Hamilton claims perfect Nurburgring victory

Posted on July 24, 2011

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Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in the German Grand Prix, seizing the lead off of the start line and dominating proceedings for the rest of the afternoon.

Lewis Hamilton dominated under leaden - but dry - skies at the Nurburgring. Credit: McLaren.com

The Briton answered his critics of recent weeks with a display of controlled aggression in a performance marked by flashes of brilliance. There was no panic from Hamilton when he lost track position in the second  stint.

And the 2008 world champion pulled off a stunning move on lap 32 to reclaim his lead. Fernando Alonso emerged from the pits slightly ahead but Hamilton drove all the way around the outside of turn two – something Mark Webber had tried and failed on Hamilton the lap before.

He turned up the wick and built a lead of about 3s, a lead he was never to relinquish.

The much promised rain never arrived but McLaren got their dry weather strategy spot on. Hamilton was the first of the leading trio to switch to the harder tyre for the final stint and the gamble paid off.

The victory completed a perfect weekend for Hamilton after a superb performance in qualifying yesterday.

What was almost as striking was Red Bull being out of sorts this weekend, with Webber and Sebastian Vettel finishing third and fourth. Webber led during the second stint but simply did not have the pace in the latter stages. Vettel had a scruffy race, making several mistakes and spinning in the early stages.

Will any of it mean someone can mount an assault on Vettel’s lead? Probably not. Fernando Alonso’s second place today confirms Ferrari also have the pace but neither the Italian giants nor McLaren can hope to overhaul the Red Bull advantage if they’re taking points off each other.

But even if both championships are effectively over, there are some great races to come. Red Bull no longer has the outright speed advantage, especially on Sundays. There should be some great dogfights in the second half of the season.

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