Sunday - Apr 30, 2017

Nico Rosberg wins the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim


Nico Rosberg wins the German Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg came out comfortably victorious in front of a home crowd at the German Grand Prix held in Hockenheim, increasing his World Championship lead from teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The tone of the race was set as early as the first bend when William’s Felipe Massa spectacularly flipped his car after robbing bumpers with the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen.

Hamilton also put in a remarkable performance finishing third, starting in 20th position, the combined result of an accident caused by right front brake disc failure and the need to change his car’s gearbox overnight, which saw him pushed back for five places on the grid.

Starting in pole position, Rosberg serenely streaked away from the rest of the field and was never troubled as he went on to record his fourth win of the 2014 season, finishing 20 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Williams, with plenty to spare.

On the other hand, Hamilton spent the entire race chasing the field, did remarkably well to make it to the podium, although never looking likely to catch Valtteri Bottas to take second place.

With his victory Rosberg has extended his points total to 190, with Hamilton in second place 14 points behind. Hamilton will undoubtedly be ruing his disastrous qualifying rounds as he ran a magnificent race in his super powerful W05 in which he succeeded in executing a number of breathtaking passing moves, with his most outstanding being when he overtook both Kimi Raikonnen and Daniel Ricciardo in one fell swoop to move up to 7th place.

Last year’s world champion Sebastien Vettel of Red Bull finished in fourth while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had to make do with fifth position after losing out on a hardfought contest between the two which ran almost throughout the entire race.

Red Bull’s Daniel Riccciardo did well to finish in sixth position which was an excellent result for the Australian driver considering that he was down to 15th place following the Massa incident on the first lap.

Force India Nico Hulkenberg maintained his commendable 100 per cent points-scoring record through finishing in seventh place, ahead of McLaren pair Button and Magnussen and his teammate Sergio Perez.

In an after race interview an even more animated, Lewis Hamilton announced how much he was looking for next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix where he looked forward to pulling back some of the points advantage held by Rosberg. Judging by yesterday’s form anything is possible.

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