German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, July 20th 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 2nd: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 2

  • 3rd: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3

  • 4th: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 5th: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 3

  • 6th: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 7th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 8th: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 3

  • 9th: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 10th: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 11th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 12th: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 13th: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 14th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 15th: Jules Bianchi
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 16th: Kamui Kobayashi
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 17th: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 18th: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 19th: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +20 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 2
    +23 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +41 LAP(s)s

  • 22nd: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 0
    +67 LAP(s)s


Race report

Nico Rosberg completed the week of his life with victory in the German Grand Prix on a day when Lewis Hamilton produced a backs-to-the-wall drive to limit the damage to his team-mate and title rival.


From 20th on the grid at Hockenheim, following a qualifying crash and five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change due to the damage sustained, 29-year-old Hamilton was third in his Mercedes behind Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

Rosberg's triumph was the first for Mercedes on home soil since 1954, with five-times champion Juan Manuel Fangio taking the chequered flag that day.

Married nine days ago, Rosberg then watched Germany win the World Cup final before signing a new long-term contract earlier this week, and has now recorded a lights-to-flag success in front of his own fans.

All the action unfolded behind him, with the spotlight on Hamilton given his lowly grid position in the wake of a smash in the first part of qualifying following a front-right brake disc failure.

Initally 15th for the start, Mercedes announced the gearbox change and subsequent penalty on Sunday morning ahead of the race, leaving him down in 20th and with a mountain to climb to even clamber onto the podium.

But Hamilton produced a rousing performance, limiting the damage as best as possible with third, with the gap to Rosberg now 14 points.

Over the opening laps it was captivating stuff from Hamilton, the kind of situation on which he loves and thrives.

Just 10 seconds into the race he received one helping hand when, for the second consecutive race, Williams' Felipe Massa was involved in an accident that brought his grand prix to a swift conclusion.

Unlike at the British Grand Prix when Massa was taken out following an horrific smash involving Kimi Raikkonen, on this occasion his turn into McLaren's Kevin Magnussen resulted in his own shock moment.

The Brazilian was flipped up and over, landing on the roll hoop on top of his car, which then somehow managed to right itself again.

It immediately brought the safety car into play for two laps, with Hamilton 17th upon its release, following which he can began the process of picking off those ahead of him.

By the end of lap 10 Hamilton was in the points in 10th, albeit with one moment of consternation, while former friend Adrian Sutil in his Sauber ran into the sidepod of the Briton's Mercedes, but without damage.

Then on lap 13 came a breathtaking overtake on Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo into the hairpin, with the Finn squeezed as Hamilton legally edged him out of the way.

With pit stops, by the end of lap 16 Hamilton was up to second and 7.7 seconds adrift of Rosberg, who had already made his first stop.

It was another 10 laps before Hamilton finally made his run into the pits, taking on another set of soft Pirelli tyres - he was one of only three drivers to start off on the harder of the two compounds this weekend.

That dropped Hamilton back to eighth, but from there he began another charge, although there was again contact at one point, this time with former McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.

It proved slightly more costly as Hamilton lost his left front-wing endplate, exposing his left-front tyre to degradation.

It forced Mercedes into switching Hamilton from a planned two-stop strategy to a three, at that stage potentially scuppering his hopes of finishing runner-up to Rosberg.

It was not long before Hamilton was back up to second as those ahead pitted prior to the Brit switching to the far quicker supersoft tyres on lap 42, dropping him to fifth.

When Adrian Sutil spun his Sauber on lap 50, l eaving his car on the start-finish straight, it appeared a safety car would be called.

Mercedes, perhaps expecting as such, immediately brought in Hamilton for a longer-than-planned run on a final set of supersofts.

It was not long before he was on the tail of Bottas, on fading soft-compound tyres, but as his own rubber in turn lost its initial pace so it became apparent he would be unable to pass, settling for third.

Behind the lead trio were two other world champions in Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who endured a titanic struggle with the second Red Bull of Ricciardo over the closing stages, just holding sway.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, followed by McLaren duo Jenson Button and Magnussen, with Sergio Perez in his Force India completing the top 10.

A thrilled Rosberg said: "It's fantastic. "It's an amazing feeling to win at home. It's a very special day."

As for Hamilton, he was obviously delighted after claiming only his second podium finish from outside the top 10 when he was also third in Brazil in 2009 after starting 17th.

"I had great fun," said Hamilton. "I did as good as I could.

"It was hard to get through the pack safely and I had a little bit of a collision with Jenson.

"I thought he was going to open the door, which he has done a couple of times lately, but that was my bad judgement.

"It was hard to overtake so I'm glad to get some points today."


Qualification - German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, July 19th 2014

1Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:16.540
2Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+0.219s
3Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+0.538s
4Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+0.674s
5Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.733s
6Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1.037s
7Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+1.109s
8Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1.425s
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1.474s
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1.495s
11Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1.653s
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+1.733s
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+1.745s
14Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+2.247s
15Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+2.443s
16Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+2.143s
17Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+2.602s
18Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+3.136s
19Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+3.655s
20Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+3.868s
21Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+3.949s
22Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Teamno time

Driver Standings

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team384
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team317
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing238
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing186
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing167
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari161
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing134
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes126
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team96
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team59
11Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes55
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari55
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso22
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team2
18Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
20Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
21Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0
24Will StevensGBRCaterham F1 Team0

German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, July 20th 2014

1Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:33:42.914
2Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing20.789
3Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team22.530
4Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing44.014
5Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari52.467
6Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing52.549
7Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1:04.178
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1:24.711
9Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes1 lap(s)
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team1 lap(s)
11Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari1 lap(s)
12Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team1 lap(s)
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso1 lap(s)
14Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team1 lap(s)
15Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team1 lap(s)
16Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team2 lap(s)
17Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team2 lap(s)
18Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team2 lap(s)
19Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team20 lap(s)
20Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso23 lap(s)
21Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team41 lap(s)
22Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing67 lap(s)