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GP Week : Issue 126
F1 germany >> FORMULA 1 Round 10 NURBURGRING Points – Drivers: Vettel 216, Webber 139, Hamilton 134, Alonso 130, Button 109, Massa 62, Rosberg 46, Heidfeld 34, Petrov 32, Schumacher 32, Kobayashi 27, Sutil 18, Alguersuari 9, Perez 8, Buemi 8, Barrichello 4 etc Manufacturers: Red Bull 355, McLaren 243, Ferrari 192, Mercedes 78, Renault 66, Sauber 35, Force India 20, STR 17, Williams 4. Pos # Driver Team Laps Time Grid 1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 60 1:37:30.334 2 2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 60 +3.9 secs 4 3 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 60 +9.7 secs 1 4 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 60 +47.9 secs 3 5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 +52.2 secs 5 6 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 60 +86.2 secs 8 7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 6 8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 10 9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 17 10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 59 +1 Lap 9 11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 15 12 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 16 13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 12 14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 13 15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 24 16 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 58 +2 Laps 18 17 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 19 18 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 21 19 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 22 20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 56 +4 Laps 20 Ret 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 37 Electrical 23 Ret 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 35 Hydraulics 7 Ret 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 16 Oil leak 14 Ret 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 9 Accident 11 The biggest moment of drama in the opening stages of the German Grand Prix came courtesy of Renault’s Nick Heidfeld, who was launched across the gravel at Turn 13 following a collision with Sebastien Buemi, taking out a TV camera in the process. Heidfeld’s accident took place on lap 9, moments before race control issued the German driver with a drive-through penalty for causing a lap 1 collision with Force India driver Paul di Resta. According to the Renault driver, the blame for the spectacular crash that brought a premature end to his race lies squarely in Buemi’s lap. Heidfeld was attempting to pass the Toro Rosso around the outside of Turn 13 when he was catapulted into the air before sliding sideways across the gravel in the run- off area. “I lost some positions there when I collided with Paul [di Resta],” Heidfeld said after the race. “After that I tried hard to make up some positions. I overtook a couple of cars and came up behind Buemi. He was blocking me which was fully okay on the left side, on the long straight before the chicane. But then I was next to him on the right and he just moved over, and there was nowhere to go. So he pushed me on to the grass and there was an accident, that couldn’t be avoided with what he did.” Buemi saw the accident in a different light, saying after the race “Heidfeld drove into me at the chicane”. Heidfeld crashes out, takes a camera with him The German Grand Prix was not a great one for McLaren driver Jenson Button, who suffered his second retirement in two races. On lap 35, Button was called into the pits by his team, who informed the British driver that his car was suffering hydraulics issues, and he would have to retire for safety’s sake. At the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, the Briton was forced to retire as the result of a pitstop error, that saw him exit the pits with only three wheels securely attached to his car. Button’s recent run of bad luck has ended a long reliability streak – prior to his Silverstone retirement, the McLaren driver had seen the chequered flag at every race since Spa 2010, when he was knocked out of play by Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel. Prior to the hydraulics problem, Button was running solidly in the points, after a strong race strategy more than made up for his lacklustre qualifying session. The British driver told BBC Sport he should have finished the race in P4. “ The first three, there was no chance [of catching them] but the next two, yeah it was looking pretty good. Adrian Sutil who I passed before I passed Rosberg, was catching Massa and Vettel, so we would have had a good race. I think in the end we wouldn’t have been in the top three but fourth was definitely possible.” Button: Two retirements in two races 31