Lewis Hamilton, With Communication Again Unrestricted, Needs Little Help

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Lewis Hamilton after winning the German Grand Prix on Sunday.

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HOCKENHEIM, Germany — In Sunday’s German Grand Prix, Formula One’s first race since the series returned to unfettered radio communication between teams and drivers, the winner was the driver who required the least help from his team. And two of his main competitors might have been better off without the advice proffered over the airwaves.

Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes team, who revealed the day before the race that he had told his team not to bother him with unnecessary radio messages and to leave the driving to him, jumped from second on the grid to take the lead by the first corner, and he never let go.

Hamilton’s victory was his fourth in a row and his sixth in seven races, as well as the 49th of his career, and it gave him a 19-point series lead over his teammate, Nico Rosberg.

Last weekend, Hamilton took the lead in the standings for the first time this season when he won the Hungarian Grand Prix; two months ago, before his winning spree began, he trailed by 43 points.

“What a race,” Hamilton said Sunday. “Obviously a great start. My engineers did a fantastic job; my balance was amazing. Today I didn’t make any mistakes, so I’m happy with myself.”

For the second race in a row, Rosberg started in pole position but lost his lead by the first corner to Hamilton, who started second each time.

“We have worked and worked with consistency,” said Hamilton, who had had several poor starts this year, often costing him victory. “And I think the last two races, the procedure has been spot on.”

The two Red Bull cars came in behind Hamilton, with Daniel Ricciardo taking second and Max Verstappen third, ahead of the fourth-place Rosberg.

With Hamilton dominating, the race’s main…

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