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Team by team analysis of the German Grand Prix

HOCKENHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s German Formula One Grand Prix (listed in championship order):

Formula One F1 - German Grand Prix - Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany - July 22, 2018 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 2)

Hamilton fourth win of the season, 66th of his career and a record-equalling fourth at the German GP. He started 14th on the grid and hailed it as one of the best drives of his career. He is now 17 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel while Mercedes return to the top of the constructors’ standings by eight points. The win was also the 80th for Mercedes. Bottas has five second places this season.

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FERRARI (Kimi Raikkonen 3, Sebastian Vettel retired)

Vettel led his home race from pole but slid off into the barriers after the rain came down, costing him the lead and a first win at Hockenheim. Raikkonen now has 98 career podiums.

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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 4, Daniel Ricciardo retired)

Formula One F1 - German Grand Prix - Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany - July 22, 2018 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton arrives for the pit stop. Valdrin Xhemaj/Pool via REUTERS

Ricciardo started at the back due to engine penalties, moved back up to sixth but then retired with an engine failure after 29 laps. Verstappen gambled on intermediates when the rain came but it did not pay off.

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RENAULT (Nico Hulkenberg 5, Carlos Sainz 12)

Hulkenberg kept Renault’s gap to Force India unchanged with his best result for the team. Sainz collected a 10 second time penalty for overtaking during the safety car period that dropped him out of the points at the finish.

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FORCE INDIA (Sergio Perez 7, Esteban Ocon 8)

Perez spun while lapping Charles Leclerc and lost a position to Romain Grosjean on the final lap but still led the team to a two-car points finish.

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HAAS (Romain Grosjean 6, Kevin Magnussen 11)

Grosjean went from 10th to sixth in the final 10 laps. Magnussen was sixth for much of the race.

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MCLAREN (Stoffel Vandooorne 13, Fernando Alonso 16)

Vandoorne made up for a miserable qualifying by finishing ahead of Alonso, despite being close to retirement at the midpoint. Alonso made an extra pitstop back to dry tyres which cost him precious time.

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TORO ROSSO (Brendon Hartley 10, Pierre Gasly 14)

Gasly started last due to engine penalties. Hartley took a point for only the second time in his F1 career.

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SAUBER (Marcus Ericsson 9, Charles Leclerc 15)

Ericsson finished in the points for the third time this season but Leclerc, who had looked like doing so, missed out this time.

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WILLIAMS (Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin retired)

Another blank for the former champions. Sirotkin retired with an engine leak and Stroll on lap 55 with a brake issue that meant he lost control of the rear brakes.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge

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