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GP Week : Issue 163
24 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Kimi Raikkonen had one of his better days of the year so far, racing aggressively in the early stages to finish a convincing fourth for Lotus- Renault (if there is such a thing as a ‘convincing fourth’; the P3 Kimi inherited thanks to Seb’s penalty actually makes much better reading); and both Sauber drivers – Kamui particularly – drove well to finish fourth (ahead of Seb on penalty time) and sixth, beating Michael Schumacher’s three- stop, P3-starting Mercedes in the process. Nico Hulkenberg also looked very good for Sahara Force India, particularly in wet qualifying, but faded in the dry eventually to finish ninth; and Scuderia Toro Rosso had their best race in a long while. In the context of 2012 that doesn’t say much but full credit is due to Franz Tost and the boys nonetheless for making solid progress. The Caterhams, too, were tantalizingly close to the mid-field, their recent updates clearly buying them some ground. One race to go, then, before the summer break – and still Fernando sets the gold standard. On a weekend when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France; when Hashim Amla, in an astonishing example of self-control for spiritual reasons drank no fluids nor consumed food whilst scoring 311 not out for South Africa at a sun-baked Oval in London; and when Ernie Els snatched the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes, Fernando in Germany was able to stand right up there with the best of them. F1 has its own, very brilliant, Class Act. *At Monza, in 1967, Jim Clark famously unlapped himself after an early-race pit stop. He then drove flat out in his Lotus 49, re-taking the lead of the Italian GP in the closing stages. Jim ran short of fuel on the last lap, handing victory to John Surtees, but the die, for posterity, had been cast. For more of Windsor on F1 watch The Flying Lap live every week on http://smibs.tv Michael was at his on-the-edge best in wet qualifying ... while Jenson (left above) , after a mini-slump was back on form F1 >>> HOCKENHEIM