Formula One

 
           === Rosberg extends F1 points lead with German GP win ===
 
 Hockenheim, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg widened
 his  lead  in the  Formula One  world championship  point standings by winning
 Sunday's German Grand Prix.
 
 Rosberg,  a 29-year-old German, won on his home soil for the first time with a
 superb  performance.  He started  on the pole  and led all  67 laps around the
 Hockenheimring  circuit. Rosberg  claimed his fourth win of the season and the
 seventh of his F1 career.
 
 Two  weeks  ago, Rosberg  suffered his  first retirement of  the season in the
 British  Grand Prix due to a faulty gearbox. Since then, he got married to his
 long-time  girlfriend  Vivian Sibold  and  signed  a new  multi-year  contract
 extension  with  Mercedes before winning the  German GP pole and race. Germany
 also won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final last week.
 
 Rosberg   became  the   first  German  to  win  at  Hockenheim  since  Michael
 Schumacher's victory here in 2006. Last year, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel
 won his home race in Germany, which was held at the Nurburgring.
 
 "It's  fantastic," Rosberg said. "It's an amazing feeling to win here at home.
 A very, very special day for me."
 
 Rosberg  now  holds a 14-point  advantage over teammate and championship rival
 Lewis  Hamilton,  who finished third.  Hamilton started 20th after crashing in
 the  second round  of Saturday's qualifying session and then receiving a five-
 spot grid penalty for an unapproved gearbox change.
 
 Shortly  before the halfway point, Hamilton made contact with McLaren's Jenson
 Button  while  the two  were battling for  position. Hamilton sustained slight
 damage  to  his left-front-wing  endplate. Button suffered  some damage to his
 front  wing  as well. Both  drivers had adjustments made  to their cars on the
 following round of pit stops.
 
 "I had great fun," Hamilton said. "I did as good as I could today. It was very
 hard  to  get through the pack  safely, and I had  a little bit of a collision
 with  Jenson. I honestly  thought he was opening the door to let me pass. He's
 done  that  in past races, so  my bad on judgement  there. It was very hard to
 overtake at the end. But that's OK. I'm just glad to get some points today."
 
 Valtteri Bottas from Williams made his third straight podium appearance with a
 second-place run. Bottas crossed the finish line 20.7 second behind Rosberg.
 
 "I  feel  really happy  again being  on the podium,"  Bottas said. "These guys
 [Mercedes  drivers Rosberg and Hamilton] were too quick today but really happy
 that we managed to at least get one of them behind. It was not easy."
 
 Bottas'  teammate,  Felipe Massa,  was  involved  in  a frightening  crash  on
 the  opening lap.  Heading  into the  first corner,  Massa  made contact  with
 McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, causing the Williams driver to flip upside down and
 slide  off  course before he  rolled back over. He  was not injured during the
 accident.
 
 "The  most important thing is that I'm fine," Massa said. "I'm very frustrated
 for  another problem  like that.  Another  race just  throwing away  a lot  of
 points, so I'm really disappointed."
 
 Vettel,  the  four-time and  defending  F1  world champion,  finished  fourth,
 followed by Fernando Alonso from Ferrari. Vettel's teammate, Daniel Ricciardo,
 placed sixth.
 
 Force  India's  Nico  Hulkenberg  took  the seventh  spot,  while  Button  and
 Magnussen  were  eighth and ninth, respectively. Hulkenberg's teammate, Sergio
 Perez, completed the top-10.
 
 F1 is back on track next Sunday with the Hungarian Grand Prix.
 
 "I  look forward to the next race in Hungary, with the car that we have at the
 moment,"  Rosberg  said. "I'm very thankful  to Mercedes for the car that they
 have built us. It's really a pleasure. Hungary will be good."
 
 Hamilton has won the Hungarian GP the past two years.
 
 07/20 11:55:40 ET

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