Alonso wins in Germany
Third win of the season

Fernando Alonso strengthened his lead in the Drivers Championship with by taking this third win of the season at Hockenheim.

He lead from pole position and was relatively unchallenged for the majority of the race.

He lead early from Sebastien Vettel, opening out a one second lead quickly to prevent the Red Bull from using his DRS.

In the early stages Jenson Button was recovering from a poor grid position. He passed both Michael Schumachers Mercedes and Nico Hulkenbergs Force India to take third place.

He remained third until the first round of pit stops. Button was in first for the medium tyre with Alonso and Vettel coming in one lap later. That was all it took for Button who was able to pass Vettel as the German left the pit lane.

That is how they ran until the penultimate lap. For a while tyre wear was becoming an issue, with all three drivers sliding across the track. Button was quite close to Alonso but slowly dropped back into the clutches of Vettel who made his move.

He passed Button around the outside at the hairpin, but ran off the track while completing the pass with all four wheels across the white line.

The stewards would take a dim view of this and issue Vettel with a twenty second penalty dropping him from the second he had just taken to fifth.

Button was promoted to second, with third now been taken by Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus who impressed along with the one stopping Saubers.

They finished fifth and sixth on the road, but Kobayashi was promoted to fourth due to Vettels penalty, Perez was not so luck and remained sixth.

Schumacher was the first drive who was on a three stop strategy, which appeared to be the wrong strategy although he did come charging back late on to claim seventh.

Mark Webber had a difficult day, starting eighth due to his grid penalty; he never made any progress and ended the day where he started it. Hulkenberg came home ninth; he started fourth but never had the pace to match the front runners and faded as the day went on.

The final point was claimed by Nico Rosberg, he was one of few drivers to start the race on the medium tyre, and his three stop strategy helped him through the field after his poor qualifying and grid penalty saw him start near the back.

Lewis Hamilton had a day to forget in his 100th Grand Prix start. Early on he suffered a puncture caused by running over carbon fibre from Felipie Massas front wing, which he last in a first corner clash. He had an influence on the race at the front later on, battling while a lap down with Alonso and Vettel, allowing Button to close in on both drivers, before becoming the races only retirement.

This win means that Alonso now holds a 34 point lead over Mark Webber in the championship, guaranteeing he will lead during the three week summer break after next weeks Hungarian Grand Prix.


Written: Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:32:44

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