Fernando Alonso takes victory in Hockenheim, becomes 2012's only three-time winner
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- 10:32 am, July 23, 2012
Sebastian Vettle finishes second but gets pushed down the order due to a penalty.
Fernando Alonso took a well deserved victory at the 2012 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim ahead of the Mclarens and the Red Bulls. The Spaniard drove in an amazing manner right from the word go and though the pressure from Vettel and Button was high, Alonso maintained his race pace without giving in to anything. Jenson Button, who was looking good to get the better of Alonso, never managed to close in on the Spaniard enough to take advantage of the DRS. Tyre life was a concern for this race anyway and the Mclaren finally had to let go off the Ferrari pursuit in order to stay in the race.
Meanwhile Vettel took advantage of the situation and overtook Button on the hairpin and continued to the end to finish the race in second. However, the German went off the track to pull off this maneuver and when questioned by the stewards, Vettel argued that he was giving the Mclaren enough room as he wasn’t sure where the competing car was. Button disagreed as expected and Vettel was therefore given a 20 second penalty. The added time pushed down his final standing to the fifth position moving Button up to second. The correction saw Kimi Raikkonen take third, while Kobayashi finished fourth.
Alonso’s team mate, Filipe Massa was involved in an incident with Daniel Ricciardo at the start of the race, which pushed him to back by a big margin. He fought his way up but only managed to get the 12th position. The debris left on the track during this collision, cut Lewis Hamilton’s left rear tyre and though he managed to put up a fight for a considerable amount of time, the Brit had to retire due to mechanical problems. Webber meanwhile had a silent race and finished in eighth.
This victory makes Alonso the only three-time winner in the 2012 F1 season so far and puts him ahead of the pack with 154 championship points. The bulls are at second and third with Webber on 120 and Vettle on 110. Raikkonen’s podium moves him up to fourth at 98, ahead of Hamilton who is at 92. Rosberg and Button are fifth and sixth at 76 and 68, followed by Grosjean (61), Perez (47) and Kobayashi (33). The Red Bull team leads the constructor’s championship with 230 points with Ferrari and Mclaren-Mercedes in second and third with 177 and 160 points respectively.
First Published on 10:32 am, July 23, 2012
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