RESULTS: German Grand Prix - Race results

Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead in the Formula 1 World Championship standings with a flawless drive to victory in the German Grand Prix as title rival Nico Rosberg paid the price for a third race penalty in four events on his way to fourth.

Beaten to pole position for the second race in succession by Rosberg, a superior start would nonetheless see Hamilton snatch the lead into turn one, a spot he would retain all the way to the chequered flag as he comfortably controlled the pace.

If Hamilton's afternoon proved uncomplicated as he eased home a 6.9s winner, Rosberg endured a rather more fraught day, sparked by a terrible poor getaway that consigned him to fourth position on the short run to turn one and then throughout the first stint behind both Red Bulls.

Worse would follow for the German though when, in an attempt to claw back ground during the second stint, he'd be punished for 'forcing Verstappen off the track' at the hairpin in a premise not dissimilar to his controversial incident with Hamilton in Austria.

With stewards taking a dim view - despite his protestations that Verstappen moved under braking -, a five-second time penalty was handed down, which was subsequently honoured during his second stop.

However, an apparent timing error by the team would see Rosberg stationary for longer than necessary, leaving him comfortably adrift of in fourth position, where he would stay to the chequered flag.

Despite being beaten to the second corner by Verstappen, who made a superb start from fourth place, a rapid second stint by Ricciardo - as Red Bull split the strategies - would see the pair swap positions and prioritise the Australian in its efforts to capitalise on Rosberg's penalty.

RESULTS: German Grand Prix - Race results

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As a result, Ricciardo was able to carry the RB12 home to second place, with Verstappen completing the podium as Red Bull got both of its drivers onto the rostrum for the first time in 2016.

Having come into the weekend with a six point margin over Rosberg, Hamilton now heads into the summer break with a sizeable 19 point advantage, while Daniel Ricciardo has strengthened his third place in the standings as Red Bull leapfrogged Ferrari in the constructors' standings.

Indeed, it was another underwhelming afternoon for Ferrari as Sebastian Vettel - up to fifth at the start - and Kimi Raikkonen steadily fell away from the lead fight, the pair circulating on their own to the end.

Attempting to go long with a two-stop strategy, Valtteri Bottas tumbled down from seventh in the closing stages as his tyres wilted, ceding positions to Nico Hulkenberg (7th) and the impressive Jenson Button (8th) to cross the line ninth. Sergio Perez picked up the final point in tenth place for a double Force India top ten, passing Fernando Alonso with three laps to go.

Just missing out on his first points of the season, Esteban Gutierrez was 11th in the best of the Haas cars after also passing a fading Alonso late on. Romain Grosjean crossed the line 13th after starting 20th, while Toro Rosso's run of points' finishes ended as Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat could only manage 14th and 15th.

In a race of low attrition, only Felipe Massa - who ran slowly for 31 laps after contact at the start - and Felipe Nasr failed to see the chequered flag.

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Liam48: F1 is a joke! That 5 second penalty for Rosberg was nonsense. He made a lunge and Verstappen moved (again) in the braking zone. He pushed him out wide but that has happened many times in the past and during the GP3 & GP2 races it was happening with no one getting a penalty! It was racing and Verstappen would have done the same.

He could not of hit the apex with a slingshot. He didn't start turning until he was almost off the track. His move on Hamilton in Hungary was cleaner and he still got pinched