Formula Racing

German Grand Prix – Race Review

Vettel wins on home soil
By Armaan Ebrahim


A week ago the triple world champion was left disappointed when his Red Bull suffered a gearbox failure while he was en route for a comfortable win. But that's all in the past after his win at the Nurburgring!

Starting on the front row besides Lewis Hamilton who was on pole. Vettel made a blinder of a start where both he and his team mate Mark Webber flew past a slow Mercedes. From there on Seb controlled the race and did well to withstand pressure from both Lotus cars at different parts of the race. This stretches his lead even more and dare I say it but he and Red Bull are looking really strong for another title.

Kimi Raikkonen finished a close second and even led the GP at one point but a late pitstop with only 20 laps left dropped him back to third and by the time he caught up with Vettel, it was too late as the chequered flag dropped. Kimi was closely followed by his team mate Romain Grosjean who was on the podium for the first time since Bahrain. The Frenchman was pleased with his result and will do his confidence a lot of good. Lotus as a team have done well to bounce back after their recent slump and lost lots of points to their rivals in the recent races.

Racing ahead was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who clearly had to fight his way there and just didn't have the pace. This is a really worrying factor for Ferrari because their title contender is either winning races or finishing on the podium. Behind him was a disappointed Lewis Hamilton who's only upside to the weekend was his pole position in qualifying. Mercedes seem to be very inconsistent when it comes to tyre wear, from winning in Silverstone to just about scoring points at the ring a week later.

Jenson button and Mclaren were competitive in the top 6 after a long time and personally it was great to see them back up there. Mark Webber made a brilliant recovery to finish seventh after his rear wheel flew off on pit road. Sergio Perez,Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg round up the top ten.

After a string of strong performances, Sahara Force India had a learning weekend with neither car making it into the points. I'm sure this was just a one-off and the guys will work really hard on their cars weaknesses and come with full force for the next GP.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes