Nico Rosberg never relinquished the lead on Sunday in his home German Grand Prix and drove his Mercedes to victory for the fourth time in the 10 races so far this season. It was a dominant display from Rosberg, who was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, at Hockenheimring as his main competition from his teammate Lewis Hamilton could only charge from 20th on the grid to finish in third.
Valtteri Bottas was able to grab his third podium finish in a row for Williams Martini Racing as he held off Hamilton in the closing laps to finish in second place.
For Rosberg it is his seventh career Formula One victory and he also extended his World Championship points lead to 14 points over Hamilton.
The start of the race was dramatic with a Turn 1 crash when the two cars that started in row two collided. Kevin Magnussen had position on the inside entering Turn 1 in his McLaren but the Williams of Felipe Massa cut from the outside line and the two made contact which sent Massa upside down before he ended back on all four tires. The safety car was displayed right away but Massa was okay and walked away unharmed.
Rosberg held the lead for the lap 3 of 67 restart with Bottas in second, Sebastian Vettel third, Fernando Alonso fourth, and Nico Hulkenberg fifth. Daniel Ricciardo started fifth but had to take evasive action to not get caught up with Massa's flipping car and dropped to 14th. Lewis Hamilton, who started 20th after crashing in qualifying and also having to serve a five place grid penalty for a gear-box change, was 17th.
Rosberg immediately opened a large lead as the action was further behind with Ricciardo and Hamilton fighting through the field. On lap 9 Daniil Kvyat and Segio Perez made contact battling for seventh which spun Kvyat around. At lap 10 Ricciardo was up to ninth and Hamilton was tenth. Then on lap 13 Hamilton made a three wide pass with slight contact onto Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari and also was able to get around Ricciardo's Red Bull.
Rosberg pitted from the lead on lap 15 and had a big enough lead that he exited still in the front. Lewis Hamilton pitted from third place on lap 27 and dropped to eighth after the stop. Romain Grosjean saw his race come to an end on lap 28 when he pulled his Lotus off track.
On lap 41 Rosberg pitted from the lead for his second stop and again held the lead. Hamilton was up to second when he pitted for his second stop on lap 42 and fell to fifth.
Drama hit on lap 46 for Daniil Kvyat when his Toro Rosso went up in flames. Then on lap 50 Adrian Sutil spun off the final corner and then could not get his Sauber to restart and climbed from the car which he left stranded on the front stretch. There was not safety car though so Rosberg was able to keep his large lead.
Lewis Hamilton pitted for a third time on lap 51 from third place but only dropped to fourth. Bottas made his third stop of the race on lap 54 and stayed second. Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo put on a great fight over the final 10 laps in a battle for fifth place. Alonso was able to get past Ricciardo on lap 63 but at the finish Ricciardo was only one tenth of a second behind Alonso.
At the finish on lap 67 Nico Rosberg won by 20.7 seconds over Valtteri Bottas. Lewis Hamillton could not get by Bottas and settled for third place to do some damage control in the championship picture after his qualifying crash. Finishing in fourth was Sebastian Vettel with Fernando Alonso in fifth, Daniel Ricciardo sixth, Nico Hulkenberg seventh, Jenson Button eighth, Kevin Magnussen ninth, and Sergio Perez got the last championship point in tenth.
Kimi Raikkonen was 11th out of the points again for Ferrari. Pastor Maldonado was 12th, Jean-Eric Vergne 13th, Esteban Gutierrez 14th, Jules Bianchi 15th, Kamui Kobayashi 16th, Max Chilton 17th, and Marcus Ericsson 18th. Adrian Sutil, Daniil Kvyat, Romain Grosjean, and Felipe Massa all were retired from the race.
After 10 of 19 rounds Nico Rosberg holds a 14 point lead over Lewis Hamilton. The margin is 190 to 176. Daniel Ricciardo is third in the points with 106 points. Fernando Alonso is fourth with 97 and Valtteri Bottas is fifth with 91. Sebastian Vettel is sixth with 82, Nico Hulkenberg seventh with 69, Jenson Button eighth with 59, Kevin Magnussen ninth with 37, and Felipe Massa tenth with 30.
Mercedes leads the Constructor's Points with 366. Red Bull Racing has 188 in second and Williams Martini Racing is up to third with 121 points. Ferrari is fourth with 116, Force India has 98 and McLaren 96.
The next race is next Sunday on July 27th for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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