Nico Rosberg Dominates the German Grand Prix
The weekend started with Nico Rosberg winning the pole after he watched his teammate Lewis Hamilton have issues during qualifying that pushed him toward the back of the starting grid. Sunday came and the championship points leader dominated the German Grand Prix in his native land to increase his lead midway into the Formula-1 season.
The pole position Nico Rosberg earned was his fourth in the last five races. He found next to him and behind him the two Williams team drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa second the third on the grid with Kevin Magnussen completing Row 2. The Red Bull team of Daniel Ricciardo and Rosberg’s fellow countrymen Sebastian Vettel claiming Row 3 as their own.
After having a brake failure during Round One of qualifying Saturday, Lewis Hamilton was slated to start 15th on the starting grid. His team needed to repair a gearbox that was damaged when Hamilton spun out and found his #44 Mercedes in barrier; the results were a sore body and a five-spot grid penalty for the repairs.
The opening lap saw Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Massa crash in Turn 1, the result was Massa’s car becoming airborne and flipped over. The Brazilian’s car landed right side up and Magnussen was able to walk away from the accident.
Lewis Hamilton dealt with a badly damaged front left wing caused when he made contact with another driver while passing them on the Turn 6 hairpin and stormed up to third in the latter stages of the race to join his teammate on his podium. Hamilton gave Valtteri Bottas a run for his money in the final laps of the race, but the Williams driver who started second would maintain his position to end the second in second. Sebastian Vettel carried the Red Bull Team flag into fourth while Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso rounded out the top five.
Nico Rosberg was able to run away and hid from the field on Sunday in his Mercedes, with hardly anyone able to see him on the track, let alone be able to threaten his lead. The last two weeks since his failure to finish the British Grand Prix have been good for the 29-year-old German. He was married to his girlfriend Vivian Sibold, he watched German win their fourth World Cup title and signed a contract extension with Mercedes. Sunday he won his first German Grand Prix on the Formula 1 Circuit and increased his lead in the points standings to 14.