Nic Rosbergdrove to a commanding victory in Sunday’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, round 10 of the 2014 F1 World Championship.
Qualifying on pole position, Rosberg continued his nation’s celebrations following their victory in the World Cup to calmly drive to victory ahead of the Williams of Valterri Bottas and Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton.
While Rosberg celebrated his win, Hamilton was left to reflect on a difficult weekend that had forced him to start from 20th on the grid following an accident in qualifying when a brake disc shattered and he was sent crashing into the barriers.
Rosberg led away at the start of the race and escaped the mayhem behind as Felipe Massa was tipped into a roll after his Williams made contact with the McLaren-Mercedes of Kevin Magnussen.
Once racing resumed, Rosberg was able to dictate the pace in his Mercedes, while Hamilton charged his way through the pack to claim third as he passed 17 cars during the 67 laps.
Rosberg said afterwards: “This has been a great week. Germany won the World Cup, I got married and I have won the German Grand Prix Prix for Mercedes-Benz. Of course the highlight for me was getting married!
“My car felt really good all race and I was pleased I made a good start. The first corner here at Hockenheim is tight, as we saw, and my wish was to get clear and away from any potential trouble. I just then concentrated on driving as fast as I could to make a barrier between myself and those behind.”
Hamilton added: “Nico gained an advantage again this weekend due to my problems in qualifying, but that is how motor racing goes. Sometimes you have ups and downs, but I don’t like to win easily and a result like this keeps me on my toes and I will be gunning for victory in Hungary this coming weekend.”
Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said: “This was a great result for Nico. To win your home Grand Prix, just as Lewis did at Silverstone, is something very special for a driver.
“We are having a great season and have won nine events from 10 starts. We know that other teams are close behind and looking for victory, and that makes us try even harder and push for more wins. The championship is very close and that is good for F1.”
Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg maintained his impressive record of scoring points in every round of the 2014 season so far by finishing seventh.
He said: “This was another good result for the team. The car felt good throughout the race and we are still in a position to challenge for podium finishes in future races. I don’t think they should be ruled out.
“It is always great to race in a home race. Maybe there were not quite so many fans this year, but the atmosphere was great especially as the country is still celebrating its win in the World Cup Final against Argentina.”
Sergio Perez was also able to finish in a point-scoring position for the Silverstone-based team, scooping 10th with a solid drive.
He said: “For the team it was good to see both Nico and myself finish in the top 10. It is important that we can keep our push on the Constructors’ Championship for the team. At this stage of the season, every point counts.”
The Vijay Mallya-owned team will arrive in Hungary for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest placed fifth in the Constructors’ points table, just two points ahead of their closest rivals, McLaren-Mercedes.
Points after round ten: 1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 190; 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 176; 3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 106; 4. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 97; 5. Valterri Bottas (Williams) 91; 6. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 82.
Next race: Hungary, July 28.