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German Grand Prix 2016: What the race means for the wider season

Lewis Hamilton takes a 19-point lead into the break, RealSport takes a look at how this past weekend shapes the rest of the season.


Lewis Hamilton won again in Germany, making it six of the last seven races, to extended his lead to 19 in the Drivers’ Championship. Hamilton looks to be on an unstoppable run but luckily for the rest of the F1 grid, the summer break is finally here which gives everybody some time to recoup and regroup to finish the season strong.

 

Drivers’ Championship will come down to Rosberg/Hamilton

The Drivers’ Championship looks like a two-horse race, barring some absolute insanity coming out of the break. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will battle it out the entire second half. Nico needs to do some serious tai-chi or something to get his mojo back during the break. Rosberg led Hamilton by 40 points heading to Spain and that’s where his collapse began. Hamilton went on to win six of the next races compared to Rosberg’s one. Mercedes have said that they expect it to come down to the final weekend in Abu Dhabi to determine the World Champion, but unless Nico comes out firing on all cylinders we may get to crown Lewis the World Champion a few races before then.

 

Constructor Championship races

Mercedes have all but wrapped up the Constructor Championship like they have in the Drivers’, barring pure chaos they have it locked up. While first may be done and dusted there are a lot of good battles on the rest of the table, and some large sums of money on the board. The biggest one heading into the second half is obviously Red Bull and Ferrari for second place.

Ferrari were all talk coming into the season saying they were ready to challenge Mercedes, well Red Bull had their own thoughts, coming out and punching Ferrari right in the mouth. After Germany, Red Bull finally have a nice gap. The battle for second will be one of the most exciting battles we’ll watch all second half of the season. Ferrari will not want to give in and let Red Bull overtake them. Red Bull will be looking to extend their lead and eventually set their eyes on Mercedes. The upgrades coming over the break will be key for each team as they look up on the table, all leading to challenging the mighty Silver Arrows. 

The midfield teams are having their own great battles in the Constructor Championship. Force India is chasing Williams and making up ground for fourth place, while McLaren Honda and Toro Rosso are in a scrap themselves for sixth.

Force India have been scoring points and catching the Williams slowly but surely. Take away a brake failure that Perez had in Austria and give a few more laps in Hungary, there’s a few more points possibly to the team. With Bottas the only Williams driver finishing in the points after Massa retired, the Force India team scored seven points to two. Force India look ready to pounce.

 

Radio restrictions no more

The F1 strategy group removed all radio restrictions for this last weekend’s German Grand Prix which came as music to F1 fans’ ears. The announcement came before the race and will carry throughout the rest of the season. There will no longer be any restrictions to radio messages, except during the formation lap and start. The restrictions being lifted are a good thing for fans and teams alike. The restrictions being lifted could help prevent moments like when Sergio Perez lost his brakes in Austria and went flying into the barriers because the garage couldn’t tell him his brakes were nearly gone, or the Jenson Button situation in Hungary as his car went haywire and his brakes went as well. The team told him regardless of the restrictions and he received a penalty. With the restrictions off the table it’ll make for a safer second half.

 

Hamilton playing with the history books

Hamilton has already done great things this season; set the record for most wins in Hungary, became the first driver to ever win four races in a single month. Now Lewis will certainly be eyeing the next big accomplishments. He is 14 poles away from breaking the record held by Michael Schumacher. He cannot take the record this year but he can easily make it attainable for next season. The one mark he can make right out of the break is that he is only two wins away from joining Alain Prost for the second most wins ever, at 51. Hamilton is already among the greatest drivers to ever race, now he’s just looking to pull himself one step closer to the very top of that list.

German Grand Prix 2016: What the race means for the wider season

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