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Rosberg wins home race as Bottas holds Hamilton off

An exciting race with a lot of overtaking saw both Mercedes strong, but with the gap in performance reduced a bit.
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20th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Nico Rosberg won his home race as teammate Lewis Hamilton stormed from the back of the field to third place.

Rosberg dominated the race from lights out to chequered flag and finished 20.7 seconds ahead of second place Valtteri Bottas. The German now leads the drivers’ championship by 14 points to Hamilton.

Bottas kept his second place starting position and fought hard to hold off Hamilton in the closing laps of the race. This is the Finn’s third podium finish in a row.

Hamilton pulled off a strong drive after starting 20th, due to a gearbox change, to finish on the podium.

The Brit was beginning to close in on Bottas at the end but was unable to make the move and finished third.

Sebastian Vettel outperformed teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time in a few races and crossed the line fourth.

Towards the end of the race we were treated to a gripping battle Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo.

In the end Alonso made the move stick and finished fifth with Ricciardo sixth.

Nico Hulkenberg continued his points finishing streak and finished seventh, picking up six points.

The McLaren’s finished two-by-two with Jenson Button eighth and Kevin Magnussen ninth.

Magnussen had a tough start after contact between him and Felipe Massa on the opening lap.

The Dane pitted and dropped down to the back of the pack and spent the rest of the race fighting his way back through the field.

Sergio Perez picked up the final point after finishing 10th.

For the second race in a row Kimi Raikkonen finished outside the points. The Finn crossed the line 11th.

Pastor Maldonado put in his second highest finish of the year and finished 12th.

Jean-Eric Vergne crossed the line 13th ahead of Esteban Gutierrez and Kamui Kobayashi.

Max Chilton finished 17th. At one point the Brit began closing in on Kobayashi but was unable to pass him.

Last across the line was Marcus Ericsson. The Swede started from the pit lane and was handed a 10 second stop-go penalty because the team broke parc ferme rules.

Adrian Sutil was the last retiree after suffering a sudden loss of power. The German spun and came to a halt on the start-finish straight.

Daniil Kvyat’s race came to a sudden stop on lap 46 when his car caught fire. The Russian parked the car in the run-off area at the hairpin and escaped safely.

Romain Grosjean pulled over on lap 28 reporting an issue with power.

For the second race in a row Massa retired on the opening lap. The Brazilian driver made contact with Magnussen, which resulted in his Williams being flipped over.

Massa got out of the car safely and the stewards decided that neither driver was at fault.

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