Nico Rosberg was quick to thank the German fans for their support at Hockenheim today as he stormed to his first victory on home soil ahead of Valtteri Bottas and championship rival Lewis Hamilton.
The German driver led every single lap of the race en route to victory, but, as he explained to Kai Ebel on the podium, it was not without its challenges.
With this win, Rosberg has extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 14 points over Hamilton, although it could have been far worse for Lewis had it not been for his titanic drive from 20th to third come the checkered flag.
The two Mercedes drivers are set to renew battle next weekend at the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix, in what will be the last race before the sport’s summer break.
After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.
Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.
Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:
BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.
CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10
Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.
TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.
QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.
Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.