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Hamilton proud to pick up first German GP win for Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton spoke of his pride after picking up his first German Grand Prix victory as a Mercedes works driver during Sunday’s race at Hockenheim.

Hamilton has enjoyed ties with Mercedes since he was 13 years old, spending the entirety of his F1 career racing in cars powered by the German marque.

Hamilton won the German Grand Prix twice with McLaren, but today’s victory marked his first for Mercedes’ works F1 operation at its home race.

“What a race,” Hamilton said.

“Yesterday [I qualified in] second place, but got a great start, my engineers did a fantastic job, the balance was amazing. It was just about keeping it cool and looking after the engine.

“I’m just so happy that I can be up here for Mercedes-Benz who I’ve been with since I was 13, so this is a very proud position for me to be in.

“A big thank you to the team who did an amazing job.”

Hamilton appeared disgruntled after qualifying second on Saturday, but said he turned the negative into a positive with a faultless display.

“Today I didn’t make any mistakes, so in my heart I’m happy with what I did today,” Hamilton said.

“I came to do a job. Yesterday wasn’t perfect but you learn from those things.

“Today was really a show of looking at the glass half-full, and filling it up.”

Hamilton now heads into the summer break with a 19-point lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship, having enjoyed a 62-point swing since the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

“I think the whole team, everyone back at the factory and everyone here, they’ve worked so hard this first half of season, and they all need a break,” Hamilton said.

“We all need a break, so it’s really well earned – a big thank-you.”

Formula 1 returns with the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.