Formula One returned to Germany for the first time since 2014 at the weekend. Once again Mercedes won, this time with Lewis Hamilton, with the sparring Red Bulls preventing another home podium for Nico Rosberg.
Only one driver can take away our coveted TOP DOG award though, step forward…
The Honey Badger was back on blistering form in qualifying as he blitzed teammate Max Verstappen by just over a tenth of a second. Since Verstappen’s promotion to the main team in Spain, the young Dutchman has only out qualified Ricciardo once.
A fairly average start left Ricciardo at the mercy of his teammate into the first corner, this was negated somewhat by both Red Bulls jumping the Mercedes of Rosberg.
As the race progressed Red Bull decided to split their drivers onto two different strategies. To make his work Ricciardo would have to pass Verstappen on track, something he did with ease mid-way through the race.
It was a great final stint from the Australian; he was setting times on a par with Hamilton’s dominant Mercedes on occasion, and saw him rather easily hold off Verstappen for a great second place. He hadn’t put a foot wrong all race, for his start wasn’t poor – it was just Verstappen got off to an absolute flyer.
The result makes it back-to-back podiums for Ricciardo, his first since he won back-to-back races (Hungary and Belgium) back in 2014.
The twenty-seven-year-old was also once again in excellent form after the race. We predict his ‘shoey’ (an Australian thing apparently), where he poured his Chandon into his race boot before downing it, on the podium will end up one of the season highlights.
A well deserved TOP DOG winner for the third time this season. We wouldn’t bet against him making it four when F1 returns in four weeks time!