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Hamilton stars in Germany to charge from 20th to the podium

Jul 20, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton has limited the damage of Nico Rosberg’s victory in today’s German Grand Prix by finishing third at Hockenheim, a result made all the more impressive by the fact that he started way down in 20th position.

The Briton suffered a high-speed crash during qualifying yesterday that meant he could not take part in either Q2 or Q3. Because of the damage inflicted by the shunt, he also had to change his gearbox, thus warranting a five place grid penalty.

However, from the very beginning of the race, Hamilton was a man on a mission. Although his overtaking moves were very aggressive, they were effective as he passed the likes of Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button with relative ease. He did have a slight run-in with Button that saw him lose his front wing endplate, but the performance of the car did not seem to be harmed too much by this.

In the end, Hamilton had to settle for third place after Valtteri Bottas managed to keep the Mercedes driver at bay with some great defensive driving, and he seemed slightly despondent on the podium despite his immense drive from the back of the grid.

With the deficit to Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ championship back on the rise to 14 points, Lewis will be hoping to at least halve it at the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    The only reason Lewis was not second was the front left wing end plate damage.

    The car was eating that front left tire because of a lack of downforce to keep it from sliding across the track surface.

    So at the critical end of the race,Lewis was faced with Bottas-a guy who would have surely challenged as hard as he could to not let Lewis by and Lewis was watching a potentially shredding left front tire if he tried to force any pass so Lewis smartly stayed in third place.

    Had Lewis’s front wing been replaced,he MAY have been able to charge past for second but he would have had to make up fifteen MORE seconds to get where he finished the race behind Botta’s.

    So with all things considered,Lewis drove the hell out of his race car,made smart decisions all race long and got the best he could today.

    And when you consider he started at the back of the field AND got his front wing damaged early,all you can say is.,

    Job Well done Lewis and Mercedes too.

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