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It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This For Nico

EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

What?

The 2014 FORMULA 1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX
Round 10 of 19

Where?

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim

Who was on Pole?

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) • 1:16.540 = 215.134 km/h

Who won?

Rosberg – his 4th win of the season, the 7th of his F1 career.

The ninth win for Mercedes-Benz this season.

Who took all the points?

1st (25) Rosberg (Mercedes)
2nd (18) Bottas (Williams Mercedes)
3rd (15) Hamilton (Mercedes)
4th (12) Vettel (Red Bull Renault)
5th (10) Alonso (Ferrari)
6th (8) Ricciardo (Red Bull Renault)
7th (6) Hulkenberg (Force India Mercedes)
8th (4) Button (McLaren Mercedes)
9th (2) Magnussen (McLaren Mercedes)
10th (1) Perez (Force India Mercedes)

Who got Fastest Lap?

Hamilton (Mercedes) • 1:19.908 = 206.066 km/h on lap 53 of 67

Race Highlights

As Rosberg raced into the lead there was more disappointment for Felipe Massa right away. The Brazilian qualified third but his Williams was clipped by the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen and flipped over on the first corner. Unhurt but angry, Massa said: “Going into the first corner I was near to Valtteri (Bottas) but had to back off to stop an accident, sadly some others didn’t do the same.” The race stewards saw it differently and issued no penalty.

From the restart Rosberg sailed serenely off, two-stopping on laps 15 and 41 en route to the first victory by a German driver in a German car in the German Grand Prix. Married a few days earlier, his contract renewed before the race, the 29-year-old quickly expressed his delight: “Wow, what a great day after so many great events for me this week!”

Bottas confirmed his growing reputation with his third consecutive podium – which was also the 300th for the Williams team and carried them ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship. The no-nonsense 24-year-old said simply, “Team work was the key to the good result,” but his calmness under extreme pressure from Lewis Hamilton late in the race was a major factor.

Hamilton has had better weekends: a ‘catastrophic’ brake failure saw him crash out in Q1 and his 15th place on the grid soon became 20th with a gearbox penalty. In the circumstances third was a stunning performance from the 29-year-old Englishman, who switched to a three-stopper on laps 26, 42 and – surprisingly – 50 as he fought understeer and tried to chase down Bottas. “I can’t be too ecstatic about the race,” he said, “because it has been a tough weekend for me and I’ve ultimately lost more points to Nico. But I’m grateful that I could limit the damage with a podium finish. This championship is proving a big challenge for me but that’s how I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Hamilton also played a part in one of the other incidents when he had a brush with Jenson Button’s McLaren at Turn 6 on lap 30, resulting in damage to his Silver Arrow’s front wing. Hamilton called it ‘a misunderstanding’ while Button simply said they were racing and he should not be expected to move over. It was the 34-year-old English veteran’s 257th Grand Prix, carrying him past Riccardo Patrese into third place overall behind Michael Schumacher (306) and Rubens Barrichello (323).

For only the second time this year Sebastian Vettel beat his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the track, the German finishing fourth after what he called more “fun with Fernando” in the aftermath of his tussle with Alonso at Silverstone. Ricciardo again out-qualified the World Champion as both men started from the third row, but was handicapped by having to take avoiding action in the Massa-Bottas incident, dropping to 15th before embarking on a splendid comeback drive to sixth.

Drive of the Day

Let’s split it between the two men who made brilliant recoveries, Hamilton and Ricciardo, and just allow the Mercedes man to shade it after the multiple setbacks he suffered through the race weekend. “When you are sitting on the grid basically in last place, with no other cars in your mirrors, it’s very hard to imagine that you could be standing up there two hours later,” said Lewis of his hard-won podium.

Who’s leading?

1 Rosberg 190 points
2 Hamilton 176 points
3 Ricciardo 106 points
4 Alonso 97 points
5 Bottas 91 points
6 Vettel 82 points

1. Mercedes-Benz 366 points
2. Red Bull Renault 188 points
3. Williams Mercedes 121 points

Quote of the weekend

He’s fast turning into the go-to man for anything interesting on F1 2014-style and Dan Ricciardo did it again in Germany. The language was a million miles away from what F1 drivers of the past might have said, but he’s a man of his time:

“That was awesome fun, one of my most enjoyable races,” he said. Shrugging off his fall to 15th after being in the wrong place at the wrong time on lap 1, he added: “From then on I just got on to the radio and said let’s make an amazing recovery and make ourselves proud today. And I think we did that, we fought hard and we didn’t leave anything on the table.

Where do we go next?

To Hungary later this week for Round 11 at the Hungaroring, Budapest, on July 27 before the mid-season break.

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