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Monday, July 26, 2010

Alonso leads Ferrari to a 1 - 2 Victory in the German GP

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Sebastien Vettel , the man on P1, suffered a slow start which turned out to be a boon for the two Ferrari's behind him. Alonso managed to retain second place despite futile attempts from Vettel to occupy the racing line, while Massa raced on to occupy a comfortable first place as they headed into turn 1. Micheal Schumacher , who lately has been struggling to find pace in the Mercedes , ended up in 8th place as he entered turn 1. An unfortunate collision between the two Torro Rosso drivers resulted in the retirement of Sebastien Buemi.

At about the sixteenth lap, the drivers started pitting mainly to switch onto the harder compound tires as there was still another 51 laps to go.

The most controversial moment of the race came on Lap 50, where in Rob Smedly indirectly hinted at Massa to give way to Fernando Alonso , who was really closing on him. This act which violated the rule stating that team orders as these can never be given to a driver , resulted in a fine of $100,000, albeit strict denials from Stefano Dominicalli and Robert Smedly that it was Massa who decided to give way and they did not order him to do so.

Jenson button pitted on lap 24 and came out ahead of Mark Webber. Nico Rosberg also pitted a lap later and came out in front of his team mate Schumacher in 8th.

It finally ended with Ferrari winning with a 1 - 2 which is the only 1 -2 since s Bahrain at the beginning of the season. All the drivers apart from the top six were lapped.

German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, 67 Laps
1. Alonso Ferrari 1h28:38.866

2. Massa Ferrari + 4.196

3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 5.121

4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 26.896

5. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 29.482

6. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 43.606

7. Kubica Renault + 1 lap

8. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap

9. Schumacher Mercedes + 1 lap

10. Petrov Renault + 1 lap

11. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap

12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap

13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap

14. De la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap

15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap

16. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps

17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps

18. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps

19. Senna HRT-Cosworth + 4 laps

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