On Sunday Nico Rosberg cruised to his first win in his home German Grand Prix and completed a memorable week
Lewis Hamilton charged up to finish third from 20th on the grid while pole sitter, cheered on by Germany World Cup winner Lukas Podolski in the Mercedes pits, extended his lead to 14 points.
Rosberg said, "It`s an amazing feeling to win at home. It`s a very special day."
Splitting the Mercedes men in second was the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton was only 1.8 seconds behind Bottas ahead of defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo, in the second Red Bull.
Rosberg completed the task in a comfortable 20.7 seconds ahead of the Finn at the end of an enthralling 67-laps contest.
I had great fun," said Hamilton.
"I did as good as I could. It was hard to get through the pack safely... it was hard to overtake so I`m glad to get some points today."
On one passing move Hamilton`s car clipped the McLaren belonging to Jenson Button.
"I had a little bit of a collision with Jenson," he reflected.
"I thought he was going to open the door which he has done a couple of times lately but that was my bad judgement," he added.
It was his fourth win of the season and the seventh of his career.