Earlier in the season it was all Nico Rosberg, race wins were falling into his lap as misfortunes fell upon Lewis Hamilton on a regular basis; first lap crashes, engine failures, it seemed that the World Championship was destined to be Rosberg’s. It was inferred on this very site that the German had spent one winter night in Monaco making a deal with a horned man for a run of favourable results, a soul for a World Championship.
Unfortunately for Nico, it appears that the horned man in the sharp suit suddenly remembered about two months ago that Nico’s soul had already been traded for flowing locks of blonde hair, boyish good looks and a large condo in Monaco.
Starting second on the grid, Lewis Hamilton was once again able to surge past his teammate and be ahead by the first corner, the poor starts he endured at the beginning of the season are now a distant memory for the Brit. With the two Red Bulls able to get past the sluggish Rosberg as well, it was all too easy for the three time World Champion to pull out a lead and then manage the gap to Verstappen and later Riccardo for 67 laps around the modernised Hockenheim circuit.
For the third race running Hamilton was able to turn his engine mode down and control the pace of the race from the front, untroubled throughout, unflappable in the lead and now in control of the World Championship race, it was another statement from the mature Lewis Hamilton.