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    • 2011 Formula 1 German Grand Prix - Mercedes GP Race Results - Hamilton Wins, Rosberg 7th and Schumacher 8th

      Hamilton won in style at an exciting Nurburgring today. He managed to come on top with a three way battle with Fernando Alonso, and Mark Webber that lasted till the end of the final pitstop at the closing stage of the race. All three drivers managed to lead the race at one point in the final 10 laps, with the distance between all three never going above 2 seconds. But Hamilton managed finish first after over taking Alonso on the first corner exit his pitstop. Vettel had a forgetful race as he fought with Ferrari's Massa for fourth place. Massa was able to hold of Vettel's attacks until they pitted for medium tires on the last lap. Red Bull's pit crew proved to be quicker and released him a full second faster than Massa's crew. Adrian Sutil took six spot after opting for one less stop than the rest. Nico Rosberg took seventh after having a battle with Massa at the beginning of the race. Michael Schumacher who started tenth on the grid managed to come in position over take Rosberg early in the race, fell victim to the wet astro turf and spun his car at the entrance to the corner named after him. Schumacher dropped to eleventh after that and fought his way back to take eight place. Kobayashi and Petrov round up the last 2 places in the top ten.

      This race saw the retirement of Nick Hiedfeld after trying to over take Buemi, was squeezed to the grass and launching over one of the distance markers before Schumacher's corner. Other retirements were Jenson Button with a hydraulic failure, Barrichello because of an oil leak, and Liuzzi with electrical problems.

      After the race the Mercedes GP team had this to say:

      Nico Rosberg 7th place:

      Michael Schumacher 8th place:

      Ross Brawn:

      Norbert Haug:

      Full Race Results:
      Pos Country Driver Car Team Grid Fastest Lap Race Time Points



      1 great britain Lewis Hamilton 3 McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:34.302 1:37:30.334 25
      2 spain Fernando Alonso 5 Ferrari 4 1:34.626 +00:03.980 18
      3 australia Mark Webber 2 Red Bull-Renault 1 1:34.468 +00:09.788 15
      4 germany Sebastian Vettel 1 Red Bull-Renault 3 1:34.587 +00:47.921 12
      5 brazil Felipe Massa 6 Ferrari 5 1:34.609 +00:52.252 10
      6 germany Adrian Sutil 14 Force India-Mercedes 8 1:36.653 +01:26.208 8
      7 germany Nico Rosberg 8 Mercedes GP 6 1:36.181 lapped 6
      8 germany Michael Schumacher 7 Mercedes GP 10 1:35.628 lapped 4
      9 japan Kamui Kobayashi 16 Sauber 17 1:36.659 lapped 2
      10 russian federation Vitaly Petrov 10 Renault 9 1:36.186 lapped 1
      11 mexico Sergio Perez 17 Sauber 15 1:37.033 lapped
      12 spain Jaime Alguersuari 19 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:37.415 lapped
      13 great britain Paul Di Resta 15 Force India-Mercedes 12 1:36.715 lapped
      14 venezuela Pastor Maldonado 12 Williams-Cosworth 13 1:37.568 lapped
      15 switzerland Sebastien Buemi 18 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 24 1:37.863 lapped
      16 finland Heikki Kovalainen 20 Lotus-Renault 18 1:39.050 lapped
      17 germany Timo Glock 24 Virgin-Cosworth 19 1:39.982 lapped
      18 belgium Jerome d'Ambrosio 25 Virgin-Cosworth 21 1:39.787 lapped
      19 australia Daniel Ricciardo 22 Hispania-Cosworth 22 1:40.489 lapped
      20 india Karun Chandhok 21 Lotus-Renault 20 1:40.435 lapped
      21 italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 23 Hispania-Cosworth 23 1:40.683 retired, 37 laps
      22 great britain Jenson Button 4 McLaren-Mercedes 7 1:36.258 retired, 35 laps
      23 brazil Rubens Barrichello 11 Williams-Cosworth 14 1:39.679 retired, 16 laps
      24 germany Nick Heidfeld 9 Renault 11 1:39.452 crash, 9 laps






      This article was originally published in forum thread: Article: 2011 Formula 1 German Grand Prix - Mercedes GP Qualifying Report started by Scourge82 View original post
      Comments 7 Comments
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Interesting that Vettel didn't dominate this one. Might have been too soon to say he was running away with it.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Thanks man.

        It was interesting watching Vettel today, it was almost like it was Coulthard driving the car not him. He continued to make mistakes left and right. The only reason he got fourth was because of his pit crew. It's too early to judge and say that he might cracking under pressure. The good thing out of it though is that the championship race is becoming interesting again. Vettel is a good driver, but I don't watch to watch F1 when the rest are just fighting for second place.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        This is actually a quite funny remark of Ross Brawn.
        Apparently they made an exhaust (probably copied a design) with some aero changes, and it worked like a charm at Silverstone, although they do not understand why, and are now desperately looking into this to see if they can squeeze more performance out of this system.
        All the better for F1. The more competition up front, the more fun to watch.
        It is funny, but what he said is true. It applies to all teams. Since they can't do in season testing anymore, they have to rely on simulators and weekend practice sessions to understand the new parts.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        Not cool putting the race results in the thread title though...spoiled the race for me, and I only made it to lap 9!!!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LZH Click here to enlarge
        Not cool putting the race results in the thread title though...spoiled the race for me.
        Ugh, sorry. It's hard in this instant world we live in to restrain from updating with those kinds of details.

        We'll be more cautious in the future. Fortunately, all you knew was how MB did. Did you expect them to win anyway? Click here to enlarge
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        No sweat buddy, and yes, I always expect a Mercedes to win Click here to enlarge
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LZH Click here to enlarge
        No sweat buddy, and yes, I always expect a Mercedes to win Click here to enlarge
        You should stick to DTM watching. That would be less dissapointing Click here to enlarge