German F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction
Nico Rosberg extended his lead at the head of Formula 1 on Sunday, clinching his fourth win of the 2014 championship in front of a home audience.
The Mercedes star is now 14 points clear at the summit of the drivers' standings, although Lewis Hamilton's surge to a third-place finish—having started 20th on the grid—ensures his teammate remains within arm's reach, while Valtteri Bottas took second.
Germany's most in-form manufacturer claimed a one-two on the podium for the seventh time this season, with all the latest results, standings and race reaction from Hockenheim discussed ahead.
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Full results per Formula1.com:
Updated Driver Standings
Here's how the drivers' championship looks after the 10th race of the 2014 season, per Formula1.com:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Australian||Red Bull Racing-Renault||106|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||German||Red Bull Racing-Renault||82|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||German||Force India-Mercedes||69|
|11||Sergio Perez||Mexican||Force India-Mercedes||29|
Updated Team Standings
Here's how the constructors' championship looks after the 10th race of the 2014 season, per Formula1.com:
After getting married, penning a new long-term contract with Mercedes and seeing his native Germany win the 2014 World Cup, Rosberg capped off a stellar week with victory in familiar territory, as confirmed by Sky Sports F1:
Upon taking home the gold with a home crowd looking on, Rosberg said, per BBC Sport: "It's fantastic. It's an amazing feeling to win at home. It's a very special day."
However, the championship leader wasn't the only driver on a high, and after pouncing on Hamilton's setbacks to take second place on Sunday, Williams' Bottas reacted by adding:
"I feel really happy to be third time in a row on podium. It was not easy and required input from all the engineers. Thanks to all the fans. I saw many Finnish flags so thank you."
Formula 1 can so often be dominated by the "bigger" names boasting the more suited technologies of the time, but Bottas' achievement was purely a feat in skill and quality race management, as pure and simple as that.
Hamilton gave his own take on the finish, per Sky Sports:
I did as good as I could today. It was really tough to get through the pack safely and I had a bit of a collision with Jenson. I honestly thought he was opening the door to let me pass - he's been a bit like that in the last race, for example - but it was my bad judgement. And at the end it was very difficult to overtake [Bottas] but I'm just glad we got some points.
Halfway through the 2014 campaign, it's the right attitude to take with plenty of points still up for grabs, and provided he doesn't make too many similar mistakes, the title is still there for Hamilton, or other challengers to claim.
Winners in Germany
Following on from his crash in Saturday qualifying, Hamilton faced a real test of his title credentials this weekend, receiving a five-place penalty as a result of the adjustments his car needed due to damage.
Mercedes AMG F1 confirmed the setback:
We can confirm that @LewisHamilton's gearbox will be changed for the race owing to accident damage incurred yesterday. 5 place penalty.— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) July 20, 2014
However, while Rosberg's win might make him a highlight of the day once again, his British teammate is fully deserving of his plaudits after managing to take third spot against extreme adversity.
Hamilton's hunt for the runners-up place was hotly contested by Bottas, who ran an extremely good race himself, defending his position particularly well in the last five laps, where Hamilton was at his most dangerous.
Bottas is enjoying a magnificent bit of form, with the Finnish driver taking his third podium place of the 2014 campaign, and for the third consecutive race, no less.
Losers in Germany
For the second race in a row, Felipe Massa was forced to retire without completing a lap on Sunday, flipping his car at the first corner in Hockenheim following a collision with Kevin Magnussen.
Sky Sports F1 show a dashboard view of the incident, which saw Massa's race come to a most miserable end, while Sportslobster defend the Brazilian, suggesting none of the blame lies with him:
Once again it doesn’t look like Massa’s fault. You have to feel sorry for the Brazilian. #F1— Sportlobster (@sportlobster) July 20, 2014
However, fault or not, Massa will be enraged with his fortune of late, prevented even from having the slightest chance at reviving his season, just as was the case in Silverstone earlier this week.
Elsewhere, Sergio Perez and Daniil Kyvat came together on the 10th lap, which sent the latter spinning out of control, per Sky Sports F1:
Kyvat's race was soon to be brought to an end thanks to a fire erupting from the base of his Toro Rosso. Both he and Massa escaped unscathed from their accidents.