Lotus Lose Out in Germany
German Grand Prix
F1 is once again on the rocks, Ferrari in alleged team orders allowing Fernando Alonso to win. But this isn’t about the big teams, all I care about is those plucky little new teams who have visited Hockenheim for the first time.
The rain affected first practice session saw some mixed up results, with Timo Glock finishing 12th quickest and Kovalainen in 15th. For qualifying it was issues for Virgin Racing however, Lucas di Grassi was unable to set a time and Timo Glock ended up with a ten place grid penalty for changing his gearbox. Jarno Trulli was quickest by a huge margin, and close too the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguesuari.
It was a bad start for Trulli though, suffering from a lack of 2nd gear saw him retire on lap 6. Sakon Yamamoto, who had replaced championship challenger Karun Chandhok for this race, lost a lot of time at the start, after he started with his pit lane limiter on.
Yamamoto didn’t last too long though, retiring on lap 21 for some reason. And it looked like a comfortable Kovalainen win too but he retired close to the end after hitting Pedro de la Rosa who was lapping him at the time. Lucas di Grassi retired after sliding off.
Only two drivers finished, interestingly nobody in the top 4 of the championship. Timo Glock finishing ahead of Bruno Senna. Making it the fewest amount of points awarded since Monaco, after a good run of form having only one car retiring.
|1||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||18th||10|
|4||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||Ret.||0|
Very little has changed in the standings after Germany. Kovalainen’s retirement and Chandhok’s lack of race seat sees the gap remain at one point. Timo Glock’s win sees him move up level on points to his team mate Lucas di Grassi and just three points behind Trulli. Senna moves closer to 4th with his six points but is safely in 6th. Yamamoto is stuck with the two points.
|4||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||34|
|Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||34|
A great weekend for Virgin sees them move in front of Hispania for the first time this season. The two also start to close the big gap to Lotus and the poor reliability of the green cars sees the gap down to just 15 points.
It is the Hungarian Grand Prix in a weeks time and at the time of writing it is likely that Sakon Yamamoto will replace Karun Chandhok for another race, with Bruno Senna alongside. If Kovalainen ever has a greater chance of extending his lead it will be then. Reports are saying that we could even be seeing Christian Klien at one point too. The other teams look safe at least.