F1 2011 German Grand Prix

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  1. Dhillon

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    German Grand Prix First Practice - Alonso Quickest

    Fernando Alonso kept his momentum going following his British Grand Prix win by topping the times in the opening practice session for the German GP on Friday. The Ferrari driver, who scored his first win of the season at Silverstone two weeks ago, was the only man to lap the Nurburgring circuit in the 1m31s.
    Alonso finished ahead of Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, who were over three tenths slower than the Spaniard.
    Ferrari completed a solid start to the weekend thanks to Felipe Massa's fourth fastest time, the Brazilian outpacing the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton, who was fifth fastest but over a second off Alonso's pace.
    Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Nico Hulkenberg and Michael Schumacher completed the top 10.
    Renault's Nick Heidfeld was the first driver to complete a timed lap after 20 minutes, the German trying out the new rear-facing exhaust system introduced by the team this weekend.
    Local hero Nico Rosberg jumped to the top of the times moments later with a lap of 1m35.11s, before he was demoted by Hamilton, who lapped in the 1m34s only to improve by over 1.4 seconds on his following lap. A few minutes later, the Briton moved into the 1m32s, leaving Rosberg two seconds off his pace.
    Hamilton was relegated to second place with some 52 minutes of the session to go, when Vettel outpaced him by two tenths of a second in the Red Bull.
    Alonso leaped to the top of the timesheets just after the one-hour mark, the Spaniard stopping the clock at 1m32.037s. The Ferrari driver improved even further on his following lap, moving into the 1m31s and outpacing Webber by over two tenths, the Australian having jumped to second.
    The session was yellow-flagged with less than a minute to go when Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi went off the track at high speed at Turn 5. The Swiss driver was lucky to avoid contact with anything and his car ended up stuck on the gravel.
    Karun Chandhok made his debut as an official racing driver for Team Lotus, the Indian having a rather productive session on his way to the 21st quickest time of the day. He finished two seconds behind team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.
    Chandhok's countryman Narain Karthikeyan was back in action after losing his HRT seat to Daniel Ricciardo, replacing Tonio Liuzzi for the opening session.
    The circuit was covered by a grey clouds during the 90 minutes, but rain held off for the whole session.
     
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    German Grand Prix First Practice - Webber on Top

    Mark Webber was quickest for Red Bull in the second Friday practice session for the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. After Fernando Alonso had led the way this morning, Ferrari was once again the pacesetter for much of the session.
    Felipe Massa was quickest for a lengthy spell early on, before his team-mate Alonso produced a 1m31.879s just after the halfway mark.
    But his time on top only last a few minutes before Webber (Red Bull) lapped in 1m31.770s. He then cooled his tyres for a while before putting in a 1m31.711s just before the one-hour mark, which kept him ahead for the rest of the day.
    Alonso, who also had a quick visit to the gravel and a sideways moment over the hairpin kerbs dodging Michael Schumacher's Mercedes, remained second, ahead of the second Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, and Massa.
    The two Mercedes made late jumps to complete the top six, Schumacher ahead of Nico Rosberg. The latter had a high-speed trip through the Turn 6 gravel without damage.
    The best of the McLarens was back in seventh in Lewis Hamilton's hands, while Jenson Button had to sit out the final 20 minutes with an issue on a development exhaust and was only 11th.
    Renault's Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov were eighth and ninth, followed by Adrian Sutil's Force India.
    Both Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastien Buemi missed most of the session. The Hispania parked up after just five laps with smoke from its rear, while a misfire on the Toro Rosso prevented Buemi from setting a time at all.
    In a session that saw plenty of light visits to run-off areas, the only other incidents of note were a gravel trip by Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus and a spin over the damp grass for Virgin driver Timo Glock.
     
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    German Grand Prix Qualifying - Webber took Pole

    Mark Webber claimed his second consecutive pole position by holding off a surprise challenge from Lewis Hamilton in German Grand Prix qualifying. After McLaren's low-key practice form, the team had not been expecting to challenge for pole position, but Hamilton turned out to be the biggest threat to Webber and Red Bull.
    World championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start only third for his home race - the first time all year he has been off the front row. Silverstone winner Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) had to settle for fourth this time.
    Webber looked unbeatable throughout Q3, producing a 1m30.251s on his first run and then improving to 1m30.079s to put himself out of everyone's reach.
    Hamilton was third after the first runs, was briefly pushed down to fourth by Alonso, but then blasted to second with a lap only 0.055 seconds down on Webber.
    Vettel's second effort was not quick enough to reclaim the outside front row spot, while Alonso was 0.4s off the pole pace as he took fourth, half a second clear of his fifth-placed Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa.
    Nico Rosberg only required on Q3 run to put his Mercedes in sixth, ahead of Jenson Button, who was a second away from McLaren team-mate Hamilton.
    Adrian Sutil reached Q3 for his home race and gave Force India eighth place, ahead of Renault's Vitaly Petrov and national hero Michael Schumacher in the second Mercedes.
    Nick Heidfeld and Paul di Resta could not match their Renault and Force India team-mates' progress into Q2 so will share row six, ahead of the Williams duo, with Pastor Maldonado outqualifying Rubens Barrichello by 0.4s.
    After three start 18th places in qualifying, Jaime Alguersuari finally got beyond Q1 again - though he only made it as high as 17th, just behind Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastien Buemi. The pair were sandwiched by the Saubers, with Sergio Perez in 15th and Kamui Kobayashi the big gun eliminated in Q1.
    Karun Chandhok got within 0.823s of Lotus team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, though the Indian could not prevent Virgin's Timo Glock sneaking between the Lotus duo.
    Daniel Ricciardo showed highly encouraging pace in his second grand prix qualifying session as he was only 0.025s adrift of Hispania team-mate Tonio Liuzzi on the back row - and he will start ahead of the Italian in any case due to Liuzzi's gearbox change penalty.
     
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    German Grand Prix - Hamilton Wins

    German Grand Prix Result.

    Hamilton Winner, Alonso Second, Webber Third.
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    World Championship Standing after German Grand Prix.
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    i think from now on...they shouldn't allow indians to race in f1 and do us all a favor and reserve the last place for us :D :p
     

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