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Germany race analysis - Ferrari fast, but under fire 26 Jul 2010

Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director is grilled by the media after the race. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing; Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari and Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Williams on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010

Hockenheim was a weekend of extremes for Ferrari. They finally found the speed needed to beat Red Bull and rediscover winning-ways, but their much-needed one-two came at a price - $100,000 to be precise. The team insisted Fernando Alonso’s pass on Felipe Massa was not the result of team orders, but the stewards disagreed and now the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council must decide if the matter is taken further. While the result stands, however, it puts Alonso very much back in the hunt for a third drivers’ title, as his key rivals - unable to match the race pace of the two red cars - were left to conduct damage-limitation exercises. We take a team-by-team look at Sunday’s events in Germany…

Fernando Alonso, P1
Felipe Massa, P2

A great day for Ferrari, with their second one-two of the season, was spoiled by the post-race acrimony over the manner in which Massa let Alonso by, and the subsequent $100,000 fine from the FIA stewards for bringing the sport into disrepute. The result nevertheless puts Alonso back into the championship game, while Ferrari are stronger in third place in the constructors’ with 208 points.

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P3
Mark Webber, P6

Red Bull were well beaten by Ferrari, Vettel’s fastest lap notwithstanding. The German lost out at the start, and was never really able to match the red cars’ pace when it mattered. But third place was a strong damage limitation result that brought him equal on points with team mate Webber, who lost a place to Hamilton at the start and then had to ease back due to an oil consumption problem and could not better a sixth-place finish. Red Bull remain second to McLaren in the constructors’ standings.

Lewis Hamilton, P4
Jenson Button, P5

McLaren lacked the pace to run with either the Ferraris or Vettel’s Red Bull, but Hamilton was able to pass Webber’s RB6 on the opening lap and Button later jumped it in the pit stops. Fourth and fifth places maintained their respective positions at the top of the drivers’ championship table, and kept McLaren ahead of Red Bull in the constructors’, so things could have been a lot worse.

Robert Kubica, P7
Vitaly Petrov, P10

Renault expected a tough race, and they got it. Kubica did what he could with his recently nervous R30 to finish seventh after a good run ahead of the Mercedes, while Petrov did a long opening stint and was then able to bring his sister car home 10th for the final point.

Nico Rosberg, P8
Michael Schumacher, P9

Schumacher ran ahead of Rosberg until his pit stop, but a long run by the younger German saw him take over eighth place to finish just ahead of the veteran. Both, however, were lapped on Mercedes’ home ground as their MGP W01s lacked pure pace.

BMW Sauber
Kamui Kobayashi, P11
Pedro de la Rosa, P14

Pedro de la Rosa ran until the 51st lap on a set of prime Bridgestones, but dropped from seventh to 14th when he finally switched to the options. He was fighting back when Kovalainen shut the door on him as the BMW Sauber was lapping the Lotus, requiring the Spaniard to stop again for a new nose. He finished 14th, three places behind team mate Kamui Kobayashi who couldn’t quite get on terms with the Mercedes or Petrov’s Renault.

Rubens Barrichello, P12
Nico Hulkenberg, P13

Barrichello and Hulkenberg both made poor starts, and that really ruined their chances of scoring points. Hulkenberg did a great job running to the 34th lap on a set of soft option tyres, but still fell behind Barrichello as they finished feet apart in disappointing 12th and 13th places after starting eighth and 10th.

Toro Rosso
Jaime Alguersuari, P15
Sebastien Buemi, Retired lap one, collision

Alguersuari ran into the back of, and then over, Buemi’s sister car at the hairpin on the opening lap, removing its rear wing and damaging his own front. Buemi’s damage meant he was through for the day, but Alguersuari got going again and was able to climb to a 15th-place finish.

Force India
Vitantonio Liuzzi, P16
Adrian Sutil, P17

Sutil and Liuzzi collided on the opening lap, and when both pitted at the end of it they were each given one of the other’s tyres. That necessitated another stop three laps later, which killed their chances of points stone dead. Later, however, they were able to demonstrate good race pace, with Liuzzi setting the seventh fastest lap and Sutil the 10th, making it a weekend of what might have been. The team were subsequently reprimanded by the stewards for the tyre mix-up.

Timo Glock, P18
Lucas di Grassi, retired lap 51, suspension breakage

Glock got delayed at the start, but eventually came through to ‘win’ the newcomers’ class. Di Grassi, however, had been leading the class until a rear suspension wishbone broke in a fast corner.

Heikki Kovalainen, Retired lap 58, collision
Jarno Trulli, Retired lap 4, transmission

Trulli was in trouble very early on, with a gearbox problem that could not be reset in the pits. Kovalainen got into the newcomers’ class lead, but retired after sustaining damage when he accidentally closed the door on De la Rosa when he was being lapped.

Bruno Senna, P19
Sakon Yamamoto, Retired lap 20, mechanical

Senna relied on strong straight-line speed to stay ahead of Glock’s Virgin for a long time, but Yamamoto did not make the finish for reasons yet to be established.