Hamilton too fast for foes

HOCKENHEIM - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling German Grand Prix yesterday to forge four points clear of Ferrari's Felipe Massa at the top of the Formula One championship.

HOCKENHEIM - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling German Grand Prix yesterday to forge four points clear of Ferrari's Felipe Massa at the top of the Formula One championship.

Brazilian rookie Nelson Piquet, who had started in 17th place on a one-stop strategy, finished an astonishing second for Renault after leading for six laps in the race of his life.

Compatriot Massa was third.

Hamilton led from pole position at engine partners Mercedes' home track but the 23-year-old had to make an inspired fightback from fifth place with 16 laps remaining after a safety car interlude shook up his strategy.

"I didn't plan on doing that. I'd have much preferred an easy, comfortable afternoon out front," he said. - Reuters

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