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Images: Alonso leads controversial Ferrari one-two

Last updated on: July 25, 2010 23:07 IST

Alonso denies Massa emotional victory

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Fernando Alonso led a Ferrari one-two in the German Grand Prix on Sunday after denying Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa an emotional victory one year on from a near-fatal crash.

While the Spaniard celebrated his second triumph of the season, and 23rd of his career, it was accompanied by a whiff of controversy with Massa sent a veiled message to allow his team-mate through.

"So, Fernando is faster than you," Massa's race engineer Rob Smedley told the Brazilian on the 47th of the 67 laps after his driver had led from the start.

Alonso then passed two laps later, prompting Smedley to say to Massa: "Good lad. Just stick with it now. Sorry."

Massa's disappointment, evident at the finish when he shrugged off Alonso's attempted embrace as they stepped out of their cars, was matched by that of the home fans hoping to see Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel win from pole position.


Image: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso sprays champagne after winning the German Grand Prix on Sunday
Photographs: Reuters
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The one-two finish was Ferrari's second of the season

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The young Vettel made a poor start, with the Ferraris scything past on either side, and had to make do with third place.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton finished fourth to extend his championship lead over team-mate and reigning champion Jenson Button, who was fifth, to 14 points.

The one-two finish was Ferrari's second of the season after they placed in the same order in the Bahrain season-opener and re-established them and Alonso as contenders after a difficult run of races.

Sunday marked the first anniversary of the Hungarian Grand Prix accident that left Massa in a coma for days and fighting life-threatening injuries after being hit on the head by bouncing debris in qualifying.

The Brazilian missed the rest of the 2009 season, and has not won a race since 2008, but he gave it his best shot on Sunday.


Image: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium

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'This is ridiculous'

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Vettel, on pole for the sixth time in 11 races, moved aggressively to his right at the start to try and block Alonso, handing Massa a clear track to beat both of them into the first corner.

With the Ferraris one-two for the first 13 laps before Alonso pitted, the main thrill was the battle of wills between the determined Brazilian and a Spanish team-mate whose frustration became increasingly evident.

"This is ridiculous," Alonso was heard saying over the team radio as he tried, and failed, to squeeze past on lap 21.

When the double world champion, who will celebrate his 29th birthday in Hungary on Thursday, finally did get past, it was a muted success.

"That was as blatant as it comes. He might as well have put his arm out of the cockpit and waved him through," British driver Anthony Davidson told BBC radio listeners.


Image: Ferrari'S Fernando Alonso (centre) celebrates on the podium with team-mate Filipe Massa and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel

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Webber finishes 6th

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With Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren in a different race to the rest, Renault, Mercedes and Sauber scrapped for the remaining points.

Australian Mark Webber was sixth for Red Bull, Poland's Robert Kubica seventh in a Renault and followed by the Mercedes of Germans Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.

Russian Vitaly Petrov, his future with the team subject to considerable speculation, collected the final point for Renault in his first top 10 finish since April.


Image: Mark Webber

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Ferrari fined $100,000

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Ferrari were fined $100,000 by stewards on Sunday for the use of illegal 'team orders' in winning the German Formula One Grand Prix.

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) also said in a statement that the case would be referred to its world motorsport council for further consideration.

The team, whose drivers finished first and second after Brazilian Felipe Massa allowed Spaniard Fernando Alonso to overtake him, were found to have breached both the sporting regulations and code.

Article 39.1 of the sporting regulations states that "team orders which interfere with the result of the race are prohibited".


Image: Corinna Schumacher, wife of Michael Schumacher walks through the paddock before the race on Sunday

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No points but double finish for Force India

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For only the second time this season, Force India returned empty handed as Vitantonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil finished the German Grand Prix at the 16th and 17th place respectively in Hockenheim on Sunday.

The result also snapped Force India and Sutil's point-spree of the last six races.

Sutil's home GP, he was one of six Germans in the race, thus ended in sheer disappointment.

Points eluded Liuzzi for the third time in a row but he had the satisfaction of moving six places up after starting 22nd on the grid.

India's Karun Chandhok did not race as he was dropped by his team Hispania Racing for this GP, for whom Bruo Senna finished last and Sakon Yamamoto retired after 19 laps.


Image: Boris Becker (right) and his wife Lilly pose before the race on Sunday

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