Ferrari continued to lag behind Red Bull and Mercedes during Sunday’s German GP at Hockenheim, with Sebastian Vettel coming home fifth and teammate Kimi Raikkonen following him across the finish line in second.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the race, extending his championship points lead over Nico Rosberg. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was second, while Max Verstappen rounded out the podium in third.
Raikkonen qualified fifth for Sunday’s race and Vettel sixth. The pair got away clean, but was never truly able to fight for position, easily holding off the mid-field cars but lacking the pace to catch up to the dueling Mercedes and Red Bulls.
Rosberg started from pole but got a poor start, spinning his wheels as he shifted into third gear. This allowed Hamilton to pass for first and also let the Red Bulls of Ricciardo and Verstappen by. As those three fought for the podium, Rosberg desperately tried to recover.
On lap 30, Rosberg braked late into the hairpin and made a daring pass on Verstappen, making it stick but forcing Verstappen wide. Race stewards reviwed the move and deemed it illegal, handing Rosberg a five second penalty, which allowed Verstappen to easily re-take third.
Hamilton now has leads the championship with 217 points to Rosberg’s 198. Ricciardo is third with 133 points, while Raikkonen trails closely with 122 points. Sebastian Vettel is fifth in the championship with 120 points.
Formula 1 now takes its annual month-long summer break before heading to Spa Francorchamps for the Belgian GP on August 28th. Click here for full results from the 2016 German GP.