Nico Rosberg managed to notch up his fourth win this season. Just behind him was the Williams‘ driver, Valtteri Bottas, who crossed the line in second place, followed by the second Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton, securing third place after having started from the 20th position on the grid.
Sebastian Vettel fought yet another epic duel with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and, after a few tyre changes, managed to get past the Spaniard. Daniel Ricciardo wasn’t so lucky, however, also joining the battle between the third-time champion and the Ferrari driver, but failing to overtake the latter.
It was fun with Fernando today – we started maybe where we left off in Silverstone,” said Seb. “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.”
These are the moments and battles that I personally thrive off and enjoy,” Daniel Ricciardo confessed. “Fernando is known to be a tough fighter and I thought who better to have a good fight with. I was on the Primes and he was on fresher options and I gave it the best fight I could and, well.., nearly!”
But the race was by no means a bed of roses. Just after they got the starting signal, Felipe Massa (Williams) and Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) clashed, leaving Massa uninjured but out of the race. Magnussen was able to continue, but was left at the rear. Daniel Ricciardo was also affected by the accident and was forced to take evasive action, which made him drop back to 15th position. That didn’t mean his race was ruined though, because the Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver put all his skills to the test and continued to claw back positions until finally finishing the race in 6th position.
I wasn’t as worse off as Massa and hopefully he is okay,” Daniel Ricciardo said. “I was on the outside and the collision happened, I had to avoid it and went pretty far down the field, I don’t know exactly how far back. From then on I just got on to the radio and said let’s make an amazing recovery and make ourselves proud today. And I think we did that, we fought hard and we didn’t leave anything on the table.”
That was one of the most enjoyable races I’ve had. I mean, not on the first lap, obviously, that was just the wrong place at the wrong time.” Said Daniel Ricciardo.
Team Principal Christian Horner said that the race result was the most he expected from the team in this hard but exciting race:
Fourth and sixth were the absolute maximum we could achieve out of today, especially after the first corner when Daniel did an amazing job to avoid the accident. There was some great racing with Sebastian and Fernando early in the race and he was really our main competitor today. Our strategy worked out that we were able to beat him in the end reasonably comfortably with Sebastian and Daniel came close as well after recovering extremely well and fighting hard with some more great racing towards the end. It was an exciting Grand Prix – there’s still a big gap to Mercedes but we’re working hard to try and close it down.”
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers are now eagerly awaiting the next race, in Hungary, where we hope they’ll show once again what they’re capable of, and enjoy it as much as they did in this German GP.