The German Grand Prix - Highlights Formula 1


The German Grand Prix - Highlights

Another opportunity to relive the drama of the 10th race of the season at the Nurburgring in Germany. Sebastian Vettel will hope to win his home Grand Prix.


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Hi there welcome to a chance to reflect on the 2011 German Grand

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Prix from the Nurburgring. Here at the the circuit which is the second

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highest on the Formula One calendar, the weather is unpredictable. It

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has been an unpredictable season apart from the man at the front.

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Sebastian Vettel has been leading and all the others have been

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fighting it for second place. Mark Webber occupies that spot at the

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Webber occupies that spot at the moment. This is how things looked

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in the constructor's Championship. So all the action coming your way,

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but first here is Leigh with what happened in a dramatic qualifying

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session. Sebastian Vettel has dominated qualifying this season x

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-- but could he do it in front of his home crowd. First German out

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was Timo Glock who made hids thoughts clear -- his thoughts

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clear do his Virgin team. It is so difficult to drive. Paul di Resta

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has outqualified his team mate this season, yesterday, Adrian Sutil was

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too quick. But Paul di Resta thinks force India's policy hampered his

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performance. It is Force India's policy, the management have taken

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that decision. Ace said yesterday, it was closer, but it has done me

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damage. I will need to tray and go for it in the race. Ferrari and

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Fernando Alonso had been fighting at the front all weekend and looked

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likely to challenge for pole. But far from being disappointed,

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Fernando Alonso said he was where he expected to be. I don't know why

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you're disappointed with our performance, but the practice is

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practice, qualifying is when everyone shows the potential.

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was mixed fortunes for McLaren, Jenson Button hated to /- had to

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pull out of his final lap. Strange we can't find the grip out there.

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To be in seventh is surprising. Also to be 1.1 seconds belandlady

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Lewis, something is not quite right. -- behind Lewis, something is not

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quite right. But Lewis Hamilton battled hard and ended up just five

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hundredth of a second off pole. was as perfect as I could do it. I

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don't know how I could make it more perfect. It was one of best lapse I

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have done NQ3 usually your first lap is good and to g back out, you

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go beyond the limit and usually go slower. But I went four tenths

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faster. I don't know where I found that. That left two, the charging

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Red Bulls. One German who would love to win his Grand Prix and an

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Australian who has previously tamed the Nurburgring and wouldn't mind

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spoiling the party again. Vob put in an electrifying lap, leaving

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Sebastian Vettel to settle for third. I'm not disappointed, we had

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a tricky day yesterday, and I wasn't quite happy with the balance.

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I think we did a good job to come back. I was faeling more come

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forable today. I was happy with my last lap. We made a change across

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Q2 into Q36789 the engineers did a sensational job and the polis for

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them. I wouldn't have got that without the adjustments to the car.

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So Mark Webber starts at the the front for the third time this year,

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with Lewis Hamilton alongside. The Ferraris are fourth and fifth with

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Jenson Button pus puzzled with his lack of speed in seventh. Paul di

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Resta is 12th with the Williams beHein. Sebastien Buemi qualified

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16th, but moves to the back of the grid after a fuel sample didn't

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match the bun to the FIA. Karun Chandhock is in for Jarno Trulli

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for his Grand Prix and Vitantonio Liuzzi starts in 23rd. MARTIN

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BRUNDLE: Round ten of the Formula One Championship. Six German

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drivers, a quarter of this grid, all hoping for home glory. The

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lights have been on for three and a half seconds for all of the support

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races. And they come on one at a time. There they're. Four, five one,

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two three and a half, go! The German Grand Prix is under way. It

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is neck and neck, but Lewis Hamilton in the second face of the

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-- phase of the start takes the lead. Mark Webber nit -- in a

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Ferrari sandwich. Fernando Alonso is ahead of Mark Webber. Lewis

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Hamilton leads from Sebastian Vettel. Sorry Lewis Hamilton leads

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from Mark Webber. Then Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg is in there as well.

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Fernando Alonso will not yield. There is a spinner at the back.

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That is at turn three. Who was that? A lot going on in the

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background. There then is Jenson Button up the inside of Michael

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Schumacher. So another poor getaway for Jenson Button. He has lost

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places off the grid and Lewis Hamilton leads from Mark Webber,

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Fernando Alonso. It may have been Paul di Resta that had the spin.

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I'm looking at the track map. We have Heidfeld and Paul di Resta.

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the back, Michael Schumacher in the thick of the traffic and so we

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think that Fernando Alonso is between the two Red Bulls still.

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Lewis Hamilton from Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel.

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And we're watching the midfield. There is Rubens Barrichello in

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front of Kobayashi. That is for eleventh and 12th. Look at the lead

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that Lewis Hamilton has got from Mark Webber and then Fernando

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Alonso and then Sebastian Vettel, Rosberg, Massa, Sutil, Michael

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Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Kobayashi, Pastor Maldonado. And

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that takes us down to 13th place. Lewis Hamilton will lead at the end

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of the first lap. It is 60 laps for the Grand Prix. And down into the

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heavy brake zone for turn one they file. In a long line. 24 hours

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still running. But Heidfeld and Paul di Resta right at the back.

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There must have been contact with them. There then is Fernando Alonso.

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Off the race track. Into turn three, he has been passed by Sebastian

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Vettel. He is on the kerb on that long turn two. He lost the back end,

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but plenty of tarmac to regain position. Thrill with be some

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choice words in that cockpit. He has released Sebastian Vettel.

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Rosberg is right in there as well. Adrian Sutil looking handy in

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seventh. Michael Schumacher then has passed eepast Petrov on this

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lap. I hope we will get a replay of that. You see the winners of the

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start, Button down three places. Michael Schumacher has been a

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mighty starter this year and there is Jenson Button, still down in

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tenth place. Here is a replay of the start. Holding constant RPM,

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start toos drop his RPM, Mark did a terrible start. He lost auto

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control the longer he held position. The revs just faded away as the

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moment came. I wonder if the clutch was starting to bite. Here is

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Fernando Alonso. You can see the smoke coming off the tyres of Lewis

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Hamilton. And that second phase, that Lewis Hamilton just flew and

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then Fernando Alonso looking for the inside. We see Sebastian Vettel

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locking up and the droppaway in turn one. Fernando Alonso lock up

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as well, but keeping the position. Brave stuff from Fernando Alonso he

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could have lost his nose. It almost like he hit the limiter before he

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moved into second. Felipe Massa had a flaying start, but he had nowhere

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to go and oh so close for Sebastian Vettel. Let's see if we can see, if

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we follow this cam ra, hopefully, what happened later on. That is

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then getting on to the water. That is sitting in the carpeted area to

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dissuade the drivers from rung wide. That is where Fernando Alonso lost

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third place. Sebastian Vettel has done the fastest lap of the race.

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He is dealing with a lot of understeer in the Ferrari. Could be

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a combination of heavy fuel, or just struggling to get tyre

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temperature. Sebastian Vettel that he tenths of second faster than

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Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. have got once again Lewis Hamilton

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banging in these first sectors. Again four tenths quicker than Red

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Bulls. We saw from qualifying, he has such a good front end on that

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McLaren. The first sector is all about front grip. You're 0.3

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seconds quicker. Let's get past him. Unless he will ruin our race.

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does not sound like an option that. Sounds like a firm instruction.

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Fernando Alonso into turn one. He has made it and he has been quick.

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That is not a DRS thing, is a -- that is a pure overtake. Sebastian

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Vettel has been wearing a heavy demeanor, an unhappy face all

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weekend. He has not looked as confident as he has so far this

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season. What would be interesting, if we could see the use of KERS.

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Wouldn't be surprised if Fernando Alonso used all his KERS into that

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first corner. He is confident with the brakes. That is the sort of

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thing we will see Felipe Massa try to do on Nico Rosberg. That was

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extraordinary how behind he was. Maybe he gave ate full punch of

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KERS. But he is still darting around. It was a bold move from

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Fernando and almost caught Sebastian Vettel out. Lens lops

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then up into third. -- -- Fernando Alonso up into third place. Jenson

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Button's weekend is going from bad to worse. And Perez has pitted for

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Sauber. He is normally the man that never wants to come in the pits. He

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runs all day on the same tyres. It pays him dividends. But he has been

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off the track and continued at turn ten. Maybe he has put a flat spot

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into those tyres. We can't see from here. But a word on Jenson Button.

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From McLaren. There noise issues with his car. We will see a --

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there is no issues with the car. We can see the battle behind. That is

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Paul di Resta getting down the inside. Inside Heikki Kovalinan.

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That is a straight forward pass, like taking candy from a kid.

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Perez, we saw a horrible flat spot. That is the reigning watch yon,

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Sebastian Vettel, he has lost seven seconds in the middle sector.

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Rosberg must be all over. And there he is. There is Sebastian Vettel.

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Now having Rosberg for company, along with Felipe Massa. Sebastian

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Vettel has made an error at turn ten. That is the chicane at the top

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of the hill. And what is going wrong with the man who could make

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no mistakes, who was unbeatable in teams of pace and consis tenty si.

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-- consistency. He gets on the white line. That is a mistake from

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Sebastian Vettel. The one rule on a damp track, is don't touch the

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white lines. Fernando Alonso gets away with it. T but he gets right

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on to the artificial grass where the water is and he will have flat

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spots. He will be struggling to vision for his braking points with

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the vibration he will have. We have Heidfeld off the road. Mr Reliable

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has crashed. He is normally the man that finishes race after race.

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Somewhere near the points. And that, he has had, that is clearly contact

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with somebody else. That remind me of an didn't -- that reminds me of

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an incidents I had with Fernando Alonso many many years ago. That

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was nasty. That is a case of Sebastien Buemi not being aware of

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where the other car. Heidfeld was entitled to put his car there.

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Heidfeld coming back through the field. That was like you and

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Fernando Alonso, except you didn't touch. That almost look like it us

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fast forward. That is a scary incident. If you looked at

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Sebastien Buemi, he was looking left in his mirror and he couldn't

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see Heidfeld and moved over. He the track. Nick Heidfeld was given

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a drive-through penalty for causing a collision. That was with Paul di

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Resta, at the start of the race. He will be suspended. Some he is out

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of his home Grand Prix. Massa is in position to get back now. Paul di

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Resta -- Nico Rosberg will be doing the same thing, this is a battle of

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aerodynamic drag and horsepower. Massa says, I have got it this time.

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They will be saying on the radio, well done, son! The collision...

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Nick Heidfeld is under two incidents being investigated. This

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is a replay of Massa he got himself into the right track position. He

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would not be intimidated and I do not know if they quite touch but

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Massow takes that position. It will be -- if Felipe Massa. He is 13

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seconds from the lead in fourth place. Mark Webber half a second

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behind Lewis Hamilton. Your pace is still very good, the gaps are not

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opening up quickly behind us, so keep looking after the tyres.

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has gone too deep! Mark Webber will come through here. Lewis tries to

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defend against it. Out of shape on the apex. Lewis is back and he

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comes up the inside using the extra straight lines! That is just pure

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speed! And Alonso watching closely. He must be loving seeing that go on.

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Hamilton is back in the lead, he never wants to give up, just like

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in Istanbul when him and Jenson Button were trading places. When he

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is overtaken, he sees that as another opportunity to overtake.

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That is fantastic. I thought he was too late at the last corner but he

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was using that as an opportunity to pass. I wondered if he went to deep

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into the chicane. Those transmissions on normally delayed

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but he is often asleep absolutely on the edge of what that car will

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do at the moment -- he is obviously absolutely. Lewis Hamilton get wide

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on the first apex and that allows Mark Webber a clean run into the

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turn. He uses a 10 kilometre or an hour speed advantage McLaren has. -

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- 10 kilometre or an hour. opportunist driving again from

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Hamilton but Mark Webber is still on top of him. And the Ferrari will

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also be able to use that BRS down the back straight into the chicane.

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-- DRS. And you cannot help but think they have more pace than

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Hamilton. Mark Webber has track position still but is very date --

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but is very wide indeed! It is now a one so he will have better

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acceleration. Going up -- it is now Fernando Alonso has. Virtually

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guaranteed contact driving into an -- driving into a wedge that will

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disappear. He must think he can win this race. He has seen Mark Webber

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battling with Lewis Hamilton and overheating his tyres. He has been

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drifting it into ten macro 7. -- turn 7. Tyres soon, I think he said.

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Meanwhile, at Felipe Massa is the fastest man on the track. Another

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great fight going on, Sebastian Vettel holding off the second

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Ferrari of Felipe Massa. And we are in lap 14 of the 60 lap race. They

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have their wings wide open but are not that close to Hamilton. It

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difficult breaking his own. If you break five metres too early, if you

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give up seconds. Too late and you will sale of the race track. -- you

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will sail away from the race track. Tie is being prepared for a Red

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Bull driver. Mark Webber has pitted. No new tyres, at no new soft tyres

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available. And can he gets out in front of the fight between

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Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa? Nico Rosberg has pitted. Mark

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Webber is now in traffic so that has not worked well in that respect.

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Let's see if he can clear that Force India of Adrian Sutil to get

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back into play quickly. He is trying to get full use of the new

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tyres but is sitting in traffic at the moment. Still trying to make

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his way past the Renault of Vitaly Petrov. I have seen a few drivers

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in the support race go round the outside of that corner and make-up

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some ground. Jenson Button getting increasingly frustrated I imagine

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in tenth place, just Clear off Kamui Kobayashi, but miles of the

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leader's pace. -- just clear. Mack this is Felipe Massa or on

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Sebastian Vettel. He is hesitant but he makes it and makes the

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second apex. And Mark Webber has gone down the outside, Sebastian

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Vettel has gone into the pit, half- hearted stab my Lewis Hamilton has

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done his pit stop and it will be a race. We have got Felipe Massa at

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and Mark Webber! Mark Webber needs to make sure he does not damage his

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car because he now has track position on Lewis Hamilton. And

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Fernando Alonso. Felipe Massa right in the thick of the action but has

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yet to make his pit stop. So the under car worked for Mark Webber.

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Crucially past Adrian Sutil, he used the grip of the fresh tyre --

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tyre. And he found himself some extra tax base. And he is now in

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second place a. For Felipe Massa could be used strategically to help

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Fernando Alonso. I do not see mechanics yet but keep an eye on

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that, beneath a 15 second warning. It will be somewhere round the back

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straight. Mark Webber has got fresher tyres. The Ferrari has the

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straight-line speed, I do not see any Ferrari mechanics in the pit

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lane so Felipe Massa will see out another lap. He has better

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acceleration, but Mark Webber will lead a lap of this Grand Prix

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because Felipe Massa is going to pit. And this will be fascinating

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out to sea if he can pull away and create a lead while these two of

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fighting. Look at the confidence Alonso has underbraking. And it

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looks as though it is starting to rain. Confidence in the Ferrari

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mechanics who did not come out into the pit lane until Fernando Alonso

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had entered the beginning of the pit lane. We did not see that. And

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look, at Mark Webber making space between him and Hamilton and

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Fernando Alonso. And we are on the 18. -- turn 18. And we can see

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Sebastian Vettel back on the racetrack. He has come back behind

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Felipe Massa. He has just come out of the pits so Sebastian Vettel has

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lost track position. So they have both pitted and it goes from bad to

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worse for the World Championship leader. He is now effectively in

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fifth place. There are other cars to have yet to pit between them. --

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who have yet. That is a replay of how it kicked off after the pit

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stop. Mark Webber has already made his stop, Felipe Massa has not. And

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this is how it looked. You are not allowed to cross the line coming

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out of the pit, you can cross the line into the pit lane when you

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watch on the racetrack and they nearly met in the middle. Four --

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when you on the track. Four drivers at different speeds. Michael

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Schumacher has born the car! -- has spun round the car! And Jenson

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Button has not stopped yet. He is stopping on lap 25, so it will be

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interesting to see how that compares to the others. Jenson

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Button ties to slow the car down. - - tries to. And their rather

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mechanics. The last time he pitted in a Grand Prix the right front did

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not really go on. It is sweet as you like this time, and await those

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Jenson Button and let's see if he can recover his afternoon having

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lost time between Vitaly Petrov and early on. Adrian Sutil just ahead

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of him and ahead of Michael Schumacher, who is leading that

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train with Kamui Kobayashi behind him, Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov

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further back. Mark Webber is going to pit from the lead. They really

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stand these tyres up. They used -- they lean in at the top much less

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than I am used to seeing on Formula One tyres, it is to protect the

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Pirellis overheating on the inside shoulder. And we can see Karun

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Chandhok in the far chicane, spinning. 8 and 9. And not for the

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first time this weekend. A gravel track you can drive out of his

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rubbish! -- is rubbish. Hamilton leads the race. McLaren on out for

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Lewis Hamilton. Just inside that Orange bollard. Fernando Alonso,

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the win at Silverstone, will come through and lead this Grand Prix as

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Hamilton pickeds. Interesting now. Mark Webber has Heikki Kovalainen

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in front of him. I think Hamilton is going to do it. Mark Webber

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crosses the finish line. Wearer is he? He has done it, Hamilton has

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done it and is back in the lead. With traffic, it has helped. Canon

0:28:260:28:35

Webber go out on the outside and reclaim that lead? -- can. He says,

0:28:350:28:40

no way, get out of my way! Smoke coming out of the back of the

0:28:400:28:46

McLaren. That does not look healthy. Has he throttled on? Normally you

0:28:460:28:51

get over fell at the start of a Grand Prix with smoke like that, I

0:28:510:28:57

hope that is not the first sign of it problems. -- over Phil. We are

0:28:570:29:04

so used to these cars being bought prove, reliability wise. -- but

0:29:040:29:11

preferred. This is a replay of button down the inside of Adrian

0:29:110:29:21
0:29:210:29:25

Sutil. So he is on the march, and this is where there. -- Mark Webber.

0:29:250:29:35
0:29:350:29:40

The Astroturf is full of water Hamilton just putting out a bit of

0:29:400:29:44

blue smoke as Fernando Alonso pits from the lead for the second time

0:29:440:29:47

this afternoon. This will be close. Lewis Hamilton leads Mark Webber

0:29:480:29:52

over the line and there they're in the background and Fernando Alonso

0:29:520:29:57

gets up to speed. What is going on? How does that work? Normally you

0:29:570:30:03

get the undercut with the fresh tyre. Now we have seen it not

0:30:030:30:07

working twice. He is round the outside. He will make this one

0:30:070:30:13

stick. Fernando Alonso was caught napping. Completely, Lewis Hamilton

0:30:130:30:18

drives clean around the outside and steals that lead back. And at

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brilliant move from Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso just didn't cover

0:30:220:30:26

it off. Lewis Hamilton is in permanent attack mode. It was like

0:30:260:30:31

Fernando Alonso is, yes, I have got the lead, well done boys and then

0:30:310:30:36

forgot that Lewis Hamilton could carry that fresh heat he has in his

0:30:360:30:40

new tyres. Lewis Hamilton does a new fastest lap of the race. We

0:30:400:30:45

will see that sensational move. Fernando Alonso has gone wide and

0:30:450:30:49

doesn't cover off the outside of two. That was the point where Lewis

0:30:490:30:54

Hamilton was slapping Mark Webber off the track. Fernando Alonso

0:30:540:31:02

didn't try anything of the sort and the McLaren boys are enjoying that.

0:31:020:31:06

Button then tries to go down the outside of Nico Rosberg for sixth

0:31:060:31:12

place. Rosberg parks his car well. Can he get on the KERS and get up

0:31:120:31:18

the inside? He can't, but he should get a nice slip stream down the pit

0:31:180:31:24

straight. We know McLaren is fast. They have both got Mercedes engines.

0:31:240:31:29

Rosberg parks it on the inside. Look at the speed of the Mercedes.

0:31:290:31:34

Mercedes versus the McLaren. He has gone too dee. Button takes the

0:31:340:31:40

position. He is up to sixth. Next target is Sebastian Vettel who is

0:31:400:31:47

still lapping some one second, 1.2 off the pace. So he might be meat

0:31:470:31:57
0:31:570:31:59

for Button to chase after. Lewis Hamilton then leads by 2.4. Four

0:31:590:32:07

secondss -- seconds covers the top three. Well Nico Rosberg just on

0:32:070:32:12

the inside, the dustier line. Locks off that inside front and you

0:32:130:32:17

reduce your potential braking by 25%. And it was just no option for

0:32:170:32:23

him but to try and reduce. You see the onboard of Mark Webber in the

0:32:230:32:28

braking phase. Just getting a bit messy. He has already taken a

0:32:280:32:33

ppblty for lawsing time. -- penalty for losing time. Lewis Hamilton has

0:32:330:32:43
0:32:430:32:45

done another fastest lap of 35.0. And is that Jenson Button missed a

0:32:450:32:54

chicane? He has got a problem. Jensen we need to box this lap. We

0:32:540:33:01

have to retire the car. We have a hydraulics problem. And of course

0:33:010:33:06

the hydraulics work many things on the car. Engine, gear box, throttle.

0:33:060:33:13

Everything controlled by that. a shame. It was a great come back

0:33:130:33:18

by Jenson Button. An awful start again. We has got to get the start

0:33:180:33:22

sorted out. But then he was driving nicely. Sebastian Vettel in for his

0:33:220:33:31

stop. I thought he had lost out and stalled. But let's see what that

0:33:310:33:37

pit stop time was. He has put the soft tyre on. We should get a time

0:33:370:33:44

as he leaves the pit lane. He then should be able to clear. It is 3.1.

0:33:440:33:49

It was a good stop. I wonder if he got away that quickly? I don't

0:33:490:33:53

think Heikki Kovalinan will want to attack him too hard. Heikki

0:33:530:34:01

Kovalinan is 16th, leading the newer teams. Vitantonio Liuzzi has

0:34:010:34:05

retired and Michael Schumacher trying not to lose another front

0:34:050:34:11

wing, as he is up there against the Toro Rosso right into the final

0:34:110:34:17

corner. It is Jaime Alguersuari. Perez is in front of them. What can

0:34:170:34:20

Michael Schumacher do? Jaime Alguersuari is watching him.

0:34:200:34:25

Michael Schumacher does the dummy dive and into what is a nice wide

0:34:250:34:29

piece of track and with equal grip all the way, it is a great

0:34:290:34:35

overtaking place is turn one at the Nurburgring. Wherever the other guy

0:34:350:34:40

decides to defend, I nearly said offend, but this a sometimes what

0:34:400:34:46

they do, then you can go the other side. But feisty driving from

0:34:460:34:51

Michael. It is a pity he had that spin. He was right there with

0:34:510:34:58

Rosberg. He is a chance to see the maestro giving it the dummy and

0:34:580:35:03

down into the first corner. As that happens, we have Felipe Massa in

0:35:030:35:09

for his second stop of the afternoon. He was in fourth place.

0:35:090:35:15

What is the gap? It is to cover Sebastian Vettel. There we have

0:35:150:35:19

Sebastian Vettel in the background. He has managed to make it stick.

0:35:200:35:25

3.2 stop. What is going on there? So Felipe Massa with track position

0:35:250:35:30

and Sebastian Vettel was close behaind him before the stops. And

0:35:300:35:34

remains so. But he might have a chance while Massa just finds his

0:35:340:35:38

way on a fresh set of boots. And Sebastian Vettel so much quicker

0:35:380:35:43

out of the corners. But he can't afford even a fifth place for

0:35:430:35:47

Sebastian Vettel would be better than losing a front corner and

0:35:470:35:52

dropping out of Grand Prix. If he is in the first two today,

0:35:520:35:56

Sebastian Vettel, it would be a new record of ten consecutive firstor

0:35:560:36:01

seconds at the start of a Grand Prix season. Now it is not looking

0:36:010:36:07

likely. He is 43 second off the lead. The lead is held by Lewis

0:36:070:36:11

Hamilton. He is 3.4 ahead of Fernando Alonso now. He is still

0:36:110:36:16

pumping the laps in. 8.7 airhead of Mark Webber. He has been so much

0:36:160:36:20

faster in is in phase of the Grand Prix. They're about 20 seconds

0:36:200:36:27

clear of, at least 20 seconds clear of Felipe Massa and Sebastian

0:36:270:36:31

Vettel. They have all stopped once up to Adrian Sutil. Or stopped

0:36:310:36:36

twice I up to Adrian Sutil in sixth. And Sebastian Vettel locks his left

0:36:360:36:40

front again. Goes through escape road and he will have to yield and

0:36:400:36:46

let Massa through. When have we seen this many mistakes from

0:36:460:36:50

Sebastian Vettel? Not for a long time. Maybe in his first year when

0:36:500:36:59

he was a Toro Rosso new boy. We have lost four runners. The fourth

0:36:590:37:03

retirement was Jenson Button. And and we found him. It is so

0:37:030:37:07

disappointing to keep talking to you during races. What happened?

0:37:070:37:11

The first lap I had a terrible first lap. I don't know where I

0:37:110:37:17

endeded up and I couldn't get past Petrov. I did and then I got past

0:37:170:37:22

the next twot guys and the pace wurz good, compared to the guys in

0:37:220:37:26

front, Massa and Sebastian Vettel, so it was looking exciting and then

0:37:260:37:32

we had a hydraulic issue and I had to retire the car on safety grounds.

0:37:320:37:40

You never know what can happen with lie drawlics, the steering is high

0:37:400:37:46

drulic - ehydraulic. You Could you have caught the guys in front. What

0:37:460:37:51

are the conditions like there. There is a lack of grip? Yes, the

0:37:510:37:56

first three no chance. But the next two, it was looking good. Adrian

0:37:560:38:02

Sutil, who I passed before I passed Rosberg is catching Massa and

0:38:020:38:07

Sebastian Vettel now. So we would have had a good race. We wouldn't

0:38:070:38:12

have been in the top three, but fourth was possible. I was enjoying

0:38:120:38:21

mie. What do you do now? I want to get warm and see what Lu wis --

0:38:210:38:26

Lewis can do. I had some spicy sausage before I came out. I don't

0:38:260:38:36
0:38:360:38:38

feel cold. That what Jenson Button needs a bit of... Don't say it.

0:38:380:38:43

Michael Schumacher at up the inside of Petrov and they both fail the

0:38:430:38:47

make the chicane. What are the stewards going to think about that.

0:38:470:38:53

Vitaly will need to give Mike it will place back. He goes wide. He

0:38:530:38:57

will have to let Michael take the place. He has gain and advantage by

0:38:570:39:02

not taking the corner. I agree with you. Whether he does is another

0:39:020:39:07

matter. It is irrelevant any way. Michael Schumacher takes the place.

0:39:070:39:11

Mark Webber's the fastest man in the Grand Prix in the middle sector

0:39:110:39:20

and he is 8.3 second off the lead. Lament's gap beginning to come down

0:39:200:39:26

now. Down to 2.9 seconds. Fernando Alonso getting back on the charge.

0:39:260:39:32

Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel 1.2 seconds apart. Michael

0:39:320:39:38

Schumacher has track position. But in a -- there is a Mercedes in the

0:39:380:39:44

way. They have come together a few times this year. Michael not doing

0:39:440:39:54
0:39:540:39:55

his tyre any good. He will have a flat spot. Tyres starting to go off.

0:39:550:40:01

And McLaren are in the pit lane. Lewis Hamilton is coming in.

0:40:010:40:08

lead er pits. Petrov is still doing faster first sector on these medium

0:40:080:40:14

compound slower tyres that they are obliged to use. If not, they will

0:40:140:40:19

get a half a minute penalty at the end. They're new as well. That is

0:40:190:40:25

is another difference. None of the key runners had any new soft tyres.

0:40:250:40:31

A 3.7 second stop. Not one of the fastest. But it is about getting

0:40:310:40:41

out and nailing the out lap for Lewis Hamilton. He had 2.7 seconds

0:40:410:40:49

lead. A distifrpbgt tinge tifr colour change for the --

0:40:490:40:55

distinctive colour change for the tyres. Now we know which three will

0:40:550:41:02

be on the podium, bar any incidents. Ferrari will respond to that move

0:41:020:41:06

by Lewis Hamilton. He said the tyres were going and he reacted

0:41:060:41:13

instantly and came into the pit lane. And we watch him down into

0:41:130:41:19

the turn seven hairpin. Paul di Resta is up into ninth. He has got

0:41:190:41:27

to stop again for another set of tyres. Fernando Alonso then leads

0:41:270:41:32

the Grand Prix. For the second time this afternoon. What can he do?

0:41:320:41:38

Does he -- does he pit? No he is happy with his tyres. The Ferrari

0:41:380:41:42

mechanics are out with the tyres. They going back into the garage.

0:41:420:41:46

There has been seem communication issues. The tyres are out of

0:41:460:41:51

blankets, Fernando Alonso is seven tenths quicker in the mid sector.

0:41:510:41:57

Do you think they are gauging this sector by sector? And Mark Webber's

0:41:570:42:01

flying now. Are they going to punish McLaren for that early stop,

0:42:010:42:05

or was ate smart move that will make the difference? We don't know.

0:42:050:42:09

We're about the find out in the closing stages of this race. We

0:42:090:42:13

have got to watch it almost corner by corner. There is enough grip in

0:42:130:42:23
0:42:230:42:24

sector one, but not in the middle part of lap. He lost the time in

0:42:240:42:29

the second sector. So we need a good lap now. Crucially for

0:42:290:42:32

Fernando Alonso he was able to get the advantage of seeing what Lewis

0:42:320:42:36

Hamilton could do. He won't be penalised by the fact that they

0:42:360:42:41

have brought the tyres out early, because they have two new set and

0:42:410:42:46

they will simply bring out the other set. Good thinking! While

0:42:460:42:49

they're gaining sector time on Lewis Hamilton, they won't pit.

0:42:490:42:56

There is no need to. And the same or the Mark Webber -- and the same

0:42:560:43:04

for Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso had traffic, did that matter?

0:43:040:43:09

he lost to Mark Webber. He has lost a lot of ground. And he pits.

0:43:090:43:15

Fernando Alonso pipts, having had a difficult in-lap thra. Plays into

0:43:150:43:20

the hands of Lewis Hamilton. I wonder why, if Fernando Alonso

0:43:200:43:27

might stay longer. Mark Webber carries on. He has done a 1.34.9.

0:43:270:43:32

If he can keep pumping in that lap time. We wait for Lewis Hamilton to

0:43:320:43:36

deliver his first full flying lap. There he is in the back ground. The

0:43:360:43:41

only McLaren in this race and it is Lewis Hamilton. And he regains the

0:43:410:43:45

position after a 3.2 second stop and Lewis Hamilton knows where the

0:43:450:43:50

grip is on the tyres. Fernando Alonso has got to go and find out.

0:43:500:43:56

And now it about what Mark Webber can do. Lewis Hamilton has done a

0:43:560:44:00

1.34.8. His fastest of the Grand Prix on the prime tyre. Mark Webber

0:44:000:44:06

will have to pit on that. Unless he thinks he has got more speed in the

0:44:060:44:10

clear air. This is Sebastian Vettel still trying to pass Felipe Massa

0:44:100:44:14

for fourth. There is not even a tenth of a second between them.

0:44:140:44:20

Mark Webber has to respond this lap. He is half a second slower in the

0:44:200:44:24

first sector. You join the battle here. The soft tyres are wearing

0:44:240:44:28

out. Such that it is better to take the slower but new tyre. That

0:44:280:44:34

moment has arrived. Mark Webber has clan dock in front of him and he --

0:44:340:44:38

Chandhock in front of him and these two are still yet to come in for a

0:44:380:44:48
0:44:480:45:03

is half a second quicker on this lap. -- on this lap. Mark Webber is

0:45:030:45:10

too slow and has more traffic now with Nico Rosberg. It is a lapping

0:45:100:45:15

situation. Nico Rosberg get out of the way, it is not working. Red

0:45:150:45:20

Bull have nothing to lose, they were third out of free and thought

0:45:200:45:25

they might take a different route but it has not worked out, he is

0:45:250:45:31

not fast enough -- out of freefall stop Hamilton does another personal

0:45:310:45:38

best lap. The fastest still belongs to Sebastian Vettel. And that is

0:45:380:45:48
0:45:480:45:49

Felipe Massa. And Mark Webber is going to pit from the lead. Four to

0:45:490:45:56

go including this. Hamilton takes over the lead. He is 2.9 seconds

0:45:570:46:06
0:46:070:46:07

clear. We have not seen the pit stop yet from Mark Webber but he is

0:46:070:46:14

comfortably behind Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Nobody else on

0:46:140:46:20

track apart from Jerome d'Ambrosio that he needs to clear. So now they

0:46:200:46:27

are quite spread out. Top three still pretty much in view in one of

0:46:270:46:37
0:46:370:46:37

the Straits. And this is all about fourth place, who will blink first?

0:46:370:46:42

Master and Sebastian Vettel have to pit again before the end of the

0:46:420:46:47

Grand Prix -- Felipe Massa. have the Ferrari mechanics

0:46:470:46:51

lingering around the pit stop box and cannot tell when they are

0:46:510:47:01
0:47:010:47:03

coming out. They are coming out now. The opposite of Felipe Massa, this

0:47:030:47:12

lap now. It did not happen, they missed it. He says if he goes in

0:47:120:47:17

stay out and vice versa, but he did not. So they will probably follow

0:47:170:47:21

each other in. You pass the finish line to come into the pit play

0:47:210:47:27

macro here, Michael Schumacher did that at Silverstone in the 1990s --

0:47:280:47:33

in the pit lane here. Ferrari are further down the pit line than that

0:47:330:47:43

Red Bull so Ferrari have the advantage. So technically, Felipe

0:47:430:47:48

Massa does need to get his car out in front of Sebastian Vettel.

0:47:480:47:57

a pit stop grace. -- race. And they both have to pit. They are both

0:47:570:48:07

driving the wheels of those things. The Lotus tyres need a new set, but

0:48:070:48:11

these have yellow markings, they need tyres with white markings to

0:48:110:48:16

avoid a penalty. And they have to do it at the end of this lap, they

0:48:160:48:19

have to put this time. So by not following that instruction,

0:48:190:48:25

Sebastian Vettel took away his best chance of doing that. Hamilton does

0:48:250:48:34

a new fastest to build his lead. Sup Ivor Sebastian Vettel did not

0:48:340:48:39

receive or understand the message or chose to ignore it -- so either.

0:48:390:48:46

He is nearly into the back of him! Felipe Massa was earlier on the

0:48:460:48:51

brakes and Sebastian Vettel was just a few centimetres behind him.

0:48:510:48:58

Look at that, he is ahead of him! Ferrari were too slow! Massa to

0:48:580:49:02

slow into the pit lane and Ferrari too slow on the pit stop, and

0:49:020:49:11

Sebastian Vettel takes the position going into the final lap. So Vettel

0:49:110:49:17

crucially takes fourth place away from Felipe Massa or on a final mad

0:49:170:49:23

-- pit stop in order to comply with the regulations. -- in a final mad

0:49:230:49:28

pit stop. A tiny little chicane here where he was immense in

0:49:280:49:34

qualifying to put himself on the front row of the grid. And an easy

0:49:340:49:41

right hander into the straight to take his 16th victory and surely

0:49:410:49:48

one of his most satisfying for the McLaren team! Lewis Hamilton wins

0:49:480:49:51

the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, beating Fernando

0:49:510:49:56

Alonso by 3.9 seconds. And third place is Mark Webber, who completes

0:49:570:50:03

the podium, 9.7 seconds behind. Well ahead of Sebastian Vettel and

0:50:040:50:11

Felipe Massa, a wonderful drive from Lewis Hamilton. And still

0:50:110:50:16

Championship leader and in fourth place, it is Sebastian Vettel. And

0:50:160:50:26

where is Felipe Massa? Presumably he is still there now. He

0:50:260:50:30

helplessly watched as Vettel passed him when they were both in the pit

0:50:300:50:35

lane. Red Bull won the battle of the pit stops and gained a crucial

0:50:350:50:42

points for Sebastian Vettel who crosses the line for off. Over the

0:50:420:50:52

line goes Pastor Maldonado. And this is Adrian Sutil, with a well

0:50:520:51:02
0:51:020:51:08

deserved sixth place. Great job, guys, great job! Amazing! These are

0:51:080:51:18
0:51:180:51:18

the kind of result that you get! This is Mark Webber. And this was a

0:51:180:51:27

classic image of Ayrton Senna hitching a lift with Nigel Mansell.

0:51:270:51:32

Her the champagne flows, at a dynamic race, at no room for

0:51:320:51:38

mistakes -- H -- the champagne flows and it was a dynamic race, no

0:51:380:51:44

room for mistakes, it had to be on the money.

0:51:440:51:48

So let's confirm the results. Sebastian Vettel struggling for the

0:51:490:51:58
0:51:590:51:59

first time this year, finishing 4th. A pretty eventful day. This is how

0:51:590:52:06

it affects the drivers and constructors. The leader of

0:52:060:52:10

Sebastian Vettel has been eaten into by Mark Webber. -- the lead.

0:52:100:52:16

For the constructors, it is still about Red Bull. They are ahead of

0:52:160:52:23

McLaren. Ferrari are sitting third. Let's hear from the drivers after

0:52:230:52:30

this German Grand Prix. And -- big smiles, great overtaking,

0:52:300:52:34

and imagine as a young boy dreaming of winning, it probably looks

0:52:340:52:39

similar to that one? I do not know how good it looked on television

0:52:390:52:44

but it was incredible in the car. I was gobsmacked at first we got a

0:52:440:52:50

good start and that was a big step. The guys have been pushing hard to

0:52:500:52:57

improve our starts and immediately they are exactly what we expected.

0:52:570:53:01

And very difficult at the beginning of the race to hold off the guys

0:53:010:53:06

behind but later they are getting faster and faster and to be able to

0:53:060:53:11

do that move on Fernando felt great! There is more chance to win

0:53:110:53:16

the Championship if we have the best McLaren possible. They need to

0:53:160:53:21

be in the podium constantly. We have to be in front of them as well

0:53:210:53:25

but we need to be very competitive as they were today and hopefully in

0:53:250:53:31

Budapest, we can be in the podium and not Sebastian! Did you ever

0:53:310:53:35

think you would be thinking of McLaren again? For a couple of

0:53:350:53:41

months only! Do you go a -- do you go away disappointed because your

0:53:410:53:46

performance has been strong? But we know the prizes are handed out on

0:53:460:53:51

Sunday afternoon. Saturday has always been strong for us as the

0:53:510:53:56

car, but we also want to do well on Sundays so the team will continue

0:53:560:54:00

to work on that. We have good people and know what we need to do

0:54:000:54:05

to find more performance on Sundays. Of course it is not satisfying but

0:54:050:54:10

we have to accept that today other people were quicker. I did not feel

0:54:100:54:16

very good all weekend, and never got to the pace that Mark had in

0:54:170:54:22

the car and I struggled to keep up after the warm-up stage was over to

0:54:220:54:28

keep up with the top three cars. A good race. No rain but the

0:54:280:54:33

heavens opened. The thoughts of Eddie Jordan after Lewis Hamilton's

0:54:330:54:37

second win the season and one of the best of his career! If he could

0:54:380:54:43

do this more regularly, he would be absolutely in the fight for this

0:54:430:54:47

Championship. He has been a champion before and we saw what he

0:54:470:54:52

could do in China and again today, I just wish he could get more races

0:54:520:54:58

where he is able to show us his ability. Fernando Alonso finishes

0:54:580:55:01

this weekend's second on the track and he says if we can work

0:55:010:55:05

alongside McLaren, we can beat Red Bull to the title. It is that

0:55:050:55:11

realistic? He is looking for McLaren to send them out in the

0:55:110:55:16

hope of pushing people. I think he has been very clear. He did not

0:55:160:55:21

mention his team-mate in that, aided notice. If he includes his

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team-mate at McLaren, three cars are potentially capable of taking

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good points from Red Bull. If they cannot achieve that using that

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method, they certainly will not pass. Who will be more frustrated

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from Red Bull, Mark Webber for not turning poacher into a win or

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Sebastian Vettel for struggling for the first time in a race? Sebastian

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Vettel will be very disappointed and he has yet to convince me he

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has real fight, wheel-to-wheel, bodywork to bodywork. I have yet to

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be convinced he can deliver. He is probably the fastest young driver

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but still has to race to win. he will do that in Hungary in a few

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days. But Lewis Hamilton, his hopes were not washed away here in

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Germany, he wins the 2011 Grand Prix.

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Hamilton takes the lead of the Grand Prix!

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This is shaping up to beat another classic! -- to be another classic.

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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.


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