2012 German Grand Prix
Definite spoiler alert!
Sunday saw the 33rd running of the German Grand Prix, this time at the superb Hockenheim ring.
This is the eight running of the race at the redesigned circuit. Since the Grand Prix was not run here in 2011, this is the first time drivers will have the opportunity to try out the Drag-Reduction-System (DRS) at this track. Conveniently located at the run-up to the hairpin, this technology created ample opportunity to pass provided you set yourself up right and many drivers were able to do just that during the running of the race.
The Iceman is seen making a heck of a commitment to passing DiResta on lap 5 just after turn 7. He really means to get around his competitor and calmly places himself on the outside of the corner going in with DiResta taking the better line, but comes out of the next two corners victorious. Always good to see Kimi on the attack.
Massa loses a wing early on in a case of bad judgement trying to get around another driver. Clips the thing right off and is forced to limp around practically the entire track before securing a replacement from the waiting crew. The debris from this incident causes, I suspect, a puncture for Lewis which really puts him behind schedule to the tune of an entire lap.
Button seizes an opportunity to make it by Nico Hulkenberg on lap 8 using the DRS in the run-up to the hairpin, cleanly polishing off the newer driver. Shortly after this, Jenson again powers forward beyond Schumacher using the DRS zone to almost catch Schumacher by surprise, causing MSC to flick backwards out of the corner and sail right by the 7 time world champion.
On lap 16 both Schumacher and Raikkonen manage to get by Hulkenberg in a matter of seconds, Schumacher carving a gap on the inside of Hulkenberg and Kimi takes this opportunity to glide right past Nico as well, proving himself to be a very adaptable driver, capable of sighting a chance for a pass and decisively making the move at just the right time.
Later in the race, hamilton, a lap down, tussles with Alonso for a short time but it is not enough to throw the Spaniard and Alonso takes the win and further solidifies himself as the championship leader.
After this round, Alonso keeps himself ahead of the pack with a 34 point lead over Mark Webber, however Red Bull maintain their fairly dominant hold on the constructor’s championship with a 53 point advantage.
This, to me, is an argument to cut Felipe Massa from Ferrari. Had Ferrari given a drive to a more capable teammate to Alonso, they might be a bit closer to threatening RBR for the constructor’s championship. I am the first to step up and say Massa is definitely a championship capable driver but his post-accident performance has been dismal, falling well short of Alonso’s performance at nearly every race weekend. Don’t expect to see him with Ferrari for too much longer.
Stay tuned for results and analysis of next week’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the last race before the summer break.