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GP Week : Issue 126
F1 EUROPE >> Team-By-Team:GermanGrand Prix, Nurburgring Adrian Sutil converted his best grid position of the season into Force India’s best finish of the year as he took an admirable sixth at his home race. He was the highest-finishing two-stopper, pitting on laps 22 and 48, and even beat both Mercedes cars by a comfortable 18-second margin. Paul di Resta endured a tough race in the sister Force India, after being hit into a spin by Nick Heidfeld at turn 3 on the first lap, having kept his place off the line. Despite recovering well from last place, he fell 20 seconds short of points, taking the flag in 13th. A disappointing weekend for Toro Rosso who failed to score points for the first time in five races. Alguersuari, starting 16th, represented their best chance, but he finished just short in 12th after struggling with his brakes. Buemi started dead last after a fuel irregularity on Saturday evening, but things got even worse when he tangled with Heidfeld on lap 10, forcing an early pitstop and earning himself a 5-place grid penalty for Hungary. He was compromised even more by running a wet- weather set-up and finished the race a distant 15th. Kamui Kobayashi returned to the points for the first time in three races with another eye-catching drive from the back of the grid. The Japanese driver started 17th, but was immediately in contention for points after picking up six places in the first few laps. He then two-stopped and hassled Schumacher until the flag, unable to overtake due to the Mercedes’ high straightline speed, to finish ninth. Perez also two-stopped but was angry with himself for making an error on lap 8, forcing an early pitstop and putting a points finish out of reach. Glock was unable to take the fight to Lotus at his home race, just hours after announcing a long-term contract extension with Virgin on Sunday morning. He slotted in behind Kovalainen at the start, but quickly lost ground and once Liuzzi retired at mid-distance, he had an untroubled run to the finish. D’Ambrosio spent much of the race fighting with HRT, pulling clear only in the final ten laps as Ricciardo faded, before finishing ten seconds behind Glock. HRT ran a strong race in Germany on Sunday, despite finishing behind the lead Lotus and both Virgins. Liuzzi again showed the way, beating Virgin’s d’Ambrosio and battling with Glock until he was forced to retire with an electrical failure at the start of lap 38. Ricciardo showed huge improvements in only his second F1 race to battle hard with the Virgins for almost the entire race. After overtaking d’Ambrosio early in the race, he fell behind again before his final pitstop but fell away rapidly to finish 25 seconds adrift of the Belgian. Karun Chandhok endured a dismal return to the Formula One grid on Sunday, as he stood in for Jarno Trulli at the Nurburgring. After qualifying 20th behind Virgin’s Timo Glock, he dropped to last on the second lap and kept in touch with his main rivals during his first stint, but had the first of a number of high-speed spins on lap 10, forcing an early pitstop. He eventually finished over 3 minutes behind team-mate Kovalainen, who drove a strong, consistent race. The Finn finished 2 laps down on Hamilton but was more than 80 seconds clear of the leading Virgin. F1 germany >> 33