Rosberg cruises to German Grand Prix win
20 July 2014 – Nico Rosberg took a comfortable victory during Sunday afternoon's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. The Mercedes driver distanced himself from the opening lap drama to lead from start to finish, with Valtteri Bottas taking second and team-mate Lewis Hamilton delivering a fine comeback drive for third.
As the lights went out, Rosberg turned his pole position grid slot into a sizeable gap by the first corner, putting him clear of a nasty collision between Williams driver Felipe Massa and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen.
The bottleneck saw Massa tipped into the air by Magnussen, putting the Brazilian out on the spot and pushing the Dane down the order.
After a short Safety Car period, Rosberg mastered the race restart and quickly pulled away from Bottas, an advantage that would ultimately increase to 20 seconds by the time the chequered flag dropped.
It marked Rosberg's fourth victory of the 2014 campaign, after Australia, Monaco and Austria.
While Rosberg and Bottas opted for two-stop plans, Hamilton – who started 20th – conducted his fight through the field on a three-stop strategy, picking off a number of rivals during a final stint on the Super Soft tyres.
Hamilton's afternoon was not free of scares, though, the Briton making sizeable contact with Sauber's Adrian Sutil, Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen and former McLaren team-mate Jenson Button at the hairpin.
He picked up front wing damage in his clash with Button, but it was not enough to require a change.
Hamilton went on to close in on second-placed Bottas, but third proved to be his limit, with the Williams possessing enough straight line speed to fend off an attack, even with the assistance of DRS.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel was the next to cross the line after the podium finishers, while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came out on top in a monumental scrap with Daniel Ricciardo for fifth position.
Aside from Rosberg and Bottas, Force India's Nico Hülkenberg was the only other driver inside the top 10 to conduct a two-stop race, the German extending his 100 per cent points-scoring record for the season.
McLaren's Jenson Button took eighth, ahead of team-mate Magnussen. The Dane did well to regain his composure after clashing with Massa, an incident that required no further action from the stewards.
Sergio Pérez rounded out the points for Force India, giving the team its sixth double score of the season.
Räikkönen missed out in 11th, finishing eight seconds adrift of Pérez after a low key performance.
In addition to Massa, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat and Adrian Sutil failed to make the finish.
Grosjean's Lotus pulled off the track shortly after losing power, Kvyat was lucky to escape unharmed after his Toro Rosso dramatically caught fire and Sutil spun and stalled his Sauber at the exit of the final corner.
In terms of the standings, Rosberg now holds a 14-point lead over Hamilton, with nine races remaining.
The 11th round of the Formula 1 season takes place at the Hungaroring from July 25-27