Nico Rosberg completed the week of his life with victory in the German Grand Prix on a day when Lewis Hamilton produced a backs-to-the-wall drive to limit the damage to his team-mate and title rival.
From 20th on the grid at Hockenheim, following a qualifying crash and five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change due to the damage sustained, 29-year-old Hamilton was third in his Mercedes behind Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. Rosberg’s triumph was the first for Mercedes on home soil since 1954, when Juan Manuel Fangio won.
Married nine days ago, Rosberg then watched Germany win the World Cup final before signing a new contract earlier this week, and has now recorded a lights-to-flag success in front of his own fans.
All the action unfolded behind him, with the spotlight on Hamilton given his lowly grid position after a smash in the first part of qualifying following a front-right brake disc failure. Initally 15th for the start, Mercedes announced the gearbox change and subsequent penalty on Sunday morning leaving him 20th and with a mountain to climb.
But Hamilton produced a rousing performance, limiting the damage as best as possible with third, with the gap to Rosberg now 14 points.
Hamilton was delighted with only his second podium finish from outside the top 10 “I had great fun,” said Hamilton. “I did as good as I could. It was hard to overtake so I’m glad to get some points today.”