At the German Grand Prix, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton came out on top as he outdid Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Mark Webber at the Nurburgring. This is Hamilton’s first grand prix win since China last April.
Red Bull considers Webber’s third place finish as its best result for the race as championship leader Sebastian Vettel took the fourth place after he had been at close odds with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa during the race. Webber didn’t have a smooth start as Hamilton had immediately swept past him and the two Ferraris of Alonso and Massa were beside him at Turn 1.
But then, neither Ferrari driver got through. While Alonso kept his position at third right before Vettel, Massa was edged out and then fell to sixth place behind Nico Rosberg. Vettel beat out Alonso for third place when the Ferrari ran wide in the first complex on lap two.
However, six laps later, the Silverstone winner was able to successfully retaliate into Turn 1. Moments after, Vettel lost his lead when he brushed the damp white marker line under braking for Turn 10 and went into a spin.
He was able to rejoin immediately without falling below the ranks but by then, the first three were already quite far. Webber became the first to pit on lap 14. Initially, he got delayed by the traffic but as soon as he got clear, he set new fastest sector times.
So when Hamilton and Alonso pitted in unison on lap 16, they got out right behind the Red Bull driver. When Massa came in for his first tire change, Webber led the lap for the first time in 2011.
However, he wasn’t able to get Hamilton and Alonso off his tail. Webber remained as the leader and was the first to arrive when the second stops started on lap 30, with Hamilton and Alonso following in the next two laps.