The race for the Drivers Championship is all intensified at the British Grand Prix as Hamilton kept his championship hopes alive and finished at the top of the pack and closing in at just 4 points behind the championship leader and team mate Nico Rosberg.
The British GP was followed by mid season testing and then the complete pack moved to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix.
Things didn’t go well in qualifying at the German Grand Prix for Hamilton as he crashed into the barriers at turn 13 due to the front-right brake failure. The Briton was taken to the medical center relatively unscathed.
Nico took the pole position with the best time for the weekend at 1 min 16.540 seconds. Luckily for Nico, he is fitted with a brake system supplied by a different manufacturer.
The drivers at Williams finished 2nd & 3rd at qualifying and Kelvin Magnussen finished 4th for McLaren. The 3rd row of the grid was occupied by RedBull drivers Daniel Ricciardo & Sebastian Vettel. Alonso of Ferrari, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Force India Drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez formed the top 10 of the grid.
With the FRIC (Front & Rear Interconnected Suspension) being removed by the teams at the German Grand Prix and people speculating about the speed of the silver arrows because of its competitive advantage, Mercedes continued to be the fasted on the grid.
Rosberg won the German Grand Prix and extended his lead to Hamilton by 14 points! He is the first German to win at Hockenheim after Michael Schumacher’s victory in 2006.
“Wow, what a great day after so many great events for me this week! I came here hoping for a win and it worked out perfectly. My Silver Arrow was so dominant, thanks to the team for this fantastic car. Before the race I was worried that without the FRIC system the gap in the race would be smaller. But we were again the quickest out there.” – Nico Rosberg
Things didn’t go well for Hamilton after the crash at qualifying as after a change of gear box led him to fall further down the pack by 5 places forcing him to start at the penultimate row at 2oth place but Hamilton had an amazing stint by gaining 17 places over the course of the race and finished the race in 3rd place. He couldn’t pass Williams driver Botas at the end of the race as his super-soft tires wore quickly. During this, he also had a little collision with former team mate at McLaren, Jenson Button after which he waved apologies as he passed by. Williams claimed 2nd place making it their 30th podium finish.
“I had a little collision with Jenson. I really thought he was opening the door for me; he has been very good like that in recent races. So my bad on judgement there. – Lewis Hamilton
It was all drama in Hockenheim from the start as Fillepe Massa and Kelvin Magnussen collided in the first corner tipping the Williams upside down calling for the safety car to be deployed.
“Luckily I am ok but I am not happy. I was in front going into the corner, and so to have another race ended by another driver is not easy. I am doing my best, the team are doing their best, and we just aren’t getting the chances we need.” – Fillepe Massa
The battle for 4th place too intensified and saw stints of wheel – to – wheel racing between Vettel, Alonso & Ricardo. Vettel took 4th followed by the Ferrari at 5th and team mate Ricardo at 6th place.
“It was fun with Fernando today – we started maybe where we left off in Silverstone! It was quite entertaining the first half of the race and at one point it was quite tight with both the Ferraris, but we managed to stay ahead.” – Sebastian Vettel
Force India’s Hulkenberg & Perez finished an impressive 7th and 10th adding points to their constructors championship. The McLarens finished 8th & 9th on the grid.
“We were expecting to be stronger in the race today, but the drop in temperatures didn’t help us and both drivers struggled to show the pace we had seen during our long runs on Friday.” – Robert Fernley, Force India Deputy Team Principal
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was unable to score any points by finishing 11th on the grid.
“It’s a real shame the way my race went, because this weekend, I felt more comfortable and today, on fresh tires, I was going well. Unfortunately, twice I found myself squeezed between two cars and on both occasions my front wing got damaged and that compromised my race.” – Kimi Raikkonen
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat’s race ended early at the 46th lap as his car burst into flames to an engine problem. He was visibly frustrated as he was seen hitting the barrier.
“It’s a shame how my race ended today, especially because yesterday went very well. My first stint was looking okay until the contact with Perez, which made me lose ground.” – Daniil Kvyat
Adrian Sutin of Sauber had a spin at the start-finish straight on lap 50 stalling his car. The race director had to decide if to deploy the safety car which would have led to Rosberg being pulled back. He chose to continue the race and the car was moved in a couple of laps.
Overall it has been a dream couple of weekends for the German as he married his girlfriend, watched Germany win the world cup, signed a contract extension with Mercedes and have his forth victory of the season on home turf!
1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes1hr 33m 42.914s 67 laps – 25 Points
2. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes +20.7s – 18 Points
3. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes +22.5s – 15 Points
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +44.0s – 12 Points
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +52.4s – 10 Points
6. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault +52.5s – 8 Points
7. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +01m 04.1s – 6 Points
8. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +01m 24.7s – 4 Points
9. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap – 2 Points
10. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes +1 lap – 1 – Point
11. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari +1 lap
12. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault +1 lap
13. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap
14. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari +1 laps
16. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault +2 laps
17. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault +2 laps
Rtd. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari 47 laps completed
Rtd. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault 44 laps completed
Rtd. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 26 laps completed
Rtd. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes 0 laps completed
Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 19.908s Lap 53
Driver’s Championship Standings:
1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes – 190 Points
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes – 176 Points
3. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault – 106 Points
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari – 97 Points
5. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes – 91 Points
6. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault – 82 Points
7. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes – 69 Points
8. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes – 59 Points
9. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes – 37 Points
10. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes – 30 Points
11. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes – 29 Points
12. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari – 19 Points
13. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault – 9 Points
14. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault – 8 Points
15. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault – 6 Points
16. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari – 2 Points
Constructor’s Championship Standings:
1. Mercedes AMG Petronas – 366 Points
2. Infiniti Red Bull Racing – 188 Points
3. Williams Martini Racing – 121 Points
4. Scuderia Ferrari – 116 Points
5. Sahara Force India – 98 Points
6. McLaren Mercedes – 96 Points
7. Scuderia Toro Rosso – 15 Points
8. Lotus F1 – 8 Points
9. Marussia F1 – 2 Points
10. Sauber F1 – 0 Points
11. Caterham F1 – 0 Points