It happened today

Hockenheim 2013, Alonso takes third victory of season

22 Jul 2013

On 22nd July 2013, Fernando Alonso won the German Grand Prix. The Hockenheim victory was his third and last of the season, after those in Sepang and Valencia. Having started from pole, the Spaniard defended his position with aplomb, as he came under attack, first from Vettel and then Button, with the help of an F2012 that was on top form.

President Luca di Montezemolo had every reason to be proud at what was a win that came with no ifs or buts. “At Hockenheim, in the country that is home to some of the world’s major motor manufacturers and that has a great Formula 1 tradition, a Ferrari finished first on track, yesterday in the wet and today in the dry.” It was a particularly symbolic win, although more for reasons outside of racing: at a time when the Old Continent was still enduring one of the most critical phases of the economic crisis, winning at the home of the major German car companies in the European nation with the most solid economy was a car built in an Italian factory, designed by a Greek engineer and driven by a Spaniard…