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Germany 2010 - Race highlights - Coverage of the mixed up race in Hockenheim

Published by Christine

The race gets underway in Germany.
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The German Grand Prix turned out to be quite a mixed up race. The Ferrari boys got a great headstart on the first lap, and things settled down with them scrabbling with each other. It was about to turn into a procession so Ferrari decided to spice things up with some team orders.

They'd suggest that didn't happen, but you can have your say in our post race debate thread. There aren't many people that think it was an innocent move, though. Even so, it was a 1-2 Ferrari victory, with Vettel joining them on the podium.

Here's how it played out lap by lap.

As it happened: 2010 Germany - The Race

  • 12:00

    Morning everyone. We're slightly early with the Factbyte Factbox today so we can do a bit of testing.

  • 12:02

    Hello to Twitter users following @factbytefactbox.

  • 12:03

    Testing out new hashtags.

  • 12:04

    TweetTweet from @LucasdiGrassi. Everything ready to go! Its gonna be a tough race but me (and the team) are up for it.

  • 12:07

    QuoteComment from lou regarding the BBC coverage: they've already started counting down to the end of the season! grrr

  • 12:11

    TweetTweet from @MikeGascoyne: Some teams will take a chance on starting on the prime and gaining position but the gamble will be how long will the option last at the end

  • 12:25

    If you're in the UK, the BBC are streaming the race alongside live text updates:

  • 12:26

    Autosport are also posting live updates:

  • 12:26

    Live timing (when it works) is available on the official site:

  • 12:27

    And of course, if you're at a loose end, join us in the live comments at Sidepodcast:

  • 12:28

    The actual post (with added Lucas):

  • 12:28

    Lewis getting suitedLewis makes his final preparations.

  • 12:30

    TweetTweet from @OfficialMGP: All is calm in the garage as Jock says good afternoon to Nico over the radio as he jumps in the car

  • 12:34

    Lotus are readyLotus getting ready to race. Bonus points for correctly identifying which car it is.

  • 12:35

    The pit lane is open and cars are heading towards the grid.

  • 12:38

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: FBFB - I'm gonna say it's Heikki!

  • 12:38

    The Factbyte Factbox would like to admit it doesn't actually know the answer. Bonus points all round.

  • 12:41



    Wind Speed0.7mps
  • 12:43

    TweetTweet from @autosportlive: Michael Schumacher climbs out of the Mercedes and immediately checks underneath. Meantime, most of the drivers are now on the grid.

  • 12:44

    Interview with Mark Webber: Interesting race coming up. First stint will be interesting on the tyres. Not happy to be on the second row, first time since Bahrain. Looking forward to getting some points back. Will try and make it difficult for Jenson if we get away well."

  • 12:46

    Interview with Felipe Massa: "Maybe it will be dry, but here you never know. Looking forward to the race, seem to have a good car. Determination is very high."

  • 12:47

    Interview with Jenson Button: "First lap here is a lot of fun. Did a good run on Friday with high fuel, so we know what it feels like on the option tyre. It's always tough to know the strategies here."

  • 12:48

    Pitlane has now closed, all cars ready to get going.

  • 12:48

    Don't forget that Sutil received a five place grid penalty yesterday after qualifying due to a gearbox change.

  • 12:53

    Christian Horner remarks that Vettel is handling any extra pressure cool, going through his usual routines, listening to his iPod. I wonder what tunes he's playing.

  • 12:57

    RadioTeam radio to Timo Glock: "Last update was no rain."

  • 12:58

    Vettel will lead the pack away on the formation lap - probably quite slowly. He and Alonso were almost half a second up on the rest of the field in qualifying.

  • 13:00

    QuoteComment from Alex Andronov: "So anyone want to predict the fist spinner?" So far guesses include Yamamoto, Massa, Kobayashi, Alonso, Webber and De la Rosa.

  • 13:01

    TweetTweet from @VirginRacing: " Both hrts on options. Kov on opttions. Tru on primes. We are on primes."

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Vettel had a terrible start, Massa jumped into the lead ahead of teammate Alonso.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    CrashBuemi has lost his rear wing.

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Sutil, Liuzzi, Buemi and Alguersuari enter the pits.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Trulli is going very slowly.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Fastest lap for Massa - 1:20.064.

  • 13:07 Lap 3
    Driver Positions
    3VettelRed Bull
    5WebberRed Bull
  • 13:10 Lap 5

    Buemi and Trulli have both retired.

  • 13:10 Lap 5

    Interview with Buemi. " teammate was 15 metres behind me but finished on top of my car."

  • 13:12 Lap 6

    Both Force India cars have both pitted twice and are running 21st and 22nd which is, erm, last.

  • 13:12 Lap 7

    Fastest lap for Alonso - 1:19.153. He's chasing his teammate for P1.

  • 13:14 Lap 7
    One to Watch
  • 13:15 Lap 8

    Di Grassi started last after qualifying last and getting a 5 place drop, but is now up to 17th after a good start.

  • 13:18 Lap 12

    Force India have pitted so many times because they put Sutil's tyres on Liuzzi's car and vice versa.

  • 13:19 Lap 12

    QuoteComment from Alex Andronov: Nine Laps done, The start was good fun, Yamamoto is slow, But at least he had his own tyres on

    More poetry please.

  • 13:19 Lap 13

    Vettel enters the pits.

  • 13:20 Lap 13

    Ferrari crew are waiting in the pits.

  • 13:20 Lap 14

    It is Alonso that comes in.

  • 13:21 Lap 14

    Webber also pits and returns to the track in 9th place, behind Rosberg.

  • 13:21 Lap 14

    Alonso emerged in front of Vettel.

  • 13:22 Lap 15

    Massa and Hamilton enter the pits.

  • 13:23 Lap 15

    Button now leads the race, but of course, still has to pit.

  • 13:24 Lap 15
    One to Watch
  • 13:25 Lap 17

    Massa had a serious wobble and appears to be struggling under braking. Alonso is hunting him down.

  • 13:26 Lap 18

    Kubica pits from 8th place.

  • 13:27 Lap 18

    When Kubica returned to the track, a great battle between him and Schumacher, but the Renault remained in front.

  • 13:29 Lap 20

    RadioTeam radio to Button:"Jenson, keep going, clear the traffic."

  • 13:29 Lap 20

    Hamilton calling for blue flags as he meets traffic. He has just managed to get past Liuzzi.

  • 13:31 Lap 21

    Approaching a back marker, Alonso closed up to Massa, poked his nose ahead but Massa kept the position.

  • 13:31 Lap 22

    RadioTeam radio from Alonso: "This is ridiculous."

  • 13:32 Lap 22

    Button is streaking away now, 5 seconds ahead as the mechanics come out.

  • 13:33 Lap 23

    Button pits and comes out in 5th, ahead of Mark Webber.

  • 13:34 Lap 24

    Fastest lap for Massa - 1:18.711.

  • 13:34 Lap 24
    Driver Positions
    3VettelRed Bull
  • 13:35 Lap 24

    Petrov pits from 8th place.

  • 13:36 Lap 24

    Rosberg pits from 7th.

  • 13:36 Lap 24

    Petrov emerged from his pit stop in 13th, but ran Kobayashi wide and took the position.

  • 13:37 Lap 25
    Top Speed
    Sector 1Rosberg207kph
    Sector 2Alonso257kph
    Sector 3Button262kph
    Speed TrapButton319kph
  • 13:38 Lap 25

    Yamamoto appears to have retired. I didn't notice. Did anyone notice?

  • 13:38 Lap 27

    QuoteComment from Pat W: "Look at all the full grandstands! This place was losing attendance the last few runnings."

  • 13:40 Lap 28

    Four drivers have not yet pitted - Hulkenberg, De la Rosa, Di Grassi and Glock.

  • 13:40 Lap 28

    RadioTeam radio from Rob Smedly to Massa:"Gap is 3 seconds, we need everything Felipe, concentrate. Keep this going, you can win."

  • 13:41 Lap 29

    Fastest lap for Alonso - 1:18.075.

  • 13:43 Lap 30

    TweetTweet from @VirginRacing: Timo is catching Lucas, 8 secs now. KOV close. behind Timo

  • 13:46 Lap 32
    One to Watch
  • 13:47 Lap 33

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: Tonio has overtaken Di Grassi now to move up 1 place. P17 for him. He is behind Alguersuari who is behind Adrian.

  • 13:48 Lap 34

    The top six drivers are separated by just under 20 seconds, and then... well, then there's Hulkenberg who adds an entire 20 seconds of his own, currently 42.6 behind the race leader.

  • 13:48 Lap 34

    Six drivers have fallen one lap behind, whilst Bruno Senna is currently two laps down.

  • 13:49 Lap 35

    De la Rosa just passed Hulkenberg.

  • 13:49 Lap 35

    Hulkenberg pits. He must have heard me.

  • 13:51 Lap 36

    Sutil has pitted for the third time after a bit of a wobble out on track.

  • 13:53 Lap 37

    Let us compare how the German drivers are doing at their home race:

    Driver Positions
    3VettelRed Bull
    17SutilForce India

    My table only has space for five drivers. Rats. Glock is 19th.

  • 13:53 Lap 37

    RadioLewis told to save fuel.

  • 13:55 Lap 39

    Talking of Glock, the rear light is hanging off the back of his car.

  • 13:56 Lap 40

    RadioTeam radio to Webber: "You need to drop back. 4 second gap to Button ahead. Stay flat on the straight."

  • 13:57 Lap 41
    Live Championship Standings
  • 13:57 Lap 41

    Fastest lap for Sutil - 1:17.300.

  • 13:57 Lap 41

    Sutil? Really? But he is running 17th after three pit stops. How odd.

  • 13:58 Lap 41

    RadioTeam radio to Button: "You're one of the quickest cars on the circuit. Webber has been instructed to back away from you."

  • 13:58 Lap 41

    TweetTweet from @VirginRacing: "OK clear air now. HAM 18 secs behind so at least 4 blue flag free laps?"

  • 13:58 Lap 42

    Senna pits.

  • 13:59 Lap 43

    De la Rosa and both Virgin cars still have yet to pit.

  • 13:59 Lap 43

    Sutil's reign did not last long. Vettel sets the fastest lap - 1:17.242.

  • 14:01 Lap 43

    Holly Samos on 5live says: "Webber has a high oil consumption problem."

  • 14:02 Lap 45

    TweetTweet from @InsideFerrari: "just one second between felip and Fernando margin remained stable in the last 4 laps"

  • 14:02 Lap 45

    Not sure who felip is, or why he doesn't get a capital letter. I callinequality in that team.

  • 14:05 Lap 48

    Fastest lap for Alonso - 1:17.012.

  • 14:06 Lap 48

    RadioTeam radio from Rob to Felipe: "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand that message?"

  • 14:06 Lap 48

    Wait for the inevitable red car passing red car now.

  • 14:07 Lap 48

    Alonso has passed Massa. Shocker.

  • 14:08 Lap 49

    Rob delivers the messageRob instructs Massa to move out the way of Alonso, albeit indirectly. Apologises to Massa afterwards.

  • 14:10 Lap 51
    Driver Positions
    3VettelRed Bull
  • 14:11 Lap 52

    TweetTweet from @edb_lotusracing: "Whoa, can't believe Ferrari just did that! This'll be interesting later..."

  • 14:12 Lap 52

    De la Rosa finally pits from 8th place and returns to the track in 14th.

  • 14:12 Lap 53

    Yellow flagA brief yellow flag for di Grassi who spun and slid across plenty of track sideways. Continues onwards.

  • 14:14 Lap 55

    Lucas di Grassi retires to the garage.

  • 14:15 Lap 55

    Just Glock remaining without a pit stop under his belt now.

  • 14:18 Lap 57

    De la Rosa overtook Hulkenberg after exiting the pits and is now chasing Barrichello - currently 0.5s behind.

  • 14:19 Lap 57

    Backmarker count - seven drivers have been lapped, Sutil is down 2, whilst three drivers have fallen back 3 laps.

  • 14:19 Lap 59

    RadioTeam radio to Petrov: "Vitaly, you must concentrate on shifting early to seventh gear. We'll have to turn your revs down if you don't do it properly."

  • 14:20 Lap 59

    On 5live, Anthony Davidson says: "Not a message you want to be hearing, you should know stuff like that."

    Bad Vitaly.

  • 14:20 Lap 59

    Kovalainen is moving slowly, and TV shots show a piece of bodywork on track.

  • 14:21 Lap 59

    Kovalainen and De la Rosa came together, and the bodywork came from the Sauber.

  • 14:21 Lap 60

    De la Rosa pits for a new front wing, takes on new tyres while he's at it.

  • 14:22 Lap 61

    Kovalainen has also pitted.

  • 14:23 Lap 61

    Front wing change for PedroNew front wing for Pedro.

  • 14:24 Lap 61

    Kovalainen is out of the car, retired.

  • 14:26 Lap 61

    RadioTeam radio to Hamilton: "There is no need to save fuel anymore."

  • 14:27 Lap 64

    Liuzzi pits.

  • 14:27 Lap 64
    One to Watch
  • 14:30 Lap 66

    QuoteComment from Stuart Taylor: "searching @insideferrari on twitter is hilarious"

    Parental advisory.

  • 14:31 Lap 67

    Chequered flagRace complete.

    Fernando Alonso wins the German Grand Prix! (although Massa is the moral victor)

  • 14:32 Lap 67

    Massa finished second, Vettel takes the final place on the podium.

  • 14:34 Lap 67

    RadioTeam radio from Rob Smedley: "Very well done, Felipe Massa is back. Very magnanimous. You won't know what that means, I'll explain it to you later."

  • 14:35

    TweetTweet from @eddstrawF1: That's the 23rd "win" for Alonso. That puts him =9th in the all-time list alongside Nelson Piquet.

  • 14:36

    TweetTweet from @VirginRacing: Now he's slowed down, Timo's car has stopped at turn 13

  • 14:40

    Fernando on the top stepThe German GP winner. A quick hug between him and Felipe and muted celebrations.

  • 14:43

    Domenicali hugs each of his drivers in turn, then pulls them on the podium for a photo opportunity. Massa makes a hasty exit though.

  • 14:46

    Join in the post-race debate on

  • 14:47

    And the conversation continues in the live comments:

  • 14:47

    Thanks to everyone for joining the Factbyte Factbox today. See you back here for Hungary!

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