The Grand Prix Of Germany

Despite Red Bull’s best attempts at bending the rules and running an illegal engine map, it was another victory for Fernando Alonso at last weekend’s German Grand Prix.

The Formula 1 circus was at Hockenheim for the 10th round of the World Championship. McLaren were on hand with a number of visible changes to the MP4-27, including completely redesigned side pods. During a rain soaked qualifying, the McLarens struggled for grip, but the changes were evident on race day, with a resurgence from Jenson Button.

Lewis Hamilton didn’t fare so well, after a flat tire in lap 2, ultimately ended his race. But this came after Hamilton attempted to unlap himself by overtaking Sebastian Vettel, who was racing Alonso for the lead. At the time Button was struggling to keep up in 3rd, but Hamilton’s strategy worked brilliantly and gave his teammate the advantage, slowing Vettel’s pace.

The incident has been up for debate, but ultimately Hamilton was doing his job, racing. The grey area is whether he should’ve been able to use his DRS to overtake Vettel, since he was a lap down. It was a smart strategy, from a team perspective and ultimately aided Button towards a podium finish. Vettel and Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner were quick to slam Hamilton in the media, following the race. It’s all part of a bigger trend we’ve seen lately with Vettel and his unwillingness to accept his circumstances and Red Bull’s pace. His frustration came to a head in the final laps of Sunday’s race, as he overtook Button off the track, to finish 2nd overall.

Following the race, television viewers were treated to some behind the scenes footage, where Button informed Vettel the race stewards were reviewing the pass. Vettel was quick to deny any wrongdoing, claiming he couldn’t see Button and was leaving him room. Anyone who saw the race on TV, was calling bullshit on Vettel. Following the trophy presentation, F1 veteran Nikki Lauda was on hand for driver interviews. You could cut the awkwardness with a knife as Vettel lied to his home fans, claiming Button had “not said” anything to him, about the controversial pass. Button thanked the fans and neglected to comment, a smart move. Ultimately Vettel was given a drive through penalty, which became a 20 second penalty since the race had ended. This put him back in 5th place to end the weekend. With Alonso 1st, Button would be 2nd and Kimi Raikkonen taking over 3rd.

I’ll end things with this great picture. With the drivers constantly having to put on a show for the press and sponsors, it’s nice to see them acting normal once in a while. What’s up with Alonso and Hamilton though? They’re like best friends lately.

The Grand Prix of Hungary is this weekend, stay tuned.

Photos courtesy of F1 Fanatic.

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2 comments

  1. Hamilton did nothing wrong in my opinion.

    More than JB’s driving, I was blown away by McLaren’s 2 second stop. So much for pit stop troubles.

    Vettel made a bad decision, he really wants to get back in the title hunt.

    Webber’s gearbox problem screwed him for the race. Alonso winning didn’t help either. He is just running away from the pack right now. I hope Karthekayan crashes into Alonso taking him out of the race…

    I think Lotus is overdue for a win and it might happen in Hungary with the double DRS. Sauber is still impressive and have a legitimate shot as well. Williams has stayed the same and Merc fell off.

    1. I thought there was nothing strange about Hamilton trying to unlap himself. It was obvious how much fun he was having with Alonso, even though he was so far behind. That love of wheel to wheel racing is something I have yet to see from Vettel.

      The 2.3 second stop was absurdly fast. It almost looked like the car never finished being jacked up before it was being let down and out of the pits again. It’s the least McLaren can do for their drivers after horrid start to the season.

      I was disappointed in Webber’s race, but he had the penalty and there was just no opportunity for him to catch up. I appreciate that Alonso is winning races by good driving. Ferrari’s strategy hasn’t been the greatest this season, but he’s prevailed. However, I would like to to see things get mixed up again. Lotus needs a win and you’re right, Mercedes have fallen off.

      Vettel can’t stand losing, but what makes him any different than all of the other drivers who have had to overcome the same hurdles? He’s not making a very good case for being mentally tough. I think that’s one of the hazards of being a champion so early in one’s career. You never pay your dues long enough to truly appreciate it.

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