The good and the bad of the German Grand Prix
Following his dominant victory on home soil at the German Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg extended his lead over team-mate Lewis Hamilton to 14 points in the drivers’ championship, with the Brit coming home in third after a charging drive from 20th on the grid.
Let’s take a look at the good and bad from last weekend’s race at the Hockenheimring.
The German driver put in a faultless drive from pole position on Sunday to secure his fourth win of the year, extending the gap to his team-mate in the championship and taking his first victory in front of his home crowd.
The British driver put in a storming and aggressive drive through the field after a disastrous qualifying session, making up 17 positions on his way to third place and the final podium position. His charge was predictable, with the current advantage Mercedes has, but it was brilliant to watch.
The Finn continues to impress in just his second Formula 1 season and scored his third consecutive podium on Sunday, equalling his best result in the sport by taking the runner-up spot. Having out-performed his more experienced team-mate consistently in 2014 so far, the Williams driver now sits fifth in the drivers’ standings.
On the subject of Williams, Susie Wolff had a far more productive second first practice run in Germany in comparison to her Silverstone outing, and managed a total of 22 laps at the wheel of the FW34. She finished 15th fastest, just over two tenths behind Felipe Massa in the second car.
During the German Grand Prix we witnessed some fantastic battles, particularly between Fernando Alonso and the two Red Bull drivers. The majority of the fights were close, clean and fair, providing fans both at the track and watching on TV with great entertainment.
The Ferrari driver falls into this category yet again, following a tough and difficult German Grand Prix. On two occasions he found himself between two other cars, with both resulting in contact. He believes the resulting front wing damage prevented him from finishing higher than 11th.
The Williams driver’s race at the Hockenheimring lasted just a handful of seconds, after he was involved in a big fight-corner crash on the opening lap. He seemingly turned in on Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren, who had nowhere to go, and the wheel-to-wheel contact sent him into a barrel-roll. He was unscathed but was forced to retire immediately.
Sauber’s dismal 2014 season continued in Germany, with Esteban Gutierrez finishing in 14th place and Adrian Sutil retiring following a power-unit issue. The team has so far failed to score a point, making it the worst first half of a campaign in the team’s history.
The Russian rookie impressed yet again in qualifying and lined up on the grid in eighth place, five positions ahead of his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne. However, the race did not go to plan. An ambitious overtaking around the outside of Sergio Perez at turn eight sent him in a spin and he later made a fiery exit from the race.
He may have put in a stand-out drive in Sunday’s race, but it was a disappointing weekend overall for the 2008 world champion. His Q1 crash, caused by a failed right-front brake disc, and a gearbox change forced him to start at the back of the pack and some of his overtakes during the event did result in messy contact.
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.