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Lewis Hamilton wins German Grand Prix to maintain F1 championship lead

• Hamilton claims fourth straight Grand Prix victory
• Mercedes driver beats team-mate Nico Rosberg in his homeland

Lewis Hamilton’s sixth win in seven races in Sunday’s German Grand Prix sees him going into the summer break with a 19-point lead over his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Related: F1: German Grand Prix – live! Alan Smith

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F1 split after Bernie Ecclestone vetoes Halo safety device

• Strategy Group rejects introduction of head protection device in 2017
• But Sebastian Vettel says vast majority of drivers are in favour

Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s chief executive, and the senior drivers’ representative, Sebastian Vettel, found themselves in conflict on Thursday as the sport rejected the introduction of the Halo head protection device next season.

Vettel, at Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, supported the idea, claiming “nothing justifies death” and 95% of drivers were in favour of it. But in Geneva the sport’s Strategy Group, consisting of Ecclestone, the FIA president, Jean Todt, and six team chiefs, met to turn it down.

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