Nico Rosberg Completes Perfect Week at 2014 German Grand Prix

Oliver Harden@@OllieHardenFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2014

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 20:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates in Parc Ferme after victory in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 20, 2014 in Hockenheim, Germany.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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There are good weeks and there are good weeks.

For Nico Rosberg, the Mercedes driver and still the leader of the Formula One drivers' standings, the last nine days or so could not have been any better.

The German married his long-term girlfriend, Vivian Sibold, last Friday before watching his nation win the FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Argentina two days later.

His "multi-year contract extension" with the Silver Arrows was signed and sealed the following day, with Rosberg following that up by securing an ultimately comfortable pole position at his home race at Hockenheim on a Saturday which saw Lewis Hamilton, his closest rival, chained towards the rear of the grid after a crash in qualifying. 

The 29-year-old's win for the first time in his homeland on Sunday was merely the cherry on the top.

And at risk of upsetting the new Mrs Rosberg as well as the German football team—Lukas Podolski, the Arsenal forward, was actually in attendance to cheer his compatriot on at Hockenheim—it was arguably the most important development of the week.

After a British Grand Prix weekend which saw Rosberg suffer his first retirement of the campaign, slicing his advantage over Hamiltonwho inherited the lead and went on to win at Silverstonefrom a margin of 29 points to just four, he needed a weekend like this.

A weekend alone, a weekend under the radar.

In many respects, the German Grand Prix was not your typical Rosberg weekend—it was akin to one enjoyed by Sebastian Vettel over the last four years.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 20:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP waves to the fans during his victory lap after winning the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 20, 2014 in Hockenheim, Germany.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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With his nearest rivals (in theory) either encountering problems or just lacking the pace to challenge, Rosberg was able to capitalise on his pole position and disappear into the distance—putting the result beyond doubt as early as possible—as those behind fought amongst themselves for scraps.

The Mercedes driver's setting of his fastest lap on the final lap of the grand prix, according to the official Formula One website, was particularly Vettel-esque, with Rosberg underlining his dominance and emphasising his comfort at the front.

Psychologically, Rosberg's return to the top step of the podium immediately after Hamilton's win at Silverstone was crucial, with the Hungarian Grand Prix—one of the British driver's favoured events—only seven days away.

If, as widely predicted ahead of the Hockenheim weekend, Hamilton had returned to the level of performance which cast Rosberg into the dreaded No. 2 role between the Malaysian and Spanish grands prix, the German might have found the title rapidly slipping out of his grasp.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 20:  Lewis Hamilton (L) of Great Britain and Mercedes GP seems to be looking towards his team mate Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP as they celebrate their 1st and 3rd place positions in the German Grand Prix at Hockenhei
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An instant response to what was at the time considered a turning point in the championship battle was desperately required.

And Rosberg delivered, stifling any post-Silverstone momentum on the opposite side of the garage, while providing a reminder of his own qualities and title credentials—two areas where you feel he continues to be underestimated, despite having now recorded his fourth win of the campaign.

This was arguably the sweetest yet, with Rosberg quoted by the official F1 website as stating:

Wow, what a great day after so many great events for me this week! I came here hoping for a win and it worked out perfectly. My Silver Arrow was so dominant, thanks to the team for this fantastic car.

I'm so happy for Mercedes; it was the first win for many many years in Germany. Thanks for the support here at Hockenheim, the fans were amazing to me. Also at the start I saw a Mexican wave, which was great. Now I look forward to Hungary.

A win on home soil would normally be the highlight of a Formula One driver's career, perhaps even his life—but as Rosberg said in the FIA post-race press conference, it wasn't even the highlight of his week.

Proof, if it were needed, that he is in a good place at the moment.