Alonso leads home Ferrari 1-2 at Hockenheim

July 25th, 2010 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Hockenheim (Germany), July 25 (DPA) Fernando Alonso led home a Ferrari 1-2 in Sunday’s German Formula One Grand Prix at Hockenheim to register his first win since the opening race of the season in Bahrain.
The Spaniard’s 23rd victory of his career was assured when he passed teammate Felipe Massa on lap 49, just one round after the Brazilian was told in no uncertain terms on his team radio that Alonso was faster than him.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel started from pole position but had to be satisfied with third place after falling behind the two Ferraris in the opening corner.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, by contrast, jumped two places in the opening lap to eventually finish fourth ahead of defending world champion and McLaren teammate Jenson Button.

Mark Webber claimed sixth place in the second Red Bull, followed by Robert Kubica of Renault.

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher came home in eighth and ninth, respectively, while Renault’s Vitaly Petrov took 10th spot.

Hamilton now leads the drivers’ standings with 157 points from 11 of 19 races, followed by Button on 143. Vettel sits joint third with Webber on 136 while Alonso now has 123 points in fifth place.

The Formula One season continues next weekend with the Hungarian GP in Budapest.

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