McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has won for the first time since the Chinese GP
25 July 2011

McLaren F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has taken a decisive victory at the German grand prix at the Nurburgring, his first win since the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this year.

Hamilton qualified second on the grid, splitting the Red Bulls of pole-sitter Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in third.

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At the start, Hamilton jumped Webber to take the lead, which he swapped briefly with the Australian a few laps later.

A three-way fight continued throughout the rest of the race between Hamilton, Webber and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, all of whom were in contention for the chequered flag.

However, after some decisive tyre changes at the dying stages of the race, it was Hamilton who ended up on the top step of the podium, a fact which will bolster the 26-year-old after a troubled year on the track.

Elsewhere, Hamilton’s team-mate Jenson Button retired for the second race in a row with hydraulic problems, whilst reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel looked uncomfortable in his car, even spinning his Red Bull in turn 10 – much like fellow German driver Michael Schumacher.

Classified top 10 drivers, German Grand Prix; 60 Laps

1. Hamilton - McLaren 1h37:30.3342. Alonso - Ferrari +00:03.9803. Webber - Red Bull +00:09.7884. Vettel – Red Bull +00:47.9215. Massa - Ferarri +00:52.2526. Sutil – Force India +01:26.2087. Rosberg - Mercedes +1 Lap8. Schumacher - Mercedes +1 Lap9. Kobayashi - Sauber +1 Lap10. Petrov – Renault +1 Lap

Greg Stuart

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