Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg at the 2014 Formula One German Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
Rosberg qualified on pole for the race, and managed a lights-to-flag victory in commanding fashion. He crossed the line more than 20 seconds ahead of second-placed Valtteri Bottas of Williams. The most impressive driver to watch yesterday was fellow Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton. After crashing out during qualifying and forced to start near the back of the grid, the Briton fought his way up through the field to eventually finish in third spot, 22 seconds behind the winner.
There was plenty of action from the start of the race, with the safety car forced to come out after a tussle between Williams’ other driver Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen at the first corner. Massa’s car eventually tipped over, ending the Brazilian’s race. Fortunately he was uninjured. Magnussen was able to continue after repairs but was pushed to the back of the grid. The rookie managed to recover somewhat, eventually finishing the race in ninth position.
Behind the podium finishers, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel enjoyed a superb battle with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. It was a fight that was joined in the closing stages by Red Bull Racing’s other driver Daniel Ricciardo, with all three drivers swapping places at times. Eventually, reigning world champion Vettel finished fourth, Alonso fifth and Ricciardo sixth.
Crossing the line in seventh was Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg followed by McLaren’s other driver Jenson Button in eighth. Then it was Magnussen in ninth followed by Force India’s other driver Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten.
In the 2014 Drivers’ Championship, Rosberg remains on top with 190 points, ahead of Lewis Hamilton on 176 points and Daniel Ricciardo on 106 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes AMG has a commanding 366 points, more than its total 360 points secured last season. In second place is Red Bull Racing on 188 points followed by Williams in third with 121 points. Teams now head east for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.
Below are top ten results of the 2014 Formula One German Grand Prix:
1) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG
2) Valtteri Bottas, Williams
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG
4) Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
5) Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
6) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
7) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India
8) Jenson Button, McLaren
9) Kevin Magnussen, Mclaren
10) Sergio Perez, Force India