Lewis Hamilton: I did as well as I could at the German Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton insists he was satisfied with a podium finish after fighting his way up from 20th on the grid
Lewis Hamilton insisted he was satisfied with a podium finish after fighting his way up from 20th on the grid to finish third at the German Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg claimed victory ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas to leave the German 14 points clear of the Briton in the drivers’ standings.
It was hard to overtake so I’m glad to get some points today
After starting from 20th on the grid following a 130mph crash on Saturday and a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, Hamilton surged up the places – and the 29-year-old was pleased with his recovery at Hockenheim.
“I had great fun,” said Hamilton. “I did as good as I could. It was hard to get through the pack safely and I had a little bit of a collision with Jenson Button.
“I thought he was going to open the door which he has done a couple of times lately but that was my bad judgement. It was hard to overtake so I’m glad to get some points today.”
Rosberg, who had never finished on the podium in any race held in Germany before Sunday, added: “It’s fantastic. It’s an amazing feeling to win at home. It’s a very special day.”
Bottas said: “I feel really happy again being third time in a row on the podium.
“These guys were too quick today but really happy we managed to keep at least one of them behind, it was not easy, needed all the info from the engineers, engine modes and so on.”
German Grand Prix 2014: Race result
1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1hr 33m 42.914s 67 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes +00m 20.7s
3. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 22.5s
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 44.0s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 52.4s
6. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 52.5s
7. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +01m 04.1s
8. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +01m 24.7s
9. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
10. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
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