Risible Rosberg start sends Hamilton clear in Hockenheim-formula-one


Lewis Hamilton will enjoy a summer break from Formula One 19 points ahead of Nico Rosberg in the drivers' standings after an imperious victory at the German Grand Prix.

Rosberg had appeared to master the Hockenheimring all weekend, dominating practice and qualifying on pole position, but he was unable to repeat his home victory of two years ago.

An awful start left the German behind Hamilton and the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, with a penalty for forcing the Dutch teenager off the road hitting Rosberg's attempts at a revival further as the podium eluded him.

Ricciardo won the battle of the Red Bulls for second place, with a late charge towards Hamilton just falling short.

His early exploits allowed Hamilton to nurse his engine to the line, possibly allowing the Brit to eke another race out of his current power unit before he takes on a sixth of the season - and a 10-place grid penalty.

Though the double-defending champion has urged caution due to this issue, victories in six of the last seven races have put him firmly in the boxseat as Rosberg fails to build on his stunning start to 2016.