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GP Week : Issue 126
F1 germany >> Hamilton gets dream result It was a strong performance from Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso in Germany; the Spanish driver followed up his Silverstone victory with a P2 at the Nurburgring. The German Grand Prix was a 60-lap three- way battle for the win between Alonso, Mark Webber, and eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton, but the Asturian kept the pressure on McLaren until the final round of pitstops seemingly moments from the chequered flag. The bulk of the German race was run on the Option tyre, with drivers only pitting for their final stint on Primes in the last 15 laps. This was a tactical move from Ferrari, who have struggled on the hards all season, but the chilly weather on offer in the Eifel mountains made it a necessity for the bulk of the pack. Alonso got an excellent start to the race, passing Sebastian Vettel for P3 on the opening lap and besting Webber in the pitstops. “I think in the last stint we could not get any closer to Lewis,” Alonso said. “I think with the medium tyres we were not too quick so we just controlled the gap with Mark and secured second place. For us it was a fantastic race, a fantastic Sunday again. We struggled a little bit in quali being fourth yesterday but today again the car showed great pace and great degradation with the tyres so we can keep the pace of the leaders. We jumped Vettel on the track and Mark in the pit stop and it was great.” Alonso strong, but misses out to Hamilton after the pitstop Webber lacks pace needed to convert pole into win but was unable to hold onto the lead after the first round of pitstops, when Hamilton overtook him just past the pit exit on lap 31. Speaking in the post-race press conference, the Australian driver admitted that Red Bull just weren’t fast enough on race pace. “ We weren’t quick enough today,” he said. “I did everything I could. I’m happy with the way I drove, but these guys had a bit of an extra margin, especially in back part of the stints. That made us a little bit exposed on strategy. “ We know what we have got to improve on and we couldn’t give much more than we did today. I’m disappointed not to get a win, we had a good fight around the stops, so it’s mixed emotions. You need to perform at a good level to get these. We keep learning and the progress has been decent but we need to improve.” 29