Rosberg cruises to maiden home victory

Fiasco Sports, Formula 1

German driver Nico Rosberg has claimed his first ever German Grand Prix victory, cruising to the chequered in a battle-filled race.

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Mercedes pilot Nico Rosberg has extended his world championship lead, winning his first ever home Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Rosberg never looked back from his pole position, leading all 67-laps of the German Grand Prix.

Valterri Bottas held a strong race in second, defending his race position to British driver Lewis Hamilton who drove from 20th to a credible third place.

Redbull Racing struggled with horsepower with the Renault-powered cars battling throughout the race with Ferrari. Last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth, Fernando Alonso fifth and young Australian Daniel Ricciardo in sixth.

The race was full with incidents starting on Turn 1 where McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen clipped the rear of Felipe Massa, sending the Williams’ driver up-side-down, resulting in the first retirement of the race and a two-lap safety car.

Ricciardo’s race position was harmed because of the incident, forcing the Redbull driver back down to 15th position, Magnussen was also able to continue in the race finishing in ninth.

Ricciardo and Hamilton drove through the back-end of the field, marching their way towards the top-end of the race.

Lap 28 saw the second retirement of the race, with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean having his fourth retirement for the season at no fault of his own – his car stopping due to an electrical fault.

A few laps later, Hamilton made contact with former teammate Jenson Button, ending with a damaged front wing for the Mercedes driver which potentially cost Hamilton second place towards the final laps.

Daniil Kvyat was the third non-finisher for the Grand Prix, retiring after his car caught on fire.

Only four laps later, Adrian Sutil spun his #99 car on the exit of the final corner, resulting with his car stopping on the start/finish straight.

Teams predicted a safety car to remove the Sauber from the straight, but instead marshalls waved double-yellow flags and pushed the car towards the wall while the race continued.

Hamilton changed his pit strategy half-way through the race, making three-stops throughout the Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver pushed forward, making time on Bottas but unfortunately could not pass due to the straight-line speed of the Williams.

Rosberg has extended his championship lead from his German Grand Prix win by 14 points to his teammate Hamilton.

The next round of the Formula 1 championship will be held next weekend at Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

2014 German Grand Prix race results
Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 67 Winner 1
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 67 +20.7 secs 2
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 67 +22.5 secs 20
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 67 +44.0 secs 6
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 67 +52.4 secs 7
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 67 +52.5 secs 5
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 67 +64.1 secs 9
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 67 +84.7 secs 11
9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 4
10 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 10
11 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +1 Lap 12
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault +1 Lap 18
13 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault +1 Lap 13
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 Lap 16
15 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +1 Lap 17
16 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault +2 Lap 19
17 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 Lap 21
18 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault +2 Lap 22
Ret Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +20 Laps 15
Ret Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault +23 Laps 8
Ret Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +41 Laps 14
Ret Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes + secs 3

Written by Loren Hazelwood @LorenHazelwood
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