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The next F1 race is in Hungary on July 28. In the meantime you can get all the post-race news from the Nurburgring by heading over to the F1 channel on Crash.net. Thank-you and goodbye
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And yes, our tip was right – how did you do?
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And that's about it from the German GP LIVE on Crash.net. We hope you enjoyed it...
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Constructors’ points (top 6) post-German GP: 1 Red Bull, 250; 2 Mercedes, 183; 3 Ferrari, 180; 4 Lotus, 157; 5 Force India, 59; 6 McLaren, 49
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Drivers’ points (top 8) post-German GP: 1 Vettel, 157; 2 Alonso, 123; 3 Raikkonen, 116; 4 Hamilton, 99; 5 Webber, 93; 6 Rosberg, 84; 7 Massa, 57; 8 Grosjean, 41
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Grosjean: It is good to be back on the podium. I thought I would have a chance at one stage with Seb. We deserved this...
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Raikkonen: We managed to do pretty well. We want to win, but today we didn't have the speed. But we have scored good points for two cars and are getting back to where we should be
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Vettel: It is unbelievable. I am very, very happy. We had a very solid controlled race. It is incredible to finally win in Germany. I am happy the race finished after 60 laps and not 61 or 62...
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Champagne time now...
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Vettel is handed the winners trophy
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Good news: It has been confirmed that the cameraman hit by a wheel is okay
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Vettel jumps for joy on the podium
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Alonso stops at the end after taking P4
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Alonso, Hamilton, Button, Webber, Perez, Rosberg and Hulkenberg round out the top ten
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Raikkonen and Grosjean complete the podium
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Vettel wins the German Grand Prix and take his first victory on home soil
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Vettel looks like he has it covered
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Hamilton gets Button for P5
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Final lap: Still Vettel...
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Lap 59: Raikkonen now within DRS range of Vettel
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Lap 58: Vettel's lead now 1.2secs
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Just two laps to go...
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Lap 57: Vettel's lead down to 1.6secs
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Lap 57: Grosjean is coming under increased pressure from Alonso
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Vettel leads by 2.1secs
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Lap 56: Here's the order: Vettel, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Perez, Webber and the rest...
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Hamilton is now up to 6th - has passed Perez
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Lap 55: Grosjean lets Raikkonen by
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Traffic now hindering the front runners
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Lap 53: Vettel now 2.1 secs up on Grosjean; Raikkonen's charge seems to have slowed...
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Lap 52: Vettel leads Grosjean by 2secs
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Lap 52: Lotus tell Grosjean not to hold up Raikkonen
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Lap 51: Here's the order: Vettel, Grosjean (+1.8s), Raikkonen (+3.4s), Alonso (+7.1s) and Button (+16.8s)
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Lap 51: Button passes Perez and moves up to P5
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Lap 51: Maldonado pits
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Lap 50: Hamilton passes Paul di Resta for eighth into T1
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Vettel re-takes lead. Raikkonen rejoins in 3rd
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Lap 50: Raikkonen pits, as does Alonso
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Of the top 12, Alonso, Maldonado, Hulkenberg and Rosberg have still to use the soft tyres - so must stop again
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Lap 48: Button pits now, re-joins in 6th
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Lap 46: Here's the order again: Raikkonen, Alonso (+4.5), Button (+14s), Vettel (+15.1s), Grosjean (+16.8s) and Perez (+25.8s) (top 6)
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Hamilton rejoins in 11th and just outside the points
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Lap 46: Hamilton pits
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Grosjean now by Hamilton
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Lap 45: Vettel passes Hamilton (eventually!)
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Sutil pits
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Lap 43: Here's the order: Raikkonen, Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Vettel, Grosjean, Perez, Maldonado and the rest...
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Lap 43: Grosjean posts another fastest lap
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Red Bull tell Vettel: 'We still need to cover Raikkonen...'
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Vettel rejoins just ahead of Grosjean - and in P5
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Lap 41: Vettel pits, Raikkonen takes the lead
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Lap 41: Grosjean pits - rejoins in P6
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Hulkenberg on fresh tyres sets the fastest lap
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Lap 39: Vettel's lead back to 1.1secs
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Webber pits - no problems this time
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Lap 38: No change at the front. Vettel still in P1, with Grosjean and Raikkonen right behind. Alonso is 4.1s off the leader
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Lap 37: Hulkenberg pits - rejoins in 16th
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Then Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Perez, Maldonado and Sutil (top 10)
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Lap 36: Here's the order: Vettel, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Alonso and Button
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Lap 36: Perez passes Maldonado for P8
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Lap 34: Vettel's lead cut to 0.5secs
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Lap 33: Vettel, Grosjean and Raikkonen all posting similar laps at moment
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Alonso seems to be slipping back behind the top 3
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Raikkonen posts a new fastest lap
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Lap 32: Vettel leads is now 1.1secs
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Lap 31: Vettel leads Grosjean by 1 second
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Lap 30: Here's the order at the halfway stage: Vettel, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Alonso, Button, Hulkenberg, Hamilton and Maldonado (top 8)
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We are back racing as we go into lap 30. Vettel has got away well...
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Lap 29: Safety car coming in this lap
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The safety car has cost Hamilton as he stopped just before (slips behind Button and Hulkenberg as a result)
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Lap 28: Grosjean told by team radio: 'We are back on Plan A' (a two-stop we assume)
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Lap 27: Here's the top ten: Vettel, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Alonso, Button, Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Maldonado, Perez and Sutil
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Lap 27: Still under the Safety Car
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Jean-Eric Vergne has retired - hydraulic problem
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Slow stop for Bottas - problem with front right
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The safety car has picked up Vettel, who leads from Grosjean, Raikkonen, Alonso and Button (top 5)
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Lap 25: Grosjean and Kimi also pit... lots of cars in now to take advantage of the safety car
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Lap 24: Safety car out, Vettel pits...
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Lap 24: Bianchi's car is now free-wheeling down the track
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Lap 23: Big engine blow out for Jules Bianchi. He is out
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Hamilton rejoins in P8
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Lap 23: Hamilton pits - looks like he is on a three-stopper now
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Lap 22: Button pits for the first time
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Lap 21: Hamilton and Alonso battling for P5
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Vettel is 2secs up on Grosjean, Button is 9.3s further back...
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Lap 20: Here's the order: Vettel, Grsojean, Button, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Alonso (top 6)
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Lap 20: Alonso now closing on Hamilton
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Lap 18: Raikkonen passes Hamilton for P4, just after Lewis was complaining about his tyres
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Lap 18: Vettel leads... - 2.8s up on Grosjean
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Lap 18: Hulkenberg finally comes in for fresh tyres. Re-joins in P12
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Button and Hulkenberg have yet to stop
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Rosberg rejoins in 15th...
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Lap 17: Rosberg pits
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Grosjean is flying - posts fastest lap...
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Lap 15: The order is: Vettel, Grosjean, Button, Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Rosberg and Alonso (top 8)
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Grosjean passes Button
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Lap 15: Kimi Raikkonen passes Rosberg
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Lap 14: Vettel now leads from Button. Then it is Grosjean...
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Lap 14: Hamilton finally by Rosberg into T1
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Lap 14: Grosjean re-joins in 3rd
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Lap 13: Grosjean finally pits from lead...
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Lap 13: Hamilton still behind Rosberg
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Lap 13: Alonso pits...
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Lap 12: Mercedes remind Rosberg he is in a different race
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Lap 12: Hamilton complains he is being held up by Rosberg... 'Nico is in a different race'
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Webber incident to be investigated after the race (as an unsafe release)
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Webber has now rejoined but is well down after his problem...
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Lap 10: Here's the order: Grosjean, Alonso, Button, Hulkenberg and Vettel
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Webber is pushed back into his box...
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The wheel from Webber's Red Bull has hit a camera man
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Drama in the pits - Webber has lost a wheel...
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Lap 8: Webber now pits, as does Raikkonen
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Vettel has rejoined in 7th place, just ahead of Rosberg and Hamilton
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Perez pits too...
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Lap 8: Vettel pits. Webber now takes lead...
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Mercedes tell Lewis: 'Big push now Lewis, big push...'
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Lap 7: Lewis Hamilton in now for fresh rubber. Rejoins behind Rosberg...
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Lap 6: Ricciardo pits, as does Sutil and a few others
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Lap 5: Vettel leads from Webber, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Alonso. Alonso is already 10secs back...
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Lap 4: Vettel leads by 1.1s
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Paul di Resta pits - is released early into the path of Jean-Eric Vergne
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Massa is OUT - seems the anti-stall failed...
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Lap 4: Felipe Massa has spun at T1...
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Lap 3: Vettel leads by 0.9secs from Webber. Then it is Hamilton, Grosjean, Massa, Ricciardo, Alonso, Perez and Button
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Perez passes Button into Turn 1 and is now up to P9
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Ricciardo, Alonso, Button and Perez complete the top 10
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Lap 1: Vettel leads from Webber. Then Hamilton, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Massa...
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Bad start from Lewis Hamilton, drops to third. Sebastian Vettel leads from Mark Webber...
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We are GO! GO! GO! at the 'Ring
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The cars are forming up on the grid
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The field is off on the formation lap
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The race today is 60 laps long
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Less than 10 minutes to go now to start...
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Few last minute dramas for Lewis Hamilton. He had a fuel pump leak earlier and now his front brakes are smoking on the grid...
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It's national anthem time...
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It is nice and sunny at the Nurburgring - should be a dry race
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About 15 minutes to go now and the cars are being prepared on the grid...
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Our tip for the race: Always difficult to say of course, but Sebastian Vettel has to be the favourite. Dark horse? Probably Fernando Alonso or given where he starts, Nico Rosberg...
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Let’s hope Hembery is right...
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“Wear, degradation and performance are in line with our expectations and with dry weather expected again today, plus a wide variety of strategies at work, we should see a good race.”
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"We’re expecting most people to stop twice, with the emphasis on the medium tyre during the race: and that will be at the heart of the race strategy that the teams plan....
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“The soft tyre was definitely the tyre to qualify on but those who start the race on the medium tyre might be able to gain track position when the soft tyre runners come in for their first stop earlier than them.
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Pirelli's Paul Hembery adds: "There is a difference of over a second between the medium and soft compounds, which obviously had an effect on the chosen strategy for qualifying, as it will do during the race.
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Alternatively, for those starting on the medium, it could go as follows: Start on the medium and then change to the medium again on lap 27. Change for a mandatory final stop for the soft tyres on lap 54.
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Pirelli predicts: The quickest strategy for today’s 60-lap race is set to be a two-stopper. Start on the soft tyre, change to the medium on lap five or six, and then to the medium again on lap 32 or 33.
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So how many stops are we likely to get?
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Charles Pic will start last after a five-place penalty for a gearbox change. He had qualified 19th in his Caterham...
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Nico Rosberg will start down in 11th after a strategic mistake by his team. Paul di Resta, Sergio Perez, Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil round out the top 15
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Remember – the top six qualified on the soft compound tyres. Massa and Alonso used the harder medium tyres...
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Romain Grosjean, Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg will line up in positions 5 through to 10.
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Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen fill row 2
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Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel joins him on the front row, having been 0.103 seconds slower
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Lewis Hamilton will start on pole for Mercedes – for the second race in succession.
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Here’s a quick re-cap on qualifying...
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Ferrari (168), Lotus (124) and Force India (59) are 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. McLaren is only sixth with 37 points.
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In the Constructors’, Red Bull have 219 points on the board – 48 more than Mercedes (on 171)
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Kimi Raikkonen is third on 98, followed by Lewis Hamilton (89), Mark Webber (87) and Nico Robsberg (82).
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Vettel has 132 points, 21 more than Fernando Alonso in 2nd (on 111).
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Coming into the w/d Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull lead the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships
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Thankfully there have been no problems so far this weekend and the new Pirelli rear tyres (using a Kevlar construction as opposed to steel) seem to be doing the job. Fingers crossed it stays like that...
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Tyre talk has dominated the build-up to the race at the Nurburgring in the wake of all those failures seen last Sunday at Silverstone
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