Rosberg all set to keep Germany celebrating

Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:49am EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

HOCKENHEIM Germany (Reuters) - Mercedes' Nico Rosberg can keep Germany on a winning roll on Sunday by becoming the first German driver in the history of the Formula One world championship to win his home grand prix with a German car.

It has been 60 years since a Mercedes works team last won at home - and it was the late Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio they had to thank for that in 1954.

The historians would have to delve back to 1939, before the outbreak of World War Two, to find the last all-German home triumph - Rudolf Caracciola for Mercedes-Benz at the Nuerburgring.

Now, after Fangio's compatriots failed to deny Germany victory in last Sunday's World Cup final, Rosberg arrives at Hockenheim with the party well underway and fans keen to keep the beer flowing in the forest campsites as F1 reaches the halfway point in the season.

He has plenty to celebrate himself, having signed a new multi-year contract after getting married last week and, even if his team are British based, a win for the 'Silver Arrows' in Germany will be something special.

Rosberg knows he has a real chance, even if he may have lost some of the momentum after suffering his first retirement of the season in the previous race at Silverstone won by team mate Lewis Hamilton.

The German is still four points clear of the Briton and hungry for his first home win - if Monaco, where he grew up and lives, is excluded from the reckoning.

"I lost a lot of points and the championship battle is very close but I'm feeling good," he said this week.   Continued...

 
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates his pole position ahead of the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Race Circuit, central England, July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble