F1: Hamilton doesn't feel like he leads points yet
Aug 08 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Rosberg won the opening four rounds of this year's championship, but - since his dramatic crash with Hamilton on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix in May - he has won on just one occasion with his Mercedes team-mate scoring 62 more points.
The Mercedes driver started second on the grid, but quickly had pole-sitter and teammate Nico Rosberg in his rear view mirror.
Sebastian Vettel was fifth on his first appearance in Ferrari colors on home soil, crossing the line 32.5 seconds adrift of Hamilton, with Finnish teammate Kimi Raikkonen capping a disappointing weekend for the Italian team in sixth.
British rookie Jolyon Palmer started 14th and made three places off the start line, but a clumsy collision with Felipe Massa on lap one saw him drop to last, and he ended the race only 19th.
Rosberg said he has an issue with the consistency of decisions from the FIA Stewards, following his latest brush with officialdom on Sunday. Hamilton, Verstappen, and Ricciardo all overtook Rosberg before the first corner and did not look back even once.
Victory in Germany means the Brit has now won six of the last seven races and must now be considered a strong favourite to retain his crown this season. "He had a good run on the outside", Ricciardo said.
Nico Rosberg is now 19 points behind Lewis Hamilton and it seems like a tough task for the German driver.
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Northern Ireland's Meeke finished 29.1sec clear of Latvala in a Volkswagen Polo R while Ireland's Craig Breen celebrated a maiden podium placing with third in his Citroen, a further 1 minute and 12.2 seconds back.
That turned into an eight-second penalty because the stopwatch Mercedes used to time it broke and although he returned to the race less than five seconds behind Verstappen, he was not able to catch him.
"It feels like only a couple weeks ago we were in Barcelona and I was 43 points behind thinking, "jeez, I might come away 50 points behind".
Ricciardo celebrated his second place by drinking champagne from his boot on the podium.
After his victory in Hungary, which enabled him to take charge of the championship for the first time this year, Hamilton described his spectacular collision with Rosberg in Barcelona as the turning point of his season.
So what happened that was significantly important in this Grand Prix? "I could still see his hands going straight so I don't know if that is full lock".