost a lot of time in the pits, so a lot of things went wrong today.
 
“Lewis doesn’t just seem strong, he is strong. A big difference there. It’s always going to be a battle against him. Today I’m disappointed. I had an awesome qualifying and was really optimistic I could bring it home today, so disappointed that everything went wrong. I look forward to the summer break now and want to come back stronger. I hope everybody in the team can charge the batteries. It's very well deserved.”

 

Race result:
1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            1h30m44.200s
2    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        6.996s
3    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        13.413s
4    Nico Rosberg        Mercedes            15.845s
5    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                32.570s
6    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari                37.023s
7    Nico Hulkenberg    Force India/Mercedes        1m10.049s
8    Jenson Button        McLaren/Honda        1 Lap
9    Valtteri Bottas        Williams/Mercedes        1 Lap
10    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes        1 Lap
11    Esteban Gutierrez    Haas/Ferrari            1 Lap
12    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda        1 Lap
13    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            1 Lap
14    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        1 Lap
15    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        1 Lap
16    Kevin Magnussen    Renault            1 Lap
17    Pascal Wehrlein    Manor/Mercedes        2 Laps
18    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari            2 Laps
19    Jolyon Palmer        Renault            2 Laps
20    Rio Haryanto        Manor/Mercedes        2 Laps
-    Felipe Nasr        Sauber/Ferrari            Retirement
-    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        Retirement

 

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