’10 German Grand Prix – Sunday Race – Fernando ‘is faster’ Alonso leads home a Ferrari 1-2

Ferrari announced their revival with a one-two at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim as Fernando Alonso took victory with teammate Felipe Massa finishing 2nd. Sebastian Vettel finished 3rd from pole position with Lewis Hamilton finishing 4th and Jenson Button 5th. Mark Webber took 6th place ahead of Robert Kubica in 7th, Nico Rosberg in 8th, Michael Schumacher in 9th and Vitaly Petrov in 10th.

German Grand Prix Podium

But the victory will have a twinge of controversy in it as team orders – which are banned – might have come into play in deciding he outcome. Massa was leading the race after the first lap and despite Alonso’s attempts to string together a passing manoeuvre, Massa held fort. There’s no disputing that Alonso was quicker and the same was conveyed to Massa rather un-discreetly in lap 47, who “magnanimously” gave up his lead and settled for second place. I still think Alonso would have passed Massa on the track and all this needn’t happen…but the Ferrari hierarchy obviously didn’t want to wait and watch!

Half of the race outcome was decided at the start itself as pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel’s over-exuberance to hold off Fernando Alonso meant he had kept the door wide open going into turn one and Felipe Massa took full advantage of it and stormed into the lead. Alonso himself managed to outbrake Vettel into the second corner and halfway through the first lap, we had a Ferrari 1-2 at the head of the order. Down the order, Mark Webber had a bad start and dropped off behind both the McLarens – who themselves had a decent start and managed to hold position. Toro Rosso had a forgetful start as Jaime Algersuari barged into the back of teammate Sebastian Buemi into the hairpin and took off the rear wing off his car and that meant an early retirement for Buemi. Lotus’ Jarno Trulli was another early retirement with what looked like a driveshaft problem.

At the head of the order, Massa was leading Alonso with Vettel now slotting behind in third place with the two McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton & Mark Webber following in sixth place. The lead drivers had all started on soft tyres which were expected to last not more than 15-20 laps and the first of the pit-stops came right around that stage as first Vettel and then Alonso and pretty much the rest of the top six came into switch to the harder tyres. Jenson Button was one of the driver to stay out on the soft tyres but the late stop meant he lost his fourth position to Lewis Hamilton. Nico Hulkenberg was another driver to stay out on the soft tyres but his sole stop came too late to make any improvements.

Fernando Alonso & Felipe MassaFernando Alonso kept apace with Massa and even tried one or two passing moves right after Massa had made his tyre change but he couldn’t find a way past and had to hold station and even dropped 3 seconds behind him as he bided his time. The defining moment of the race, as well as Ferrari’s championship title challenge, came in lap 47 as Felipe Massa was discreetly told over the radio that “Alonso is faster than you” and I’m not sure if that meant team orders or not but Massa dropped off the throttle at the hairpin and Alonso moved past into the lead. After that move, Massa’s race engineer said “Good lad…sorry” on the radio and at the end of the race, team principal Stefano Domenicali chipped in with the word “magnanimous”.

Barring few passing moves – including one from Kubica on Schumacher, one from de la Rosa on Hulkenberg and the all-important Alonso on Massa – there was little tantalising action on track and though it wasn’t as processional as some of the earlier races of the season, it surely was spiced up a bit by the controversial passing move. There were just the five retirements – Sakon Yamamoto, Lucas di Grassi and Heikki Kovalainen joining the earlier retirees.

As it stands now, Lewis Hamilton still maintains his lead in the Drivers’ Championship by 14 points ahead of Jenson Button with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locked in third place on 136 points each. Fernando Alonso’s max points haul lifts him just 34 points behind Hamilton in the table. Over in the Constructors’ Championship, McLaren are at an even 300 with Red Bull on 272 and Ferrari on 208 points.

Whilst the aftermath of Silverstone was all about Red Bull’s favouritism, F1 leaves Hockenheim with Ferrari in the spotlight for having blatantly favoured one driver over another. Whether any action will be taken against them by the FIA remains to be seen but it definitely will remain a talking point – unless we get an even bigger one at Hungaroring next week.

5 thoughts on “’10 German Grand Prix – Sunday Race – Fernando ‘is faster’ Alonso leads home a Ferrari 1-2

  1. I had to comment on this race, but could not do it due to internet problems at home, better late than never.

    this is the best race of the season buddy, reminds me of Austria 2002 😉 I have been a big Ferrari fan since long but since this cry boy Alonso has been the “no 1” driver in Ferrari they suck. Yes Alonso is a better driver but Massa deserved this race. IMO Alonso should not have tried that overtaking move on Massa at all, after that the cry boy would have started asking the team manager to let him go ahead. It was a bad move on the Ferrari’s part to ask Massa’s race engg to tell Massa to slow down, the team manager should have done it.

    Anyways i felt this race to be somewhat interesting only due to this incident, or else races now a days have become so so so boring.

    • I respectfully disagree. Ferrari had every right to do what they did and just the manner in which they chose to do it irked many.

      Last year Brawn did something similar – change Button from a 3-stopper to a 2-stopper and that meant Barrichello was plonked down the order. They did that in the pits and not on-track but the end result was the same – the driver they wante dto win, ultimately won.

      Ppl. might say if alonso deserved a win, he should have tried overtaking Massa but if it weren’t for the Turkey-crash, I’m sure he would have gone for it. And given Massa is a pretty blatant-move-trier in the mould of his Guru Schumi! Remember Alonso’s overtaking move over Massa in Nurburgring 2007? Massa was such a cry-baby about it back then. The team did the sensible thing IMHO.

      Have u seen the movie Race? Saif tells Akshaye why he’s a winner….coz he thinks about ‘winning’ whereas the other thinks about ‘beating’. Alonso is one driver who always wants to win and he’s the best on the grid by far.

      • Oh so you think out of the box !!! OK may be Ferrari did the right thing “for Alonso’, but what about the spirit of the race? If the race can be controlled through team orders then what is the point of having good drivers? Anyways it was gonna be a Ferrari 1 2, then why let Alonso go ahead? Ferrari gets the same points either way, its just because of the cry boy Alonso, Massa had to give up what he deserved. Alonso would never have given up his position if he would have been in Massa’s shoes. If Alonso was a better driver he would have raced hard and got his respect as a better driver even if it meant not winning. Its not Massa but Alonso who is going to be the next Schumi, a lot of career wins but a very bad attitude.

        BTW I found race to be a bakwass movie, after all winning is not everything it is the spirit of sportsmanship that matters. We both have diametrically opposite taste when it comes to F1 races. I kinda like Sebastian and hate Alonso and you are quite the opposite. Thats good i am gonna comment on all your race posts and have a healthy discussion each time 😉

        • I have no doubt that if Massa was leading Alonso in the championship table and it was Alonso at the front of the pack, it would be Alonso who’d be asked to move over. Didn’t Kimi Raikkonen do the same in ’08 inspite of him being the faster of the two? This is a team which hasn’t had a pole position since 2008 and starved of a race win since Bahrain….and with Alonso being the leader in the WDC, wholly justified for him to take max points.

          Of course, Alonso being the winner that he is, wouldn’t have given up the lead but one never knows. Thoughts like “its the journey that matters, not the destination” or “upholding the spirit of the sport” etc are good on paper and on plaques and in dreary essays in exams. On track, winning is all that matters. Why do you think vettel and Webber had that crash? Why did Jenson go hammer and tongs at Lewis in the same race? I’m sure none of the 24 drivers on the grid would give up a race win just for “upholding the spirit of the sport”!

          What I feel is that ppl. who have an inherent dislike for Alonso tend to see things clouded. Same people would castigate someone like Gautam Gambhir if he ran out Sachin Tendulkar even if he was on 49 and Sachin on 20! (what a lame example, that 😛 )

  2. oops almost forgot did you see the post match press conf 🙂 the way the questions were hurled at Fernando made my day, Alonso literally ran away from the press conf. Rest of the season I am gonna say ‘GO SEBASTIAN GO” 🙂

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