Jul 20

Nico Rosberg wins the German Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg cruised to win his first ever German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in cooler conditions. The rain failed to materialise. Valtteri Bottas was second for Williams while Lewis Hamilton drove a storming race to come third from 20th place. The final few laps saw him tussle with Bottas for second place but extreme graining on his front left tyre meant that he could not mount a complete challenge to the Finn. This result means that Rosberg is 14 points clear of Hamilton.

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Jul 19

Nico Rosberg takes pole at the German Grand Prix

With Lewis Hamilton out of the way, this was Nico Rosberg’s pole to lose. He topped the timesheets on the red supersofts followed by the Williams cars. Valtteri Bottas finished Q1 in 4th place with only one run on the prime tyre. He finished second overall with Felipe Massa third.

Kevin Magnussen was a silver lining in the woes that continue to dog McLaren. He finished in 4th place.

The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were 5th and 6th with Fernando Alonso 7th.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

Nico Rosberg tops final practice at Hockenheim

Conditions for Sunday look to be a lot cooler but Saturday brought little relief. Holes had to be cut into the bodywork of cars.

Kimi Raikkonen had to deal with a fuel system issue today. The weekend is not going well for the Finn who was sat in his garage for most of yesterday because of a water pump problem.

Max Chilton had an electronic problem on his car. Marcus Ericsson had to sit out most of the session because of a hydraulics problem.

The session ended with Nico Rosberg first and followed by Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez, Esteban Gutierrez, Romain Grosjean, Jules Bianchi, Pastor Maldonado, Adrian Sutil, Kamui Kobayashi, Ericsson and Chilton.

Jul 18

Lewis Hamilton tops FP2 at a burning Hockenheim

Track temperatures reached the hottest so far this season at 58C.

Caterham had a rough start to the day after Marcus Ericsson was told to stop by the side of the circuit. However, the mechanics managed to get him out on track but not before Kamui Kobayashi’s rear end of the car caught on fire and brought his session to an end.

Nico Rosberg’s brakes heated up when he pitted and was held up by Lewis Hamilton’s car. The pit crew got Rosberg’s tyres on Hamilton’s car and while they were rectifying their mistake, the German had to sit behind the Briton for a while.

Jul 18

Nico Rosberg tops FP1 at Hockenheim

The highlight of the first practice session was Susie Wolff’s performance in the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. Her first lap echoed her Silverstone outing wherein she faced a technical issue on the car (stuck in first gear) and had to return to the pits. However, this time the mechanics were able to send her out again.

Kimi Raikkonen had a water pump issue and so sat out the first hour of the session.

Giedo van der Garde stepped into Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber for the session.

Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets followed by Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen, Raikkonen, Daniil Kvyat, Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Wolff, van der Garde, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi, Jules Bianchi, Marcus Ericsson and Max Chilton.

Jul 06

Lewis Hamilton wins home Grand Prix

After a dramatic race full of incidents, it was home boy Hamilton who took the checkered flag in Silverstone, taking full advantage of his teammate’s retirement. Nico Rosberg, who had started from pole and had held to the first spot of the race as usual, suffered a gear box related failure and thus his first retirement of the season, which also cuts his streak of finishing in the top two positions. His championship lead is thus cut to only four points and it’s a dead heat between the Mercedes drivers. Second place was for a flying Valteri Bottas, best result in his short career so far, and third for Daniel Ricciardo, who yet again outraced his Champion team mate.  Read the rest of this entry »

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