F1 German Grand Prix: Ferrari Dominates

The home fans were disappointed on Sunday as local bet Sebastian Vettel failed to take advantage of his pole position, losing to Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in the second-to-last race before the Formula One season goes into Summer break.

Vettel finished in third place, 5.1 seconds behind Alonso, who may have been deliberately allowed to overtake teammate Massa on the 49th lap. Massa, who led the race from the start after overtaking Alonso and Vettel, appeared to slowdown as he exited the hairpin on the 49th lap, allowing his teammate to speed ahead. Alonso was never challenged the rest of the way, with Massa finishing 4.1 seconds behind.

Current standings leader Lewis Hamilton came in fourth followed by McLaren teammate Jenson Button and Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who was saddled by engine problems. Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, and Vitaly Petrov rounded out the top ten.

The season will return with the Hungarian Grand Prix starting with the practice runs on July 30.

Hamilton still leads the drivers race with 157 points followed by defending champion Button at 143. Red Bull teammates Webber and Vettel are now tied in third place with 136 points each, with Alonso in fourth place with 123.