Hamilton wins after last lap Rosberg clash

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory for Mercedes during a dramatic last lap as he and team-mate Nico Rosberg collided while scrapping for the lead.

Hamilton trailed Rosberg after their strategies diverged but closed on his rival across the final stages, and attempted a move into Turn 2.

Hamilton held the outside line as Rosberg attempted to edge his team-mate wide, but the pair made contact, with Rosberg sustaining a broken front wing in the process.

Rosberg trailed around to finish in fourth, promoting Max Verstappen into second and Kimi Räikkönen third.

Hamilton led away from pole position in cool and cloudy conditions as Rosberg moved forwards, climbing up from sixth on the grid.

Rosberg had negotiated his way past Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button and Nico Hülkenberg when he made an early stop to switch to Soft tyres.

Once unleashed in clean air he set a sequence of rapid lap times and when Hamilton stopped a few laps later he emerged behind his team-mate, with both behind the yet-to-stop Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel’s time in the lead proved short-lived as he suffered a right rear tyre failure, pitching him into the wall along the pit straight.

The Safety Car was deployed to recover the wreckage and upon the restart Rosberg stormed clear, with the Mercedes drivers trading fastest laps.

Hamilton made his second stop on lap 54, taking on another set of Softs, while Rosberg pitted one lap later, with Mercedes fitting the Super Soft compounds.

Hamilton queried the call but was reassured by his Mercedes engineer that it was the correct decision; the gap between the duo closed as they charged up behind Max Verstappen, who had stopped just once.

Both negotiated their way past the Dutchman but Hamilton lost time, with the gap growing to 1.6 seconds.

Hamilton reacted and slashed the gap once more, beginning the lap just half a second behind Rosberg.

Hamilton latched onto Rosberg on the run to Turn 2 where they collided.

Rosberg continued onwards but dropped to fourth, and is under investigation for causing a collision and failing to stop with a seriously damaged car.

Ricciardo edged Button for fifth while Romain Grosjean returned Haas to the points with a fine drive to seventh, as Force India’s Sergio Pérez crashed out at Turn 3 on the final lap.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was eighth, with Valtteri Bottas ninth, as Pascal Wehrlein collected his maiden Formula 1 point and Manor’s first since its rebranding, by finishing in 10th place.

Esteban Gutiérrez narrowly missed out on points in 11th, ahead of Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr and Kevin Magnussen.

Marcus Ericsson and Rio Haryanto were the final classified finishers; Hülkenberg, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa retired late on while Daniil Kvyat pulled to the side of the circuit on the third lap.

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