When Formula 1 landed in Germany, Lewis Hamilton came from a categorical victory at home, which had given him the chance to become leader of the championship, despite the draw in number of points with two rivals of that season: Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen . So the Englishman needed a new triumph to try to fire ahead. It just wasn’t that easy.
On Saturday, Lewis set the fastest time and took pole with a 193 lead over the Ferrari Brazilian. On Sunday, the Briton dominated the opening laps of the GP, opening up to 20 seconds for Massa. However, when making the pit-stop in the 18th round, he lost time in the pits. Upon returning to the track, he made a mistake, was overtaken by Jarno Trulli and almost collided with the Italian in the hairpin.
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The Englishman would even return to the lead, but the easy victory did not come: McLaren erred in refueling strategy during the ensuing safety-car periods, keeping its main driver on the track while opponents filled the tank.
So, already in the final stretch of the race in Germany, Lewis was forced to stop in the pits again and, back on the track, had to row everything again. In skill and with new tires, he reached and overtook Massa and Nelsinho Piquet, from Renault. Seven laps later, he received the checkered flag first.
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