Nico Rosberg bounced back from his British Grand Prix disappointment to claim his first home victory in Germany.
The last time a German driver won the German Grand Prix in a German car was back in pre-world championship days, when Rudolf Carraciola triumphed at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 1939.
Rosberg took the seventh win of his F1 career, giving him as many as Juan Pablo Montoya and Rene Arnoux.
In the 2005 race Montoya climbed from 20th on the grid to finish on the podium – just as Lewis Hamilton did yesterday – although Montoya made it one place further, finishing second.
Hamilton’s brake failure in Q1 resulted in his lowest starting position since the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, where he lined up 24th after being excluded from qualifying after running out of fuel. He made up 16 places in that race but went one better yesterday, making it the best recovery driver of his career.
Hamilton also took the fastest lap of the race, which was the only thing keeping Rosberg from achieving his first ‘grand slam’ of pole, win, fastest lap and leading every lap.
Valtteri Bottas became the second driver this season to score the first three podiums of his career in consecutive races. Daniel Ricciardo did so in Spain, Monaco and Canada – having been stripped of his podium finish in Australia. The last driver to do so before them was Hamilton in 2007.
The strong run of form from Bottas has helped move Williams up to third place in the constructors’ championship. They haven’t finished a championship that high since 2003, when the were second.
Bottas also gave the team their 300th podium finish. Only Ferrari (679) and McLaren (485) have more.
On the other side of the coin, Sauber have now gone ten consecutive races without scoring a point, which is their longest ever such streak. They previous failed to score for nine races in a row between the 1995 European and 1996 San Marino Grands Prix – and that was when points were only awarded to the top six finishers.
Adrian Sutil also took an unwanted record in Germany – he started his 119th race without finishing on the podium, breaking the previous record held by Pierluigi Martini.
Sebastian Vettel finished in front of Daniel Ricciardo in a race for the first time this year. That leaves Kimi Raikkonen as the only driver yet to beat his team mate in a grand prix this season.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2014 F1 championship points
- 2014 F1 season records
- 2014 F1 race data
- 2014 F1 qualifying data
- 2014 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2014 F1 strategy and pit stops
- 2014 F1 driver form guides
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2014 German Grand Prix
- Mercedes explain cause of Hamilton’s brake failure
- Cause of Hamilton’s brake failure ‘still unclear’
- Three-in-a-row for Bottas in Driver of the Weekend
- Hockenheim continues 2014’s run of top races
- 2014 German Grand Prix team radio transcript
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