(Red Bull) It was normal service at the front in Formula One but there plenty of action all over the Hockenheimring at a thrilling German Grand Prix.
Winner of last year’s German Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel came close to a home grand prix podium in fourth after some sensation wheel-to-wheel racing, but it was Valtteri Bottas who picked up his third podium finish in a row with another second place.
Daniel Ricciardo had to be at the peak of his powers right from the start as McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Williams’s Felipe Massa collided in front of him. The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver swerved around them, but fell back dramatically. The Aussie made his way back up the field putting in plenty of passes to finish sixth behind Fernando Alonso.
At the front, a faultless drive by pole sitter Nico Rosberg saw the German extend his lead in the drivers championship, but his team-mate Lewis Hamilton had a tougher afternoon. A crash following brake failure in qualifying left the Brit starting from 20th place but his car advantage helped him to finish third.
Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal
“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.”
Sebastian Vettel, 4th
“It was fun with Fernando today – we started maybe where we left off in Silverstone! 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. The second stop was a bit too close and Fernando was able to pass without too many difficulties, which put us on the back foot, but we decided to be a bit more aggressive towards the end and make sure we got the undercut and then we could put some gap between us, which was crucial for us as we were quite tight in terms of fuel towards the end of the race. I think that was the best we could get today. Daniel just missed passing Fernando at the end unfortunately.”
Daniel Ricciardo, 6th
“That was awesome fun, one of my most enjoyable races I’ve had. I mean, not on the first lap, obviously, that was just the wrong place at the wrong time. I wasn’t as worse off as Massa and hopefully he is okay. 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. These are the moments and battles that I personally thrive off and enjoy. Fernando is known to be a tough racer 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!”
Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 track support leader
“Daniel was unlucky today at the start as he lost positions to avoid the accident and had to rebuild everything during the race. He’s done a fantastic job and was quick enough to come back to sixth. Seb had to fight all race to maintain position and he had a lot to do to manage energy and fuel consumption, but it worked fine. All went OK today reliability-wise, which is the first step. We still have a lot to do on performance to be able to reach the podium, but Hungary should suit us a lot better.”