WRC 2016: Ogier victorious at Rally Germany
Hyundai drivers Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville make up the rest of the podium
Starting first car on the road, Sebastien Ogier cruised through to win the all-asphalt Rallye Deutschland but his Volkswagen team did not repeat their 1-2-3 walkover of last year. Teammate Jari-Matti Latvala’s VW was out of contention on stage one when the car’s gearbox failed, though Andreas Mikkelsen led for seven stages before falling back with errors before losing his brakes in the final stage, finishing fourth. Hyundai drivers Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville meanwhile were furiously battling Mikkelsen for second place up to the final...
The Dutchman, who is two points adrift of seven-time champion Hamilton ahead of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, told reporters he enjoyed his job, always does his best for Red Bull and would still feel good even if he finished second.
With six of the 21 rounds to race, Max Verstappen of Red Bull has retaken the lead in the drivers' championship by six points over reigning champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
This season’s narrow championship leader led the first session ahead of title rival Max Verstappen and the second from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who drove impressively in both.