The big talking point from the Hockenheimring, was the race changing Penalty issued to local favourite Nico Rosberg.
Nico was slow off the grid from pole position, losing out to teammate Lewis Hamilton and both red bulls going into turn one. Settling into fourth position, Nico soon set about recovering some positions.
If the start wasn’t bad enough, a bad day at the office was later compounded when Nico received a 5 second time penalty for running the Red Bull of Max Verstappen off the circuit.
In his post race interview Nico reflected on being 19 points behind team mate Lewis Hamilton going into the summer break.
“Nineteen points is not tough at all, tough is losing the race in the way I did today,” said Rosberg. “That’s very tough, and it’s going to take some time to digest in the coming days.”
The penalty Nico received has split many. Some thinking it was deserved, the rest thinking it was harsh. Nico had this to say.
“I was very surprised that I got penalised, I didn’t expect that at all,” added Rosberg.
“It’s just one more of those things when your day goes completely wrong.
“All those things come together, but I don’t think it made a difference in the end. I couldn’t have challenged the Red Bulls I think anyways after that penalty.”
When asked about the pace of the Red Bulls, Rosberg replied: “Without the penalty I was in front of them, so the penalty cost me dearly, definitely.
“They were running on a good pace, yes. We are keeping an eye on them.”
Back to the penalty though… was it justified? Was it consistent with the events of Hungary?
When looking at all the other overtakes into the Hockenheimring hairpin, called turn 6, it could be argued that the stewards got this one right. Yes Nico achieved full lock, but this happened very late in the corner. He came from a long way back and there was no lock up on the way in, unlike Sainz Jnr overtaking Massa earlier in the race. Clearly not aiming for the apex of the corner maybe? The stewards thought so.
Viewers observed how the number 33 car of Max once again moved under braking entering the hairpin. Studying the footage and the telemetry though suggests the Red Bull was ready to take a normal line.
Hamilton is now 19 points ahead of Rosberg and a monosyllabic Lewis Hamilton – who appeared devastated to not have secured pole on Saturday – was transformed into a bouncing, skipping happy chap as he entered the press bull pen following his race win.
With an engine penalty ready to be deployed in Belgium after the summer break, a 19 points buffer is just what was the defending champion required.
The question on everyone’s lips now is will there be any more “rule tweaks” for Spa? Charlie now has plenty of time on his hands for the next three weeks.