21st July, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Nico Rosberg dominated in a lights-to-flag victory at the German Grand Prix but there was some fantastic action going on in the rest of the field.
Let’s look at how each driver did at round 10 of the 2014 season.
1. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - 25 points
After the lights went out in Hockenheim we hardly saw Rosberg. He got off the line well and began building up a gap and was barely seen on the TV coverage until he crossed the finish line at the end.
Rosberg’s dominant win means he has extended his gap to rival Lewis Hamilton to 14 points.
2. Valtteri Bottas - Williams - 18 points
For the third race in a row Bottas finished on the podium. The Finn had strong pace throughout the race and fought hard in the closing stages to fend off Hamilton.
Recently Bottas has been doing a fantastic job of showing his skills as well as the real capabilities of that car. They’re quickly becoming best of the rest and if Red Bull aren’t careful they may find themselves dropping to third in the constructors’ title.
3. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 15 points
A crash in Q1 and a gearbox change meant Hamilton started 20th on the grid. The Brit put in a strong recovery to take the final step on the podium.
Hamilton began to chase down Bottas towards the end of the race but couldn’t find a way past.
4. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing - 12 points
For the first time in a couple of races Vettel was the more competitive Red Bull.
At the start of the race the German seemed to pick up where he left off with Fernando Alonso in Silverstone and the pair enjoyed a tight battle.
In the end Vettel crossed the line fourth, in no position to challenge Hamilton for third.
5. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari - 10 points
The Spaniard had a pretty busy race getting involved in a few battles with the Red Bull duo. He fought Vettel at the start of the race and Daniel Ricciardo towards the end.
Ricciardo and Alonso kept swapping positions for fifth place but ultimately Alonso crossed the line fifth.
Battles like that show what skill Alonso has and also proves that Formula One is in no way boring.
6. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull - 8 points
After the race the Australian driver described it as ‘awesome fun’ and said he enjoyed his battle with Alonso.
He looked set for a fifth place finish but Ricciardo was unable to keep Alonso behind him.
10 races in and Ricciardo has done nothing but prove he deserves that seat at Red Bull.
7. Nico Hulkenberg - Force India - 6 points
Mid-race he was suffering with an engine issue which threatened to end his points scoring streak. Hulkenberg and the team managed to overcome issue and he crossed the line seventh, picking up a handful of points.
8. Jenson Button - McLaren - 4 points
The Briton was looking strong until the end of the race when he began dropping back through the field.
Button later said his lack of performance at the end of the race was due to the strategy not working in their favour.
9. Kevin Magnussen - McLaren - 2 points
On the opening lap Magnussen and Felipe Massa made contact. Magnussen was forced to pit and ended up at the back of the field.
The Dane spent the rest of the race fighting his way through the field and did well to finish in the points.
10. Sergio Perez - Force India - 1 point
Both Force India’s were looking strong on Friday and Saturday but the cooler temperatures on Sunday caused issues for many drivers, the Force India duo especially.
Post race Perez said the cool temperatures meant he lacked the pace he’d had previously over the weekend and affected tyre degradation, making the front tyres the limiting tyres, rather than the rears.
Still, one point is better than no points.
11. Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari
The poor Finn was hit twice during the race as people tried to pass him and lost an endplate, which didn’t help his performance.
Apart from that he had another fairly quiet race and finished just outside of the points.
12. Pastor Maldonado - Lotus
While some teams bemoaned the cooler temperatures, it played into the hands of Lotus who found it helped them.
Maldonado had a clean race and scored his second highest finish of the year, crossing the line 12th.
13. Jean-Eric Vergne - Toro Rosso
On Saturday the Frenchman was hopeful that he could move forward and pick up some points.
Part way through the race he was handed a five second stop-go penalty for gaining an advantage by exceeding the track limits, which destroyed any hopes of a points finish.
14. Esteban Gutierrez - Sauber
The Mexican spent the race fighting to keep cars behind him and fighting to gain positions.
14th place is Gutierrez’s highest finish in a couple of races but the Sauber driver said it wasn’t something the team could be satisfied with.
15. Jules Bianchi - Marussia
Once again the Frenchman was the fastest of the backmarkers. Bianchi is slowly starting to move into the midfield and though he felt the Saubers were faster this weekend, he thought Marussia were beginning to catch Lotus.
16. Kamui Kobayashi - Caterham
The Japanese driver struggled with pace throughout the race but a late stop helped Kobayashi pull out a gap to Chilton who was beginning to close in on him.
17. Max Chilton - Marussia
It seemed at one point that the Briton was going to catch Kobayashi for 16th place. Chilton later said he felt they had ‘lost a little bit everywhere with the changes we have made to the car prior to this race,’.
18. Marcus Ericsson - Caterham
The Swede had a difficult race after starting from the pit lane and being given a 10 second stop-go penalty for the team breaking parc ferme rules on Saturday night.
He struggled to recover from the penalty, which he served on lap four, and finished 20 seconds behind Chilon.
DNF - Adrian Sutil - Sauber
The German driver retired from his home race when he suddenly lost drive and spun, coming to a halt on the start-finish straight.
Sutil escaped from the car safely, leaving marshalls to push the car off the track. Though the marshalls managed to move the car it sat on the track in a potentially dangerous place for a few laps when many, including Hamilton, thought there should have been a safety car.
DNF - Daniil Kvyat - Toro Rosso
On Saturday the Russian driver was hoping to pick up a good haul of points. Any hopes of that were dashed when his car caught fire on lap 46.
Kvyat parked the car in the run-off area at the hairpin and escaped from the car safely.
DNF - Romain Grosjean - Lotus
Another disappointing end to a weekend for Grosjean who lost drive on lap 28 due to a cooling system issue.
DNF - Felipe Massa - Williams
For the second race in a row the Brazilian drivers race was ended on the first lap.
Massa and Magnussen made contact which resulted in Massa’s car being flipped over. Thankfully the car landed the right way up and the Williams driver climbed out unhurt.