Hamilton Stars In German Grand Prix But Spoils Are Won By Rosberg
Formula One
Nico Rosberg won the German Grand Prix as team mate Lewis Hamilton and rival for this years drivers championship battled his way from 20th on the grid to finish 3rd. German-GP-2014-Rosberg-Podium It was an easy weekend for Rosberg, who in front of his home crowd, barley put a foot wrong all weekend. This was in stark contrast to Hamilton who crashed in qualifying as a result of brake failure. This left him stranded 15th on the grid, but he was given an automatic grid penalty on race day and demoted 5 places after his Mercedes team opted to change a damaged gearbox. As the race got underway Rosberg drove off into the distance never to be troubled again. Behind him 3rd place Felipe Massa’s race was over before it had even begun. A first corner collision with the 4th placed McLaren of Kevin Magnussen catapulted Massa’s Williams into a barrel roll from apex to exit. Massa walked away unhurt, Magnussen finished the race in 9th behind his team mate Jenson Button. German-GP-2014-Massa-Crash Meanwhile Hamilton made up a couple of places at the start, and provided much of the entertainment as he ambitiously battled and quite literally barged his way through the field. Raikkonen and Button were among his unintended targets today. The Mercedes driver looked eager to catch Rosberg and started the race on the harder wearing Soft tyres opting to use the less durable Supersofts towards the end of the race. German-GP-2014-Hamilton-Button-Duel What ever strategy Hamilton used proved too much for those in his path and he ended up finishing the race in 3rd place but he didn’t have enough left in the Supersofts to steal 2nd from the Williams of Valtterri Bottas who was just 2.2 seconds in front as the race concluded. Nico Rosberg looked untouchable today but seemingly had it easy, Hamilton walked away by losing fewer points than could have been possible thanks to the speed of his Mercedes which allowed him to pursue and hunt down his prey but ultimately miss out on the prize of winning the race. Rosberg takes the spoils and a 14 point lead going into the next race in Hungary. How the German Grand Prix finished:
Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 67 1:33:42.914 1 25
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 67 +20.7 secs 2 18
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 67 +22.5 secs 20 15
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 67 +44.0 secs 6 12
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 67 +52.4 secs 7 10
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 67 +52.5 secs 5 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 67 +64.1 secs 9 6
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 67 +84.7 secs 11 4
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 4 2
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 10 1
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 12  
12 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 66 +1 Lap 18  
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 66 +1 Lap 13  
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 16  
15 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 17  
16 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 65 +2 Laps 19  
17 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 65 +2 Laps 21  
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 65 +2 Laps 22  
Ret 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 47 Spin 15  
Ret 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 44 Ignition 8  
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26 Cooling 14  
Ret 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 0 Accident 3  

Gutierrez qualified P14, dropped 3 for collision at last round; Hamilton qualified P16, dropped 5 for gearbox change; Ericsson failed to meet 107% qualifying requirement, raced at stewards’ discretion, started from pit lane due to parc ferme irregularity

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