Fernando Alonso

German GP – Fourth for Alonso, Massa retires

Nurburg, 7 July – Scuderia Ferrari came away from the German Grand Prix with a fourth place, courtesy of Fernando Alonso, who ran a three stop race, before taking the chequered flag seven seconds behind the winner, Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa was forced to retire on lap 4 when he went off the track at the first corner. The team is currently investigating the cause of this incident that brought the Brazilian’s race to a premature end.

Alonso was on a different strategy to those around him on the grid, starting with the Medium tyres, making his first stop on lap 12. He then made up places after a low key start, managing to catch up to those battling for podium places. After a second stop on lap 24, again to fit Mediums, he finally switched to the Softs on lap 49, then putting in a series of very fast laps that nevertheless were not enough to give him third place, which eluded him by two seconds. Alonso leaves Germany still in second place in the Drivers’ classification, now on 123 points.

Race

Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
ALONSO 4th 1:41.22.432 + 7.721 60 1.33.468 51
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 12 New Medium
2nd stop Lap 24 New Medium
3rd stop Lap  49 New Soft
MASSA NC      5.01.075 DFN 37..111 1.38.890 3

Weather: air 25 °C, track 43/44 °C. Sunny

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 60 Winner 2 25
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 60 +1.0 secs 4 18
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 60 +5.8 secs 5 15
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 60 +7.7 secs 8 12
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 60 +26.9 secs 1 10
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 60 +27.9 secs 9 8
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 60 +37.5 secs 3 6
8 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 60 +38.3 secs 13 4
9 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 60 +46.8 secs 11 2
10 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 60 +49.8 secs 10 1
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 60 +53.7 secs 12
12 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 60 +56.9 secs 6
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 60 +57.7 secs 15
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 60 +60.1 secs 14
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 60 +61.9 secs 18
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 59 +1 Lap 17
17 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 59 +1 Lap 22
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 59 +1 Lap 20
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 21
Ret 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 22 +38 Laps 16
Ret 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 21 +39 Laps 19
Ret 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 3 +57 Laps 7
More