Fernando Alonso Storms to Victory at the 2012 German Grand Prix

By Patrick Allen
at Internationaled.org

Published: July 22, 2012

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The 2012 German Grand Prix was one of the best complete weekends that I have seen in a long time, from a fantastic qualifying, in which three different tyre setups were needed in three different stages, to the race, which contained close action right to the finish.

Fernando Alonso was able to take his third victory of the 2012 season and his second consecutive win at the Hokenheimring.

The weekend started with much promise, as the first three practice sessions provided different results in different weather conditions.

 

Qualifying

Qualifying began in dry conditions, but dark clouds were out in force.  There was a mad rush to get out and set a time early on.

The track may have been dry, but a heavy downpour between the third final practice and the start of qualifying had washed away a lot of the grip, and drivers struggled to keep their cars under control.

The first session was close, and there were some good last-minute laps from struggling drivers including Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, but the first seven drivers to fall by the wayside were predictable.  (Jean-Eric Vergne was the unlucky driver to join the "new teams" in the drop zone.)

Qualifying two was much better, as in the seven minutes between Q1 and Q2, the rain had begun to fall.  Clearly, the first few laps on intermediate tyres would be crucial.  The second session would be a fight involving a great deal of skill as well as a huge amount of luck.

The fight was close at the top and seemed to be between Schumacher, Alonso, the Red Bulls and the McLarens.  These six drivers all made it through with arguably more skill than luck.  However, both Saubers, Roman Grosjean and Felipe Massa all found themselves needing fast laps when the track was simply too wet to make a difference in the standings.

Nico Rosberg could do nothing to make an impact on the sessi...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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