The LXXI Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland, otherwise known as the 2010 German Grand Prix, was the eleventh round of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 25 July 2010.[1][2] The race would see Fernando Alonso claim a controversial victory for Ferrari, after team orders saw Felipe Massa move aside for the Spaniard while leading.[2]

Qualifying had seen Sebastian Vettel secure pole position ahead of Alonso, the pair having been separated by 0.002s at the end of Q3.[2] Felipe Massa was best of the rest in third ahead of the second Red Bull-Renault of Mark Webber, while the two McLaren-Mercedes shared the third row.[2]

The start of the race would see Vettel make a mess of his getaway, narrowly avoiding stalling his engine as he aggressively swept across to block Alonso.[2] Alonso, however, had already bolted and would ease ahead of the German racer into the first corner, only for Massa to sweep past the pair of them on the outside.[2]

The rest of the start proved fairly clean, albeit with Button having to stamp on the brakes to avoid Vettel's Red Bull, until the field made it to the hairpin for the first time.[2] There, Jaime Alguersuari misjudged the amount of downforce he had while braking in the middle of the pack, and duly removed the rear wing from the back of teammate Sébastien Buemi.[2]

With that the race would begin to settle down, with Force India-Mercedes opting to stop both their drivers at the end of the opening tour, only to put Vitantonio Liuzzi's tyres on Adrian Sutil's car and vice-versa.[2] Elsewhere, Toro Rosso-Ferrari would retire Buemi due to damage, while Jarno Trulli would drop off the back of the field with a gearbox issue.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Massa was scampering away from Alonso at the head of the field, while both moved clear of third placed Vettel.[2] Indeed, the Red Bull was being seriously punished by a lack of top-end speed, although he was able to keep a very quick Hamilton at bay, with a similar battle behind being fought between Webber and Jenson Button.[2]

Those battles continued to the first round of stops, triggered when Vettel swept in for hard compound Bridgestones on lap twelve, an earlier stop then planned to try and get the German in clear air.[2] Ferrari responded with quick-fire stops for Alonso and Massa, Webber and Hamilton joining them, leaving Button in the lead and running at a faster pace then those that had stopped.[2]

Button eventually abandoned the lead on lap 22, and duly slotted in just behind Hamilton for fifth.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Massa and Alonso were exchanging blows, allowing Vettel, now in a safer third place, to close in as laps ticked away.[2]

The Massa and Alonso fight soon stagnated once Massa found some pace, although on lap 40 his advantage was all but eliminated when the Brazilian had trouble lapping the two Virgin-Cosworths.[2] Alonso hence closed right onto the back of his teammate and began asking for the team to aid him, for Vettel was also beginning to close the gap.[2]

On lap 48 Massa received a message from his engineer Rob Smedley, informing him that "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?".[2] On the following lap Massa moved aside to gift Alonso the lead into turn six, causing eyebrows to be raised, before Smedley apologised to his drive to set off a lasting rumble through the paddock.[2]

With that the race was run, for Alonso was able to ease clear of his teammate to claim victory while Massa kept Vettel at bay to secure second.[2] Behind, Hamilton and Button completed the top five ahead of Webber, while Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher and Vitaly Petrov completed the top ten.[2]

After the race the FIA, at the behest of several teams, would investigate Ferrari's radio messages, and duly concluded that there had been team orders, which had been outlawed since 2002 after the Scuderia's abuse of them.[2] The result was a $100,000 fine for Ferrari although the final race results would stand, and, after a series of appeals and discussions, led to the lifting of the ban on team orders for the 2011 season onward.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Lewis Hamilton had seen his Championship lead grow for a second time, as it once again doubled for the second time in two races. He hence left his home race heading a British one-two, twelve ahead of teammate Jenson Button, while Mark Webber was a further five behind in third. Sebastian Vettel was next, seven off the back of his teammate, while Fernando Alonso was fifth on 98 points.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had seen their advantage slightly reduced after their home race, heading into the second half of the season with 278 points. Red Bull-Renault were next, 29 points behind the leaders, while Ferrari had slipped 113 points off the lead in third. Mercedes were next ahead of Renault, while Toro Rosso-Ferrari had slipped to the bottom of the scorers list in ninth.

Entry List[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2010 German Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
19 Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Q1[edit | edit source]

Q2[edit | edit source]

Q3[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

The full qualifying results for the 2010 German Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:15.152 2 1:14.249 1 1:13.791 1
2 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 1 1:14.808 1 1:14.081 2 1:13.793 2
3 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 3 1:15.216 4 1:14.478 3 1:14.290 3
4 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 4 1:15.334 3 1:14.340 4 1:14.347 4
5 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 1:15.823 7 1:14.716 5 1:14.427 5
6 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:15.505 5 1:14.488 6 1:14.566 6
7 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 6 1:15.736 8 1:14.835 7 1:15.079 7
8 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 14 1:16.398 6 1:14.698 8 1:15.109 8
9 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 11 1:16.178 10 1:15.018 9 1:15.179 9
10 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 13 1:16.387 9 1:14.943 10 1:15.339 10
11 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 10 1:16.084 11 1:15.026 11
12 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 8 1:15.951 12 1:15.084 12
13 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 16 1:16.521 13 1:15.307 13
14* 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 12 1:16.220 14 1:15.467 19
15 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 15 1:16.450 15 1:15.550 14
16 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:16.664 16 1:15.588 15
17 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 9 1:16.029 17 1:15.974 16
18 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 18 1:17.583 17
19 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 19 1:18.300 18
20 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 20 1:18.343 23
21 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 21 1:18.592 20
22 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 22 1:18.952 21
23 20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain HRT-Cosworth 23 1:19.844 22
24* 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth NC 24
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Sutil and di Grassi were both issued with five place grid penalties for changing their gearboxes.[4]
  • Glock was handed two five place grid penalties: One for replacing his gearbox; the other for changing his gear ratios without declaring them.[4]

Grid[edit | edit source]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Sebastian Vettel 2
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 2 3 ______________
Felipe Massa 4
______________ Mark Webber
Row 3 5 ______________
Jenson Button 6
______________ Lewis Hamilton
Row 4 7 ______________
Robert Kubica 8
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 5 9 ______________
Nico Rosberg 10
______________ Nico Hülkenberg
Row 6 11 ______________
Michael Schumacher 12
______________ Kamui Kobayashi
Row 7 13 ______________
Vitaly Petrov 14
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 8 15 ______________
Jaime Alguersuari 16
______________ Sébastien Buemi
Row 9 17 ______________
Jarno Trulli 18
______________ Heikki Kovalainen
Row 10 19 ______________
Adrian Sutil 20
______________ Bruno Senna
Row 11 21 ______________
Vitantonio Liuzzi 22
______________ Sakon Yamamoto
Row 12 23 ______________
Timo Glock 24
______________ Lucas di Grassi

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

The full results for the 2010 German Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 67 1:27:38.864 2 25
2 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 67 +4.196s 3 18
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 67 +5.121s 1 15
4 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +26.896s 6 12
5 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +29.482s 5 10
6 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 67 +43.606s 4 8
7 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 66 +1 Lap 7 6
8 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 9 4
9 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 11 2
10 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 66 +1 Lap 13 1
11 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 12
12 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 8
13 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 10
14 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 14
15 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 15
16 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Ferrari 65 +2 Laps 21
17 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 65 +2 Laps 19
18 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 64 +3 Laps 23
19 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 63 +4 Laps 20
Ret 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 56 Damage 18
Ret 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 50 Suspension 24
Ret 20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain HRT-Cosworth 19 Gearbox 22
Ret 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 3 Gearbox 17
Ret 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1 Damage 16
Source:[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Lewis Hamilton would once again extend his Championship lead once again, moving fourteen clear of teammate Jenson Button at the head of the hunt. Behind, Button had inched away from the next duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, who had moved level on 136 points, but with the Australian ahead on three wins to the German's two. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, had moved closer to the lead group after his controversial win, with a 29 point gap back to Nico Rosberg in sixth.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had once again seen their lead reduced by a single point in Germany, leaving Hockenheim having broken the 300 point barrier. Red Bull-Renault had therefore moved 28 behind the Anglo-German alliance in second, while Ferrari had made more ground in third, moving onto 208 points after their one-two. Mercedes were next up in an increasingly lonely fourth, while Renault were just shy of the 100 point mark in fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 157
2 United Kingdom Jenson Button 143
3 Australia Mark Webber 136
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 136
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 123
6 Germany Nico Rosberg 94
7 Poland Robert Kubica 89
8 Brazil Felipe Massa 85
9 Germany Michael Schumacher 38
10 Germany Adrian Sutil 35
11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 29
12 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 15
13 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 12
14 Russia Vitaly Petrov 7 ▲1
15 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 7 ▼1
16 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 3
17 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 300
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 272
3 Italy Ferrari 208
4 Germany Mercedes 132
5 France Renault 96
6 India Force India-Mercedes 47
7 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 31
8 Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 15
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 '11. Germany 2010', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/allemagne.aspx, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 Matt Salisbury, 'Alonso takes controversial German win', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 25/07/2010), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/161906/1/team-order-controversy-returns-as-alonso-wins, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2010 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2010), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2010/races/870/germany/qualifying.html, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
  5. 'Germany 2010: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/allemagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
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