Lewis Hamilton has increased his lead of the world championship to 19 points with victory in the German GP.
Having trailed Nico Rosberg by 43 points just two months ago, the reigning world champion has won six of the last seven races to head into the summer break with a firm grip of the championship again as he chases a third successive title.
A faultless Hamilton led every lap after overtaking Mercedes team-mate and title rival Rosberg into the first corner.
But as Hamilton enjoyed an afternoon cruise at Hockenheim to finish ahead of Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, Rosberg’s afternoon – like his recent run of form – continued to go from bad to worse in controversial fashion.
Starting off from pole position, the German suffered a disastrous start off the line and slipped to just fourth.
Having bided his time behind the two Red Bulls through his opening stint, Rosberg then fell foul of the stewards when he launched an aggressive move to overtake Verstappen into the chicane which resulted in the dutch teenager sliding of track.
The stewards adjudged Rosberg to have been at fault and meted out a controversial five-second penalty.
“It was a really tough one today,” Rosberg told Sky Sports F1. “It just completely went wrong at the start with a lot of wheel spin.
“I thought it was a good battle [with Verstappen]. I was very surprised I got penalised, I didn’t expect that at all.”
After also being hit with penalties at the British and Austrian GPs, it’s the third time this month Rosberg has been penalised by the race stewards although on this occasion the German had valid reason to believe he had been harshly treated.