Mark Webber Celebrating his win at the 2009 German Grand Prix

Red Bull Finish 1, 2 at Nürburgring

by F1Fan on July 13, 2009

The infamous weather at the Nürburgring was not a huge factor in the results with the forecasted rain holding off for the race.

Mark Webber Celebrates win at Nürburgring

MArk Webber Celebrating win at Nurbergring

For the second time in the last two races Red Bull Racing dominated the field, with Webber having an outstanding day, completely out driving everyone else on track and easily claiming the win over his team mate Sebastian Vettel, even though Webber had to serve a drive through penalty for contact with Rubens Barichello (Brawn GP) at the start of the race.

While the Brawn GP drivers Rubens Barichello and Jenson Button qualified well in second and third positions on the grid behind Weber on Pole, the Fuel loads when published told the real story and were a predictor of the final race results. Weber and Vettel were significantly heavier, carry many laps more fuel which allowed them to drive longer in the first stint and gap the Brawn Gp cars.

Red Bulls fuel strategy and pace combined with the continued tire problems and resultant handling issues that plagued both Brawn Gp cars throughout the race, Button and Barrichello both struggling to get heat into the tires and suffering sever graining on the softer compound tire just couldn’t match the Red Bulls race pace.

The McLaren of Lewis Hamilton was performing much better over the race weekend, the new modification to the car significantly improving its handling and resultant pace. Hamilton made a blistering start coming up from the third row on the grid to challenge for the lead into the first corner. Cold tires caught him out and he ran very wide going through the first corner loosing all the positions he had gained but even more of a disaster for Lewis he suffered a puncture and had to return to the Pits very slowly for new tires which effectively ended his race. Heikki Kovalainen’s MP4-24 didn’t have all of the new modifications but even so managed to claim the last point earning position, a significant improvement over the first half of the season.

Felipe Massa also had a great race for Ferrari scoring only their second podium position for the season so far finishing 3rd. His team mate Kimi Raikkenon’s string of bad luck at the German Grand Prix continued, suffering engine problems which took him out of the race.

Nico Rossberg also had a great race finishing 4th the highest position for Williams and Nico so far this season.

Not everyone was so lucky, Adrian Sutil after qualifying well was having a great race and looked as though he was easily going to score the first points of the season for Force India, when he collided with the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen as he reentered the track after his last pit stop, damaging the front wing on his car.

So the second half of the season looks to be tightening up, with Ferrari and McLarens performance improving, Williams finally posting some good results and Brawn Gp seemingly loosing their domination.

Hungary is next, I expect Jenson Button and Rubens are praying for hot weather, unless Brawn GP can get the tires working better, its going to be a tough second half of the season.

German Grand Prix Results (Top Eight)

PositionDriverTeamPoints
1AustraliaMark WebberRed Bull Racing10
2GermanySebastian VettelRed Bull Racing8
3BrazilFelipe MassaFerrari6
4GermanyNico RosbergWilliams5
5GBJenson ButtonBrawn Gp4
6BrazilRubens BarrichelloBrawn GP3
7SpainFernando AlonsoRenault2
8FinlandHeikki KovalainenMcLaren1
Updated July 13, 2009
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{ 2 comments }

Conrad July 15, 2009 at 8:03 am

How come he isn’t pouring Red Bull instead of champagne?

F1Fan July 15, 2009 at 9:52 am

Tradition!!

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