Lewis Hamilton won his fourth consecutive F1 race of the season on Sunday when he finished first at the German Grand Prix.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC
DRIVER WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE RACE
Lewis Hamilton won his fourth consecutive Formula 1 race on Sunday when he finished first at the German Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was followed by Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
In a rare occurrence, Hamilton was the only Mercedes driver on the podium, as Nico Rosberg came in fourth place.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top five.
With the win, Hamilton extended his lead in the championship standings, putting space between himself and Rosberg.
“What a day,” Hamilton said. “Just awesome. I wasn’t expecting to be as strong as I was today. I had a great start. We have been working really hard to get off the line faster and more consistently and that hard work has clearly paid off.”
While Mercedes remains dominant, the story of the day was the performance of the Red Bull cars. The second and third place finishes of Ricciardo and Verstappen, respectively, shows that the Red Bull team can compete.
“It was a difficult and disappointing day for me,” Rosberg said. “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.”
The only American team, Haas F1, had its best finish from Esteban Gutierrez, who came in 11th place, while Romain Grosjean came in 13th.