A poor start from Lewis Hamilton allowed Nico Rosberg to take advantage and take a lead he would not squander to win the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Hamilton dropped to sixth by the first corner, he gradually fought back into second but was too far off the pace to challenge Rosberg, who cuts the Championship lead to just two points. The Ferrari’s had a good weekend on Italian turf finishing third and fourth with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen respectively beating the Red Bull challenge of Daniel Ricciardo in fifth. Valtteri Bottas in the Williams was in sixth. The title race is now effectively neck and neck and the win may swing the momentum back to Rosberg.
While Nico Rosberg took advantage of the penalty that left Lewis Hamilton starting at the back of the grid to win the Belgian Grand Prix, it was Hamilton who came out the moral victor, coming from the back to finish third and maintain a nine point gap over Rosberg in the title race. Rosberg won from pole while Hamilton had started at the back with Fernando Alonso, who had to use too many engines due to engine failure in qualifying. Hamilton worked himself up to 13th early on a moved through the field to end up third. Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull was second after holding off Hamilton’s late challenge.
The race was sullied somewhat by a crash that left Kevin Magnussen of Renault in hospital Thankfully his ankle is not as badly injured as first thought and he will be clear to race next week In Italy. It was also a good weekend for Force India, whose drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were 4th and 5th respectively beating the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettle into 6th. Hamilton will feel he has dodged a dangerous situation to still have the Championship lead going into next week.
Lewis Hamilton overtook team mate Niko Rosberg and went on to dominate the German Grand Prix to increase his lead in the World Title race to 19 Points. Rosberg lost ground after being forced to serve a 5 second stop penalty after forcing Daniel Ricciardo off the track. The penalty proved costly as he ended up behind both Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull’s and in the end could only finish fourth. The win was Hamilton’s second in Germany in what could prove a pivotal moment as he pulls away in the title race.
Chris Froome has become the first British cyclist to win the Tour De France twice in a row and on three occasions as he crossed the line to complete victory on the Champs Elysee in Paris over four minutes ahead of Romain Bardet in second. Andre Greipel saw off in form Peter Sagan to win the final stage in the traditional sprint finish. Sagan had already secured the sprinters green jersey. Rafel Majka was the winner of the King Of The Mountains.
At the half way point of the season Lewis Hamilton has overtaken Nico Rosberg in the World Title race by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring. Hamilton got a great start to overtake Rosberg at the first corner and then led the race from start to finish. He moved away from Rosberg at key moments when vital decisions about who would pit stop first were being taken. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo made an early pit stop to try and threaten the two Mercedes but it did not work and he had to settle for third. Hamilton now leads the title race by six points.