The German Grand Prix held on the Hockenheimring is steeped in tradition and history. The track was originally built in 1932 using roads in the forest, this later became the fastest F1 circuit until the track was redesigned in 2001.
Ferrari’s overdue win was a convincing 1-2 finish but before the team could enjoy the champagne, Ferrari became engulfed in controversy. The stewards have imposed a £60,000 fine on the team for allegedly ordering Felipe Massa to let Fernando Alonso over take.
The almost perfect qualifying performance of Red Bull this season continued as the home fans were delighted to see home boy Sebastian Vettel on poll position. His team mate Mark Webber made a mistake on his final qualifying lap and ended up 6th on the grid.
The start saw a clean break and a massive fight from Vettel to defend his place from both the Ferrari’s after a poor start. Vettel lost the lead to Massa and another position to Alonso, and was never really able to match their pace after. Lewis Hamilton was able to pass Webber’s Red Bull on the opening lap to ensure total disarray in the Red Bull garage.