Sunday's German Grand Prix was arguably the 2014 season's most thrilling round so far - certainly the most action-packed, with superb slo-mo replays bringing out the best of Formula 1 2014-style. Hockenheim's race featured overtaking up and down the order, with cars regularly battling into (and out of) corners three-abreast.
Lewis Hamilton fought his way to the podium from the back row for Mercedes, en route taking no prisoners, while Turn 1 spectators were treated to a spectacular but ultimately harmless barrel roll after Mercedes-powered pair Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen collided as the field funnelled into the first corner.
To crown it all, a German (Nico Rosberg), starting from pole position in a Mercedes, won the race to consolidate his grip on the title, while serial reigning champion Sebastian Vettel placed a fine fourth to finish as best non-Merc runner. All this within seven days of Germany's stunning success on FIFA's pitch.
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken