The German Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton saw Lewis Hamilton take his sixth victory of the year, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen occupying the other two spots on the podium. Further down the order, Nico Hulkenberg and Jenson Button did full justice to their machine to score a decent haul of points.
After playing second fiddle to Nico Rosberg up till qualifying, Lewis Hamilton retook the initiative with a rocketing start from second on the grid. It’s arguable if Hamilton would have been able to get his nose ahead, had Rosberg made at least half-a-decent start, but that doesn’t take anything from his superb launch from the front row.
From there on, Hamilton sensibly turned down the engine and cruised to the finish line, avoiding any serious threat from the Red Bulls behind
With Rosberg only finishing fourth, he extends his advantage to a sizeable margin of 19 points heading into the summer break.
Passed slow-starting Nico Rosberg, but got bogged down by Max Verstappen, who made an aggressive pass on the outside of turn 1.
Showed strong pace thereafter and was let through by teammate to challenge Hamilton, who subsequently picked up his pace to dispose off his threat.
With back-to-back podium, Ricciardo moves up to third place in the drivers standings, 11 points clear of Kimi Raikkonen.
Made an aggressive, yet fair pass on Ricciardo to move up to second at the start. Could have held his position for the entire duration of the race, but obeyed to team orders to let Ricciardo through.
Looking back, there was little to separate between the Red Bull pairing, although they finished six seconds adrift at the chequered flag.
Didn’t have the best of starts, but managed to retain his position on the opening lap. Although Force India didn’t have the outright pace to catch Williams, Hulkenberg stayed within close proximity of Valtteri Bottas.
So, when the Finn ran into tyre trouble late in the race, the German hammered down, passing him to secure seventh place.
With Perez only finishing a distant 10th, the result will serve as a major confidence boost for Hulkenberg, who sits 15 points behind the Mexican in the standings.
Jumped from 12th to ninth at the start of the race, laying foundation to another points finish for McLaren.
He spent rest of the afternoon trying to save fuel as the Honda engine proved to be over-thirsty at Hockenheim. However, all the hard work paid dividends as Button managed to cross the finish line in eighth place, after passing Bottas late in the race.