Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton took victory for the Mercedes Formula One team at their home race the German Grand Prix.
The Englishman who started the race from second place on the grid alongside team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg had following qualifying eluded to the fact that he believed that Sunday would be a good day for Mercedes meaning that he felt the German manufacturer wanted their German driver to win the race.
In the end that is not how it played out however as Hamilton took victory ahead of the Red Bull Racing pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Following their double podium finish Red Bull have now jumped Ferrari and are in second place in the Constructors championship as Formula One now heads to the Summer break.
Starting the race from pole position Nico Rosberg was left disappointed as not only did he lose the lead in the championship but he could only finish the race in fourth place.
Ferrari had a terrible day at the office with Sebastian Vettel managing to get ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen at the start of the race for fifth place and that is where the German stayed for the rest of the race. Raikkonen will be frustrated with the team as in his first pit-stop he lost a considerable amount of time with the stop being 5.5s.
The Iceman ended the race in sixth place as a result just ahead of the Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s Nico Hulkenberg.
Despite suffering some sort of issue towards the end of the race it was a great day for McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button who finished the race in eighth place just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Sergio Perez who rounded out the top ten.
Esteban Gutierrez just missed out on a points finish for the Haas F1 Team as he ended the race in 11th place just ahead of Fernando Alonso with Romain Grosjean 13th.
The Toro Rosso team had a disappointing race with Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat finishing the race in 14th and 15th place respectively. Renault Sport F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen ended the race in 16th place just ahead of the Manor F1 Team’s Pascal Wehrlein while Marcus Ericsson was 18th for the Sauber F1 Team.
Jolyan Palmer ended the race in 19th place just ahead of Rio Haryanto in the second Manor who was the last driver classified as both Felipe Nasr and Felipe Massa retired from the race.