German Grand Prix: facts and stats
An incident packed German Grand Prix ended in a tight, tight home win. In case your sporting attentions were focussed on another (straight set) home win, here’s an instant catch up from F1 Racing‘s James Roberts…
Sebastian Vettel held his nerve to repel Kimi Räikkönen in the closing stages of the German Grand Prix to win his home race for the very first time and – finally – to win a grand prix held in the month of July. Vettel has now finished in first place more times than any other position in his F1 career (30 times).
Did you know that the German GP winner and today’s winner of the Wimbledon men’s tennis final were born within seven weeks of each other in the summer of 1987? Twenty-six year old Sebastian Vettel was born on July 3, while Andy Murray was born slightly earlier on May 15.
Vettel took the chequered flag after 1hr 41m 14.711s, winning at an average speed of 182.896 kph (113.646 mph). The race was slowed for a Safety Car period when Jules Bianchi retired and his unmanned Marussia started to roll backwards onto the track…
Lap Fernando Alonso made a late switch to soft tyres in the closing stages of the race and set the fastest lap, a 1m 33.468s, on lap 51 at an average speed of 198.279kph (123.204 mph).
Pitstop Sebastian Vettel recorded the two fastest pitstops of the grand prix, a 19.118s stop (from entrance to exit) on lap 41 – and a faster stop of 18.979s on lap seven of the race.
Mark Webber’s Red Bull team was fined 30,000 euros for the unsafe release of the Australian from the pits. His right rear wheel had not been attached securely and it rolled off his Red Bull, down the pitlane and struck a cameraman. Paul Allen went to hospital with a suspected broken shoulder and cracked ribs. Webber continued to seventh place.
Pole to pole
Lewis Hamilton’s second consecutive pole position in Germany (coming just seven days after his British GP pole) moves the Briton just one place behind his countryman Damon Hill in the all-time pole list. His 1m 29.398s lap was his 21st pole and moves him to 13th in that all-time list, now one ahead of Mika Hakkinen, who has 20 poles.
The last time Paul Di Resta finished out of the points was back at the Malaysian GP in March. The Scotsman finished 11th at the Nürburgring, just one place out of the points, despite that, he’s the highest driver in the world championship standings (ninth) without standing on the podium yet this year.
Germany’s Sebastian Vettel has now extended his lead over Fernando Alonso to 34 points, while Kimi Räikkönen is a further seven points behind the Ferrari driver. The next race is Hungary, round 10, on July 28.
Top 10 results (after 60 laps)
1 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1h 41m 14.711s
2 Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team +1.008s
3 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team +5.830s
4 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari +7.721s
5 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team +26.927s
6 Jenson Button (GBR) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes +27.996s
7 Mark Webber (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing +37.562s
8 Sergio Pérez (MEX) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes +38.306s
9 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team +46.892s
10 Nico Hülkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team +49.892s
James Roberts is associate editor of F1 Racing and is writing regular blogs around the Formula 1 season – before and after each Grand Prix
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