After an absence in 2015, Formula One returned to Germany for the 2016 German Grand Prix. Despite taking pole, Rosberg’s poor start and penalty cost him the race. Lewis Hamilton took his 3rd German Grand Prix and has now surged ahead in the Championship. He has won 6 out of the last 7 races. Red Bull have continued their resurgence, and now moved to 2nd in the Constructors with a double podium. Ferrari’s struggles continue, with the mid season break coming just at the right time for them.
Meme’s that sum up the German Grand Prix
1. It was the start that ruined the race for Nico
Throughout the season, the start has not exactly been a strong point for Mercedes. Nico had a slow start out of the box, and which compounded by wheel spin just seconds later, allowed the Red Bulls and Lewis to pull ahead. It was here, Nico knew that he lost the race win and would try to make a podium charge. That would fail in the end again.
2. Rosberg continued to get the attention at the German Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg seems to have a knack of ending up into trouble with the stewards at every race now. At the hairpin at Hockeinheim, he continued straight well past the normal turning point and pushed Max Verstappen out of the track. Despite claiming his steering wheel locked up, he was given a 5 second (turned 8 second) penalty by the Stewards. At least, he would not end up crashing.
3. Red Bull are now surging ahead in the standings.
Ferrari seemed the likely candidate to challenge the Silver Arrows. Red Bull have proven otherwise. Since Spain, the cars have come out strong. Ferrari are struggling and there seems to be discord between the team and the drivers. It has now experienced 3 races without a podium for the team. The German Grand Prix was another disappointing race for them, and the break can now allow them to evaluate their options.
Red Bull on the other hand, are now ahead of them in the standings, with their first double podium of the season.
4. Lewis Hamilton ruins Nico’s party once again
Except for race day, Nico Rosberg was the fastest man during the German Grand Prix weekend. A disastrous start and a masterful ride from Lewis saw the Briton take his 3rd German win and a 19 point lead in the championship. A strong ending for him, as they enter the mid-season break.
5. Summer Break
Without a doubt, the season has been an exciting one. Tight battles are going on between the teams and drivers but unforuantley, it’s time for a pause. The season enters the Summer Break, which allows the teams to work on their shortcomings for the next half of the season. For the fans, it’s now 4 weeks of waiting till the Belgium Grand Prix.