Sunday, July 24, 2011


Hamilton with nice clean win in Nurburgring

Lewis Hamilton drove a faultless race to win an exciting German Grand Prix. When you listen advices from your team, and not drove like kamikaze, results are there. It`s very simple. Hamilton beat Mark Webber at the start od race, and then drove a controlled race to take victory, easing away from Fernando Alonso in the final stint having put an excellent move on the Ferrari around the outside of turn two as the top three exchanged the lead through the pit stops.

Even Hamilton is surprized with his controled agression:

"Driving lap after lap within tenths of each other was about real perfection and with my aggressive style, I felt the moves I made were some of the most precise I have pulled in a while. Being able to drive with your head all the time and getting it just right is massively satisfying. I was in a good space, and days like this pay off more than you could imagine."

"Every win is special, but with the emotion, effort and all the energy the team put into the car and the effort they put in, it just couldn't feel better. Coming into this weekend I said I would take it one race at a time. To win is massively positive for us, but there is a long way to go and it is about getting consistency. If I say something now it could be a disaster, as the next race is going to be very, very hard. We are back in the fight though, and I hope we can carry this forward and keep the momentum going."

The German Grand Prix; Nurburgring, Germany;
60 laps; 308.863km; Weather: Cloudy.

Pos    Driver                 Team                       Time
 1.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes           1h37:30.334
 2.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                    +     3.980
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault           +     9.788
 4.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault           +    47.921
 5.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                    +    52.252
 6.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +  1:26.208
 7.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                   +     1 lap
 8.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes                   +     1 lap
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
10.  Vitaly Petrov        Renault                    +     1 lap
11.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
12.  Jaime Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
13.  Paul Di Resta        Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
14.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
15.  Sebastien Buemi      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Heikki Kovalainen    Lotus-Renault              +    2 laps
17.  Timo Glock           Virgin-Cosworth            +    3 laps
18.  Jerom D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth            +    3 laps
19.  Daniel Ricciardo     HRT-Cosworth               +    3 laps
20.  Karun Chandhok       Lotus-Renault              +    4 laps

Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel, 1:34.587

Not classified:
Driver        Team                       On lap
Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth                 44
Button        McLaren-Mercedes             42
Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth            23
Heidfeld      Renault                      10

World Championship standings, round 10:                
Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel       216        1.  Red Bull-Renault          355
 2.  Webber       139        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          243
 3.  Hamilton     134        3.  Ferrari                   192
 4.  Alonso       130        4.  Mercedes                   78
 5.  Button       109        5.  Renault                    66
 6.  Massa         62        6.  Sauber-Ferrari             35
 7.  Rosberg       46        7.  Force India-Mercedes       20
 8.  Heidfeld      34        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         17
 9.  Schumacher    32        9.  Williams-Cosworth           4
10.  Petrov        32       
11.  Kobayashi     27       
12.  Sutil         18       
13.  Alguersuari    9       
14.  Perez          8       
15.  Buemi          8       
16.  Barrichello    4       
17.  Di Resta       2       
Sebastien Buemi will lose five places on the starting grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix after he was given a penalty at the Nurburging. The Toro Rosso driver was deemed to have caused an accident with Renault's Nick Heidfeld, after squeezing the German out of the track when approaching the chicane during the race.

Ferrari has confirmed that the FIA was able to extract the mandatory one litre of fuel required for post-race checks from Fernando Alonso's car after the race. Alonso was told to stop by the team on the slowing down lap because he was low on fuel - and if the minimum amount required could not be extracted then he could have risked disqualification from the event. The FIA also stated that Mark Webber would not face any sanctions for stopping on the return to the pits to pick Alonso up – even though it could have been viewed as a breach of the rule requiring cars to proceed directly to parc ferme.

Bruno Senna will return to grand prix action next weekend when he replaces Nick Heidfeld during the first practice session in Hungary.