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Hi there welcome to a chance to reflect on the 2011 German Grand
Prix from the Nurburgring. Here at the the circuit which is the second
highest on the Formula One calendar, the weather is unpredictable. It
has been an unpredictable season apart from the man at the front.
Sebastian Vettel has been leading and all the others have been
fighting it for second place. Mark Webber occupies that spot at the
Webber occupies that spot at the moment. This is how things looked
in the constructor's Championship. So all the action coming your way,
but first here is Leigh with what happened in a dramatic qualifying
session. Sebastian Vettel has dominated qualifying this season x
-- but could he do it in front of his home crowd. First German out
was Timo Glock who made hids thoughts clear -- his thoughts
clear do his Virgin team. It is so difficult to drive. Paul di Resta
has outqualified his team mate this season, yesterday, Adrian Sutil was
too quick. But Paul di Resta thinks force India's policy hampered his
performance. It is Force India's policy, the management have taken
that decision. Ace said yesterday, it was closer, but it has done me
damage. I will need to tray and go for it in the race. Ferrari and
Fernando Alonso had been fighting at the front all weekend and looked
likely to challenge for pole. But far from being disappointed,
Fernando Alonso said he was where he expected to be. I don't know why
you're disappointed with our performance, but the practice is
practice, qualifying is when everyone shows the potential.
was mixed fortunes for McLaren, Jenson Button hated to /- had to
pull out of his final lap. Strange we can't find the grip out there.
To be in seventh is surprising. Also to be 1.1 seconds belandlady
Lewis, something is not quite right. -- behind Lewis, something is not
quite right. But Lewis Hamilton battled hard and ended up just five
hundredth of a second off pole. was as perfect as I could do it. I
don't know how I could make it more perfect. It was one of best lapse I
have done NQ3 usually your first lap is good and to g back out, you
go beyond the limit and usually go slower. But I went four tenths
faster. I don't know where I found that. That left two, the charging
Red Bulls. One German who would love to win his Grand Prix and an
Australian who has previously tamed the Nurburgring and wouldn't mind
spoiling the party again. Vob put in an electrifying lap, leaving
Sebastian Vettel to settle for third. I'm not disappointed, we had
a tricky day yesterday, and I wasn't quite happy with the balance.
I think we did a good job to come back. I was faeling more come
forable today. I was happy with my last lap. We made a change across
Q2 into Q36789 the engineers did a sensational job and the polis for
them. I wouldn't have got that without the adjustments to the car.
So Mark Webber starts at the the front for the third time this year,
with Lewis Hamilton alongside. The Ferraris are fourth and fifth with
Jenson Button pus puzzled with his lack of speed in seventh. Paul di
Resta is 12th with the Williams beHein. Sebastien Buemi qualified
16th, but moves to the back of the grid after a fuel sample didn't
match the bun to the FIA. Karun Chandhock is in for Jarno Trulli
for his Grand Prix and Vitantonio Liuzzi starts in 23rd. MARTIN
BRUNDLE: Round ten of the Formula One Championship. Six German
drivers, a quarter of this grid, all hoping for home glory. The
lights have been on for three and a half seconds for all of the support
races. And they come on one at a time. There they're. Four, five one,
two three and a half, go! The German Grand Prix is under way. It
is neck and neck, but Lewis Hamilton in the second face of the
-- phase of the start takes the lead. Mark Webber nit -- in a
Ferrari sandwich. Fernando Alonso is ahead of Mark Webber. Lewis
Hamilton leads from Sebastian Vettel. Sorry Lewis Hamilton leads
from Mark Webber. Then Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg is in there as well.
Fernando Alonso will not yield. There is a spinner at the back.
That is at turn three. Who was that? A lot going on in the
background. There then is Jenson Button up the inside of Michael
Schumacher. So another poor getaway for Jenson Button. He has lost
places off the grid and Lewis Hamilton leads from Mark Webber,
Fernando Alonso. It may have been Paul di Resta that had the spin.
I'm looking at the track map. We have Heidfeld and Paul di Resta.
the back, Michael Schumacher in the thick of the traffic and so we
think that Fernando Alonso is between the two Red Bulls still.
Lewis Hamilton from Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel.
And we're watching the midfield. There is Rubens Barrichello in
front of Kobayashi. That is for eleventh and 12th. Look at the lead
that Lewis Hamilton has got from Mark Webber and then Fernando
Alonso and then Sebastian Vettel, Rosberg, Massa, Sutil, Michael
Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Kobayashi, Pastor Maldonado. And
that takes us down to 13th place. Lewis Hamilton will lead at the end
of the first lap. It is 60 laps for the Grand Prix. And down into the
heavy brake zone for turn one they file. In a long line. 24 hours
still running. But Heidfeld and Paul di Resta right at the back.
There must have been contact with them. There then is Fernando Alonso.
Off the race track. Into turn three, he has been passed by Sebastian
Vettel. He is on the kerb on that long turn two. He lost the back end,
but plenty of tarmac to regain position. Thrill with be some
choice words in that cockpit. He has released Sebastian Vettel.
Rosberg is right in there as well. Adrian Sutil looking handy in
seventh. Michael Schumacher then has passed eepast Petrov on this
lap. I hope we will get a replay of that. You see the winners of the
start, Button down three places. Michael Schumacher has been a
mighty starter this year and there is Jenson Button, still down in
tenth place. Here is a replay of the start. Holding constant RPM,
start toos drop his RPM, Mark did a terrible start. He lost auto
control the longer he held position. The revs just faded away as the
moment came. I wonder if the clutch was starting to bite. Here is
Fernando Alonso. You can see the smoke coming off the tyres of Lewis
Hamilton. And that second phase, that Lewis Hamilton just flew and
then Fernando Alonso looking for the inside. We see Sebastian Vettel
locking up and the droppaway in turn one. Fernando Alonso lock up
as well, but keeping the position. Brave stuff from Fernando Alonso he
could have lost his nose. It almost like he hit the limiter before he
moved into second. Felipe Massa had a flaying start, but he had nowhere
to go and oh so close for Sebastian Vettel. Let's see if we can see, if
we follow this cam ra, hopefully, what happened later on. That is
then getting on to the water. That is sitting in the carpeted area to
dissuade the drivers from rung wide. That is where Fernando Alonso lost
third place. Sebastian Vettel has done the fastest lap of the race.
He is dealing with a lot of understeer in the Ferrari. Could be
a combination of heavy fuel, or just struggling to get tyre
temperature. Sebastian Vettel that he tenths of second faster than
Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. have got once again Lewis Hamilton
banging in these first sectors. Again four tenths quicker than Red
Bulls. We saw from qualifying, he has such a good front end on that
McLaren. The first sector is all about front grip. You're 0.3
seconds quicker. Let's get past him. Unless he will ruin our race.
does not sound like an option that. Sounds like a firm instruction.
Fernando Alonso into turn one. He has made it and he has been quick.
That is not a DRS thing, is a -- that is a pure overtake. Sebastian
Vettel has been wearing a heavy demeanor, an unhappy face all
weekend. He has not looked as confident as he has so far this
season. What would be interesting, if we could see the use of KERS.
Wouldn't be surprised if Fernando Alonso used all his KERS into that
first corner. He is confident with the brakes. That is the sort of
thing we will see Felipe Massa try to do on Nico Rosberg. That was
extraordinary how behind he was. Maybe he gave ate full punch of
KERS. But he is still darting around. It was a bold move from
Fernando and almost caught Sebastian Vettel out. Lens lops
then up into third. -- -- Fernando Alonso up into third place. Jenson
Button's weekend is going from bad to worse. And Perez has pitted for
Sauber. He is normally the man that never wants to come in the pits. He
runs all day on the same tyres. It pays him dividends. But he has been
off the track and continued at turn ten. Maybe he has put a flat spot
into those tyres. We can't see from here. But a word on Jenson Button.
From McLaren. There noise issues with his car. We will see a --
there is no issues with the car. We can see the battle behind. That is
Paul di Resta getting down the inside. Inside Heikki Kovalinan.
That is a straight forward pass, like taking candy from a kid.
Perez, we saw a horrible flat spot. That is the reigning watch yon,
Sebastian Vettel, he has lost seven seconds in the middle sector.
Rosberg must be all over. And there he is. There is Sebastian Vettel.
Now having Rosberg for company, along with Felipe Massa. Sebastian
Vettel has made an error at turn ten. That is the chicane at the top
of the hill. And what is going wrong with the man who could make
no mistakes, who was unbeatable in teams of pace and consis tenty si.
-- consistency. He gets on the white line. That is a mistake from
Sebastian Vettel. The one rule on a damp track, is don't touch the
white lines. Fernando Alonso gets away with it. T but he gets right
on to the artificial grass where the water is and he will have flat
spots. He will be struggling to vision for his braking points with
the vibration he will have. We have Heidfeld off the road. Mr Reliable
has crashed. He is normally the man that finishes race after race.
Somewhere near the points. And that, he has had, that is clearly contact
with somebody else. That remind me of an didn't -- that reminds me of
an incidents I had with Fernando Alonso many many years ago. That
was nasty. That is a case of Sebastien Buemi not being aware of
where the other car. Heidfeld was entitled to put his car there.
Heidfeld coming back through the field. That was like you and
Fernando Alonso, except you didn't touch. That almost look like it us
fast forward. That is a scary incident. If you looked at
Sebastien Buemi, he was looking left in his mirror and he couldn't
see Heidfeld and moved over. He the track. Nick Heidfeld was given
a drive-through penalty for causing a collision. That was with Paul di
Resta, at the start of the race. He will be suspended. Some he is out
of his home Grand Prix. Massa is in position to get back now. Paul di
Resta -- Nico Rosberg will be doing the same thing, this is a battle of
aerodynamic drag and horsepower. Massa says, I have got it this time.
They will be saying on the radio, well done, son! The collision...
Nick Heidfeld is under two incidents being investigated. This
is a replay of Massa he got himself into the right track position. He
would not be intimidated and I do not know if they quite touch but
Massow takes that position. It will be -- if Felipe Massa. He is 13
seconds from the lead in fourth place. Mark Webber half a second
behind Lewis Hamilton. Your pace is still very good, the gaps are not
opening up quickly behind us, so keep looking after the tyres.
has gone too deep! Mark Webber will come through here. Lewis tries to
defend against it. Out of shape on the apex. Lewis is back and he
comes up the inside using the extra straight lines! That is just pure
speed! And Alonso watching closely. He must be loving seeing that go on.
Hamilton is back in the lead, he never wants to give up, just like
in Istanbul when him and Jenson Button were trading places. When he
is overtaken, he sees that as another opportunity to overtake.
That is fantastic. I thought he was too late at the last corner but he
was using that as an opportunity to pass. I wondered if he went to deep
into the chicane. Those transmissions on normally delayed
but he is often asleep absolutely on the edge of what that car will
do at the moment -- he is obviously absolutely. Lewis Hamilton get wide
on the first apex and that allows Mark Webber a clean run into the
turn. He uses a 10 kilometre or an hour speed advantage McLaren has. -
- 10 kilometre or an hour. opportunist driving again from
Hamilton but Mark Webber is still on top of him. And the Ferrari will
also be able to use that BRS down the back straight into the chicane.
-- DRS. And you cannot help but think they have more pace than
Hamilton. Mark Webber has track position still but is very date --
but is very wide indeed! It is now a one so he will have better
acceleration. Going up -- it is now Fernando Alonso has. Virtually
guaranteed contact driving into an -- driving into a wedge that will
disappear. He must think he can win this race. He has seen Mark Webber
battling with Lewis Hamilton and overheating his tyres. He has been
drifting it into ten macro 7. -- turn 7. Tyres soon, I think he said.
Meanwhile, at Felipe Massa is the fastest man on the track. Another
great fight going on, Sebastian Vettel holding off the second
Ferrari of Felipe Massa. And we are in lap 14 of the 60 lap race. They
have their wings wide open but are not that close to Hamilton. It
difficult breaking his own. If you break five metres too early, if you
give up seconds. Too late and you will sale of the race track. -- you
will sail away from the race track. Tie is being prepared for a Red
Bull driver. Mark Webber has pitted. No new tyres, at no new soft tyres
available. And can he gets out in front of the fight between
Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa? Nico Rosberg has pitted. Mark
Webber is now in traffic so that has not worked well in that respect.
Let's see if he can clear that Force India of Adrian Sutil to get
back into play quickly. He is trying to get full use of the new
tyres but is sitting in traffic at the moment. Still trying to make
his way past the Renault of Vitaly Petrov. I have seen a few drivers
in the support race go round the outside of that corner and make-up
some ground. Jenson Button getting increasingly frustrated I imagine
in tenth place, just Clear off Kamui Kobayashi, but miles of the
leader's pace. -- just clear. Mack this is Felipe Massa or on
Sebastian Vettel. He is hesitant but he makes it and makes the
second apex. And Mark Webber has gone down the outside, Sebastian
Vettel has gone into the pit, half- hearted stab my Lewis Hamilton has
done his pit stop and it will be a race. We have got Felipe Massa at
and Mark Webber! Mark Webber needs to make sure he does not damage his
car because he now has track position on Lewis Hamilton. And
Fernando Alonso. Felipe Massa right in the thick of the action but has
yet to make his pit stop. So the under car worked for Mark Webber.
Crucially past Adrian Sutil, he used the grip of the fresh tyre --
tyre. And he found himself some extra tax base. And he is now in
second place a. For Felipe Massa could be used strategically to help
Fernando Alonso. I do not see mechanics yet but keep an eye on
that, beneath a 15 second warning. It will be somewhere round the back
straight. Mark Webber has got fresher tyres. The Ferrari has the
straight-line speed, I do not see any Ferrari mechanics in the pit
lane so Felipe Massa will see out another lap. He has better
acceleration, but Mark Webber will lead a lap of this Grand Prix
because Felipe Massa is going to pit. And this will be fascinating
out to sea if he can pull away and create a lead while these two of
fighting. Look at the confidence Alonso has underbraking. And it
looks as though it is starting to rain. Confidence in the Ferrari
mechanics who did not come out into the pit lane until Fernando Alonso
had entered the beginning of the pit lane. We did not see that. And
look, at Mark Webber making space between him and Hamilton and
Fernando Alonso. And we are on the 18. -- turn 18. And we can see
Sebastian Vettel back on the racetrack. He has come back behind
Felipe Massa. He has just come out of the pits so Sebastian Vettel has
lost track position. So they have both pitted and it goes from bad to
worse for the World Championship leader. He is now effectively in
fifth place. There are other cars to have yet to pit between them. --
who have yet. That is a replay of how it kicked off after the pit
stop. Mark Webber has already made his stop, Felipe Massa has not. And
this is how it looked. You are not allowed to cross the line coming
out of the pit, you can cross the line into the pit lane when you
watch on the racetrack and they nearly met in the middle. Four --
when you on the track. Four drivers at different speeds. Michael
Schumacher has born the car! -- has spun round the car! And Jenson
Button has not stopped yet. He is stopping on lap 25, so it will be
interesting to see how that compares to the others. Jenson
Button ties to slow the car down. - - tries to. And their rather
mechanics. The last time he pitted in a Grand Prix the right front did
not really go on. It is sweet as you like this time, and await those
Jenson Button and let's see if he can recover his afternoon having
lost time between Vitaly Petrov and early on. Adrian Sutil just ahead
of him and ahead of Michael Schumacher, who is leading that
train with Kamui Kobayashi behind him, Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov
further back. Mark Webber is going to pit from the lead. They really
stand these tyres up. They used -- they lean in at the top much less
than I am used to seeing on Formula One tyres, it is to protect the
Pirellis overheating on the inside shoulder. And we can see Karun
Chandhok in the far chicane, spinning. 8 and 9. And not for the
first time this weekend. A gravel track you can drive out of his
rubbish! -- is rubbish. Hamilton leads the race. McLaren on out for
Lewis Hamilton. Just inside that Orange bollard. Fernando Alonso,
the win at Silverstone, will come through and lead this Grand Prix as
Hamilton pickeds. Interesting now. Mark Webber has Heikki Kovalainen
in front of him. I think Hamilton is going to do it. Mark Webber
crosses the finish line. Wearer is he? He has done it, Hamilton has
done it and is back in the lead. With traffic, it has helped. Canon
Webber go out on the outside and reclaim that lead? -- can. He says,
no way, get out of my way! Smoke coming out of the back of the
McLaren. That does not look healthy. Has he throttled on? Normally you
get over fell at the start of a Grand Prix with smoke like that, I
hope that is not the first sign of it problems. -- over Phil. We are
so used to these cars being bought prove, reliability wise. -- but
preferred. This is a replay of button down the inside of Adrian
Sutil. So he is on the march, and this is where there. -- Mark Webber.
The Astroturf is full of water Hamilton just putting out a bit of
blue smoke as Fernando Alonso pits from the lead for the second time
this afternoon. This will be close. Lewis Hamilton leads Mark Webber
over the line and there they're in the background and Fernando Alonso
gets up to speed. What is going on? How does that work? Normally you
get the undercut with the fresh tyre. Now we have seen it not
working twice. He is round the outside. He will make this one
stick. Fernando Alonso was caught napping. Completely, Lewis Hamilton
drives clean around the outside and steals that lead back. And at
brilliant move from Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso just didn't cover
it off. Lewis Hamilton is in permanent attack mode. It was like
Fernando Alonso is, yes, I have got the lead, well done boys and then
forgot that Lewis Hamilton could carry that fresh heat he has in his
new tyres. Lewis Hamilton does a new fastest lap of the race. We
will see that sensational move. Fernando Alonso has gone wide and
doesn't cover off the outside of two. That was the point where Lewis
Hamilton was slapping Mark Webber off the track. Fernando Alonso
didn't try anything of the sort and the McLaren boys are enjoying that.
Button then tries to go down the outside of Nico Rosberg for sixth
place. Rosberg parks his car well. Can he get on the KERS and get up
the inside? He can't, but he should get a nice slip stream down the pit
straight. We know McLaren is fast. They have both got Mercedes engines.
Rosberg parks it on the inside. Look at the speed of the Mercedes.
Mercedes versus the McLaren. He has gone too dee. Button takes the
position. He is up to sixth. Next target is Sebastian Vettel who is
still lapping some one second, 1.2 off the pace. So he might be meat
for Button to chase after. Lewis Hamilton then leads by 2.4. Four
secondss -- seconds covers the top three. Well Nico Rosberg just on
the inside, the dustier line. Locks off that inside front and you
reduce your potential braking by 25%. And it was just no option for
him but to try and reduce. You see the onboard of Mark Webber in the
braking phase. Just getting a bit messy. He has already taken a
ppblty for lawsing time. -- penalty for losing time. Lewis Hamilton has
done another fastest lap of 35.0. And is that Jenson Button missed a
chicane? He has got a problem. Jensen we need to box this lap. We
have to retire the car. We have a hydraulics problem. And of course
the hydraulics work many things on the car. Engine, gear box, throttle.
Everything controlled by that. a shame. It was a great come back
by Jenson Button. An awful start again. We has got to get the start
sorted out. But then he was driving nicely. Sebastian Vettel in for his
stop. I thought he had lost out and stalled. But let's see what that
pit stop time was. He has put the soft tyre on. We should get a time
as he leaves the pit lane. He then should be able to clear. It is 3.1.
It was a good stop. I wonder if he got away that quickly? I don't
think Heikki Kovalinan will want to attack him too hard. Heikki
Kovalinan is 16th, leading the newer teams. Vitantonio Liuzzi has
retired and Michael Schumacher trying not to lose another front
wing, as he is up there against the Toro Rosso right into the final
corner. It is Jaime Alguersuari. Perez is in front of them. What can
Michael Schumacher do? Jaime Alguersuari is watching him.
Michael Schumacher does the dummy dive and into what is a nice wide
piece of track and with equal grip all the way, it is a great
overtaking place is turn one at the Nurburgring. Wherever the other guy
decides to defend, I nearly said offend, but this a sometimes what
they do, then you can go the other side. But feisty driving from
Michael. It is a pity he had that spin. He was right there with
Rosberg. He is a chance to see the maestro giving it the dummy and
down into the first corner. As that happens, we have Felipe Massa in
for his second stop of the afternoon. He was in fourth place.
What is the gap? It is to cover Sebastian Vettel. There we have
Sebastian Vettel in the background. He has managed to make it stick.
3.2 stop. What is going on there? So Felipe Massa with track position
and Sebastian Vettel was close behaind him before the stops. And
remains so. But he might have a chance while Massa just finds his
way on a fresh set of boots. And Sebastian Vettel so much quicker
out of the corners. But he can't afford even a fifth place for
Sebastian Vettel would be better than losing a front corner and
dropping out of Grand Prix. If he is in the first two today,
Sebastian Vettel, it would be a new record of ten consecutive firstor
seconds at the start of a Grand Prix season. Now it is not looking
likely. He is 43 second off the lead. The lead is held by Lewis
Hamilton. He is 3.4 ahead of Fernando Alonso now. He is still
pumping the laps in. 8.7 airhead of Mark Webber. He has been so much
faster in is in phase of the Grand Prix. They're about 20 seconds
clear of, at least 20 seconds clear of Felipe Massa and Sebastian
Vettel. They have all stopped once up to Adrian Sutil. Or stopped
twice I up to Adrian Sutil in sixth. And Sebastian Vettel locks his left
front again. Goes through escape road and he will have to yield and
let Massa through. When have we seen this many mistakes from
Sebastian Vettel? Not for a long time. Maybe in his first year when
he was a Toro Rosso new boy. We have lost four runners. The fourth
retirement was Jenson Button. And and we found him. It is so
disappointing to keep talking to you during races. What happened?
The first lap I had a terrible first lap. I don't know where I
endeded up and I couldn't get past Petrov. I did and then I got past
the next twot guys and the pace wurz good, compared to the guys in
front, Massa and Sebastian Vettel, so it was looking exciting and then
we had a hydraulic issue and I had to retire the car on safety grounds.
You never know what can happen with lie drawlics, the steering is high
drulic - ehydraulic. You Could you have caught the guys in front. What
are the conditions like there. There is a lack of grip? Yes, the
first three no chance. But the next two, it was looking good. Adrian
Sutil, who I passed before I passed Rosberg is catching Massa and
Sebastian Vettel now. So we would have had a good race. We wouldn't
have been in the top three, but fourth was possible. I was enjoying
mie. What do you do now? I want to get warm and see what Lu wis --
Lewis can do. I had some spicy sausage before I came out. I don't
feel cold. That what Jenson Button needs a bit of... Don't say it.
Michael Schumacher at up the inside of Petrov and they both fail the
make the chicane. What are the stewards going to think about that.
Vitaly will need to give Mike it will place back. He goes wide. He
will have to let Michael take the place. He has gain and advantage by
not taking the corner. I agree with you. Whether he does is another
matter. It is irrelevant any way. Michael Schumacher takes the place.
Mark Webber's the fastest man in the Grand Prix in the middle sector
and he is 8.3 second off the lead. Lament's gap beginning to come down
now. Down to 2.9 seconds. Fernando Alonso getting back on the charge.
Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel 1.2 seconds apart. Michael
Schumacher has track position. But in a -- there is a Mercedes in the
way. They have come together a few times this year. Michael not doing
his tyre any good. He will have a flat spot. Tyres starting to go off.
And McLaren are in the pit lane. Lewis Hamilton is coming in.
lead er pits. Petrov is still doing faster first sector on these medium
compound slower tyres that they are obliged to use. If not, they will
get a half a minute penalty at the end. They're new as well. That is
is another difference. None of the key runners had any new soft tyres.
A 3.7 second stop. Not one of the fastest. But it is about getting
out and nailing the out lap for Lewis Hamilton. He had 2.7 seconds
lead. A distifrpbgt tinge tifr colour change for the --
distinctive colour change for the tyres. Now we know which three will
be on the podium, bar any incidents. Ferrari will respond to that move
by Lewis Hamilton. He said the tyres were going and he reacted
instantly and came into the pit lane. And we watch him down into
the turn seven hairpin. Paul di Resta is up into ninth. He has got
to stop again for another set of tyres. Fernando Alonso then leads
the Grand Prix. For the second time this afternoon. What can he do?
Does he -- does he pit? No he is happy with his tyres. The Ferrari
mechanics are out with the tyres. They going back into the garage.
There has been seem communication issues. The tyres are out of
blankets, Fernando Alonso is seven tenths quicker in the mid sector.
Do you think they are gauging this sector by sector? And Mark Webber's
flying now. Are they going to punish McLaren for that early stop,
or was ate smart move that will make the difference? We don't know.
We're about the find out in the closing stages of this race. We
have got to watch it almost corner by corner. There is enough grip in
sector one, but not in the middle part of lap. He lost the time in
the second sector. So we need a good lap now. Crucially for
Fernando Alonso he was able to get the advantage of seeing what Lewis
Hamilton could do. He won't be penalised by the fact that they
have brought the tyres out early, because they have two new set and
they will simply bring out the other set. Good thinking! While
they're gaining sector time on Lewis Hamilton, they won't pit.
There is no need to. And the same or the Mark Webber -- and the same
for Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso had traffic, did that matter?
he lost to Mark Webber. He has lost a lot of ground. And he pits.
Fernando Alonso pipts, having had a difficult in-lap thra. Plays into
the hands of Lewis Hamilton. I wonder why, if Fernando Alonso
might stay longer. Mark Webber carries on. He has done a 1.34.9.
If he can keep pumping in that lap time. We wait for Lewis Hamilton to
deliver his first full flying lap. There he is in the back ground. The
only McLaren in this race and it is Lewis Hamilton. And he regains the
position after a 3.2 second stop and Lewis Hamilton knows where the
grip is on the tyres. Fernando Alonso has got to go and find out.
And now it about what Mark Webber can do. Lewis Hamilton has done a
1.34.8. His fastest of the Grand Prix on the prime tyre. Mark Webber
will have to pit on that. Unless he thinks he has got more speed in the
clear air. This is Sebastian Vettel still trying to pass Felipe Massa
for fourth. There is not even a tenth of a second between them.
Mark Webber has to respond this lap. He is half a second slower in the
first sector. You join the battle here. The soft tyres are wearing
out. Such that it is better to take the slower but new tyre. That
moment has arrived. Mark Webber has clan dock in front of him and he --
Chandhock in front of him and these two are still yet to come in for a
is half a second quicker on this lap. -- on this lap. Mark Webber is
too slow and has more traffic now with Nico Rosberg. It is a lapping
situation. Nico Rosberg get out of the way, it is not working. Red
Bull have nothing to lose, they were third out of free and thought
they might take a different route but it has not worked out, he is
not fast enough -- out of freefall stop Hamilton does another personal
best lap. The fastest still belongs to Sebastian Vettel. And that is
Felipe Massa. And Mark Webber is going to pit from the lead. Four to
go including this. Hamilton takes over the lead. He is 2.9 seconds
clear. We have not seen the pit stop yet from Mark Webber but he is
comfortably behind Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Nobody else on
track apart from Jerome d'Ambrosio that he needs to clear. So now they
are quite spread out. Top three still pretty much in view in one of
the Straits. And this is all about fourth place, who will blink first?
Master and Sebastian Vettel have to pit again before the end of the
Grand Prix -- Felipe Massa. have the Ferrari mechanics
lingering around the pit stop box and cannot tell when they are
coming out. They are coming out now. The opposite of Felipe Massa, this
lap now. It did not happen, they missed it. He says if he goes in
stay out and vice versa, but he did not. So they will probably follow
each other in. You pass the finish line to come into the pit play
macro here, Michael Schumacher did that at Silverstone in the 1990s --
in the pit lane here. Ferrari are further down the pit line than that
Red Bull so Ferrari have the advantage. So technically, Felipe
Massa does need to get his car out in front of Sebastian Vettel.
a pit stop grace. -- race. And they both have to pit. They are both
driving the wheels of those things. The Lotus tyres need a new set, but
these have yellow markings, they need tyres with white markings to
avoid a penalty. And they have to do it at the end of this lap, they
have to put this time. So by not following that instruction,
Sebastian Vettel took away his best chance of doing that. Hamilton does
a new fastest to build his lead. Sup Ivor Sebastian Vettel did not
receive or understand the message or chose to ignore it -- so either.
He is nearly into the back of him! Felipe Massa was earlier on the
brakes and Sebastian Vettel was just a few centimetres behind him.
Look at that, he is ahead of him! Ferrari were too slow! Massa to
slow into the pit lane and Ferrari too slow on the pit stop, and
Sebastian Vettel takes the position going into the final lap. So Vettel
crucially takes fourth place away from Felipe Massa or on a final mad
-- pit stop in order to comply with the regulations. -- in a final mad
pit stop. A tiny little chicane here where he was immense in
qualifying to put himself on the front row of the grid. And an easy
right hander into the straight to take his 16th victory and surely
one of his most satisfying for the McLaren team! Lewis Hamilton wins
the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, beating Fernando
Alonso by 3.9 seconds. And third place is Mark Webber, who completes
the podium, 9.7 seconds behind. Well ahead of Sebastian Vettel and
Felipe Massa, a wonderful drive from Lewis Hamilton. And still
Championship leader and in fourth place, it is Sebastian Vettel. And
where is Felipe Massa? Presumably he is still there now. He
helplessly watched as Vettel passed him when they were both in the pit
lane. Red Bull won the battle of the pit stops and gained a crucial
points for Sebastian Vettel who crosses the line for off. Over the
line goes Pastor Maldonado. And this is Adrian Sutil, with a well
deserved sixth place. Great job, guys, great job! Amazing! These are
the kind of result that you get! This is Mark Webber. And this was a
classic image of Ayrton Senna hitching a lift with Nigel Mansell.
Her the champagne flows, at a dynamic race, at no room for
mistakes -- H -- the champagne flows and it was a dynamic race, no
room for mistakes, it had to be on the money.
So let's confirm the results. Sebastian Vettel struggling for the
first time this year, finishing 4th. A pretty eventful day. This is how
it affects the drivers and constructors. The leader of
Sebastian Vettel has been eaten into by Mark Webber. -- the lead.
For the constructors, it is still about Red Bull. They are ahead of
McLaren. Ferrari are sitting third. Let's hear from the drivers after
this German Grand Prix. And -- big smiles, great overtaking,
and imagine as a young boy dreaming of winning, it probably looks
similar to that one? I do not know how good it looked on television
but it was incredible in the car. I was gobsmacked at first we got a
good start and that was a big step. The guys have been pushing hard to
improve our starts and immediately they are exactly what we expected.
And very difficult at the beginning of the race to hold off the guys
behind but later they are getting faster and faster and to be able to
do that move on Fernando felt great! There is more chance to win
the Championship if we have the best McLaren possible. They need to
be in the podium constantly. We have to be in front of them as well
but we need to be very competitive as they were today and hopefully in
Budapest, we can be in the podium and not Sebastian! Did you ever
think you would be thinking of McLaren again? For a couple of
months only! Do you go a -- do you go away disappointed because your
performance has been strong? But we know the prizes are handed out on
Sunday afternoon. Saturday has always been strong for us as the
car, but we also want to do well on Sundays so the team will continue
to work on that. We have good people and know what we need to do
to find more performance on Sundays. Of course it is not satisfying but
we have to accept that today other people were quicker. I did not feel
very good all weekend, and never got to the pace that Mark had in
the car and I struggled to keep up after the warm-up stage was over to
keep up with the top three cars. A good race. No rain but the
heavens opened. The thoughts of Eddie Jordan after Lewis Hamilton's
second win the season and one of the best of his career! If he could
do this more regularly, he would be absolutely in the fight for this
Championship. He has been a champion before and we saw what he
could do in China and again today, I just wish he could get more races
where he is able to show us his ability. Fernando Alonso finishes
this weekend's second on the track and he says if we can work
alongside McLaren, we can beat Red Bull to the title. It is that
realistic? He is looking for McLaren to send them out in the
hope of pushing people. I think he has been very clear. He did not
mention his team-mate in that, aided notice. If he includes his
team-mate at McLaren, three cars are potentially capable of taking
good points from Red Bull. If they cannot achieve that using that
method, they certainly will not pass. Who will be more frustrated
from Red Bull, Mark Webber for not turning poacher into a win or
Sebastian Vettel for struggling for the first time in a race? Sebastian
Vettel will be very disappointed and he has yet to convince me he
has real fight, wheel-to-wheel, bodywork to bodywork. I have yet to
be convinced he can deliver. He is probably the fastest young driver
but still has to race to win. he will do that in Hungary in a few
days. But Lewis Hamilton, his hopes were not washed away here in
Germany, he wins the 2011 Grand Prix.
Hamilton takes the lead of the Grand Prix!
This is shaping up to beat another classic! -- to be another classic.
Another opportunity to relive the drama of the 10th race of the season at the Nurburgring in Germany. The 60-lap race marks the midpoint of a season which has been dominated so far by defending world champion Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver has made the best start to a season in Formula One's history and will have high hopes of winning his home Grand Prix for the first time.