Massa allows Alonso past to win German GP

The podium (L to R): second placed team mate Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari with race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 25 July 2010.

Race winner Fernando Alonso on the podium with second placed Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa

Jul.25 (Grand Prix 247) Apart from the start and half of the first lap the German Grand Prix, at Hockenheim. Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel, perhaps too intent on Fernando Alonso, duffed the start allowing Felipe Massa a clear run into Turn 1 to take the lead, Alonso tucked in to second and Vettel third. And that’s how it looked like staying until…

Start of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Start of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Lap 47 message to Massa: “OK, so, Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm that message?”
Lap 49 exiting the Turn 6 hairpin Massa exits slower than normal and Alonso gets past to take first place, the intentions were blatantly clear to all.
Lap 49 message to Massa: “Alright. Good one. Just stick with him now. Sorry.”
Slow down lap message to Massa: “Well done mate. Good lad. Felipe Massa is back, back in business. It was a great result and you were very, very, very magnanimous. You will have no idea what that word means, I will explain it to you later.”

(L to R): Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 with second placed team mate Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10 in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 25 July 2010.

Race winner Fernando Alonso with Ferrari second placed team mate Felipe Massa in parc ferme

Thus it ended with Alonso taking victory from his team mate Massa, followed by Vettel. Here was Ferrari’s heir to Michael Schumacher’s throne winning in his former nemesis’ home country – big deal, big celebrations you would think – not quite. The victory was hollow and Alonso’s body language and demeanour on the podium was a testament to this.

This one is by no means over and out, as the rules clearly state that team orders are not allowed. Watch this space…

Anyway back to the race…

Fourth and fifth were McLaren-Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button respectively, as Hamilton hit the nail on the head when observed before the race, “We are now the third best team.”

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 25 July 2010.

Lewis Hamilton leads McLaren Mercedes team mate Jenson Button

Button summed up the situation after the race, “Lewis and I showed today that we got the maximum out of the car – it’s just that the car isn’t quite quick enough at the moment.”

Red Bull’s Mark Webber finished sixth, the final driver on the same lap as Alonso, and perhaps his most subdued performance of the season.

Robert Kubica made the most of his Renault, which desperately lagging behind in the upgrades race, to finish seventh while his rookie team mate Vitaly Petrov took the final point in tenth. Kubica said, “I think we had a good weekend considering the car’s potential at this circuit.”

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 25 July 2010.

Michael Schumacher scored points at his home coming race

Sandwiched between the Renault pair were the two Silver Arrows with Nico Rosberg eighth and Michael Schumacher ninth. The seven times F1 World Champion back on home soil said of his race, “Of course I would have wished for more, especially as our race performance tends to be better than qualifying, but it did not work out. We will certainly not get nervous but we have to sit down, analyse the reasons and put the right solutions in place.”

Race Results – 25 July 2010

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time Grid Pts
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 67 Winner 2 25
2 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 67 +4.1 secs 3 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 67 +5.1 secs 1 15
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 67 +26.8 secs 6 12
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 67 +29.4 secs 5 10
6 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 67 +43.6 secs 4 8
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 66 +1 Lap 7 6
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 66 +1 Lap 9 4
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 66 +1 Lap 11 2
10 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 66 +1 Lap 13 1
11 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 12
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 8
13 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 10
14 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 14
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 15
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 65 +2 Laps 21
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 65 +2 Laps 19
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 64 +3 Laps 23
19 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 63 +4 Laps 20
Ret 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 56 +11 Laps 18
Ret 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 50 +17 Laps 24
Ret 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 19 +48 Laps 22
Ret 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 3 +64 Laps 17
Ret 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1 +66 Laps 16
  • Alastair

    I hope to wake up after a short nights sleep here in New Zealand to the news that Ferrari have been disqualified, too silly to disguise their team orders with the apologies and the stupid move by SD (can’t be bothered getting the spelling of his name) taking Alonso and Massa back up onto the podium, said it all!

  • Magnus Rubensson

    Now if McLaren had done this…

  • Bec

    Ferrari at it again.

    Proves that Ferrari should NOT be allowed to have extra cars on the grid as Montezemolo wants, as they would only use them to further manipulate the race results.

  • Bec

    Ferrari charged with bringing the sport into disrepute (again), and the case will also be referred to the FIA World Motorsport Council for further consideration.