Stay tuned for a special race review in Podcast #116 with special guests Paul Charsley and Mark Hallam. We will be taking a deeper dive in to the race review and offering a round table session.
Expectations were high that rain would come. It never did and as a result the German fans were treated to a terrific race that saw four out of the five German drivers on the grid placing in the top ten. As national pride would goâ€”that was a big result and the rains boredom with the Nurburgring left us with a terrific race that took an abacus, scratch pad and rewind button to figure out just how the drivers finished where they did.
Mark Webber has broken his streak of starts versus wins by taking victory at the 2009 German Grand Prix. A more heartfelt congratulation couldn’t be offered from all of us at F1B. The Aussie was on form and intimidating all weekend long and was determined to show the world that Red Bull has TWO drivers to worry about.
Mark made an error by colliding with Rubens Barrichello at the start which saw a prompt (relatively) drive-through penalty lodged by the race stewards and yet Mark still won the race due to pace, strategy, traffic and misfortune of others.
Either way you slice the race, Webber deserved his just reward for a race well driven and his teammate, after starting poorly, made ground to give Red Bull their second 1,2 finish in as many races. What threw the race into a battle of track position was the KERS equipped McLaren and Ferrari cars that inserted themselves at the start in between the Brawn and Red Bull cars upsetting tactics and pace.
There were other drives of the race, however, and one would be remiss to not mention Fernando Alonsoâ€™s charge through the field that gained a point and signaled a potential threat to the Brawn GP cars as well as Nico Rosbergâ€™s 4th place finish for Williams F1.
Adrian Sutil looked to be the emotional favorite to score points but tragically came together with Ferrariâ€™s Kimi Raikkonen while exiting the pits and was relegated to 15th. Felipe Massa h ad a terrific race taking the Ferrari to the podium.
Equally Lewis Hamilton looked poised to show the world that McLarenâ€™s upgrades had made a huge difference and his KERS-induced start would have been something to behold had he not clipped Webberâ€™s front wing leaving him with a flat tire and relegated to last.
Questions came to mind as I watched the race:
- Is Brawn GP just struggling with the cool temps?Â Will they be dominate again as things heat up?
- Has Red Bull passed Brawn and equally, are the Ferrariâ€™s, McLaren and Renault catching up with them as well?
- Could my original theory of Brawnâ€™s mid-season development funds be starting to show?
- Will the Brawn GP infighting take a toll on their championship bid?Â Barrichello was scathing about his teamâ€™s performance today.
German Grand Prix Finishing positions
1 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1hr 36min 43.310sec
2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1:36:52.562
3 Felipe Massa (Br) Ferrari 1:36:59.216
4 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:37:04.409
5 Jenson Button (GB) Brawn GP 1:37:06.919
6 Rubens Barrichello (Br) Brawn GP 1:37:07.798
7 Fernando Alonso (Sp) Renault 1:37:08.166
8 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 1:37:41.402
9 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:37:44.710
10 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:37:45.210
11 Giancarlo Fisichella (It) Force India 1:37:45.637
12 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams 1:37:46.187
13 Nelson Piquet Jr (Br) Renault 1:37:51.638
14 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:37:52.865
15 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India 1:37:55.210
16 SÃ©bastien Buemi (Swi) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38:13.510
17 Jarno Trulli (It) Toyota 1:38:14.210
18 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren at 1 Lap
Not Classified: 19 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 34 Laps completed, 20 SÃ©bastien Bourdais (Fr) Scuderia Toro Rosso 18 Laps completed
World championship standings after German grand prix:
Drivers: 1 Jenson Button (GB) Brawn GP 68pts, 2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 47, 3 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 45.5, 4 Rubens Barrichello (Br) Brawn GP 44, 5 Felipe Massa (Br) Ferrari 22, 6 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 21.5, 7 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 20.5, 8 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 13, 9 Fernando Alonso (Sp) Renault 13, 10 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 10, 11 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren 9, 12 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 6, 13 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 5, 14 SÃ©bastien Buemi (Swi) Scuderia Toro Rosso 3, 15 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 2, 16 SÃ©bastien Bourdais (Fr) Scuderia Toro Rosso 2, 17 Giancarlo Fisichella (It) Force India 0, 18 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India 0, 19 Nelson Piquet Jr (Br) Renault 0, 20 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams 0
Manufacturers: 1 Brawn GP 112pts, 2 Red Bull 92.5, 3 Toyota 34.5, 4 Ferrari 32, 5 Williams 20.5, 6 McLaren 14, 7 Renault 13, 8 BMW Sauber 8, 9 Scuderia Toro Rosso 5, 10 Force India 0