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German GP: Fernando Alonso takes pole position at Hockenheim
By Andrew Benson Chief F1 writer at Hockenheim

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took pole position in a thrilling wet qualifying session at the German Grand Prix.

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were second and third fastest, although the Australian will be demoted five places after a penalty.

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton qualified seventh and eighth but will start a place higher.

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher was fourth at his home race ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, also a German.

“We made a good strategy call doing a pit stop in Q3 and having very fresh tyres for the last few minutes and that helped us a lot improve the lap time”

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Williams's Pastor Maldonado was sixth, with Force India's Paul di Resta and Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen in ninth and 10th places and the first drivers not to benefit from Webber's penalty for a gearbox change.

Alonso and Ferrari were in imperious form in the wet conditions - the world championship leader did two laps fast enough for pole position and he ended up 0.405 seconds faster than Vettel.

Before the start of the final session, Alonso had said he felt the conditions were too wet for the cars to run.

He said: "It is good to check the circuit conditions and going into Turn 6 it was not easy for anybody.

"There was a lot of aquaplaning and we are doing 180mph there."

He said he felt he might have owed his pole to a decision to come in and fit fresh tyres for two flying laps at the end of the session.

"We made a good strategy call doing a pit stop in Q3 and having very fresh tyres for the last few minutes and that helped us a lot improve the lap time."
Season so far: in numbers

106 - The number of points separating Fernando Alonso from his teammate Felipe Massa. Hamilton leads Button by 42 and Mark Webber is just 16 points ahead of Sebastien Vettel.

Vettel said: "The lap was not completely clean. I think we had the pace to put the car on pole. I think the lap time was possible.

"We have to look at what Fernando said. Maybe that was a better way to do it. We are in the first row which should be good, starting the inside as well so we see what we can do."

At one point in the top 10 shoot-out Vettel was held up behind Webber and he complained on the team radio: "What is Mark doing holding me up?"

Afterwards, he said: "I lost the lap running into him but he had difficulty in these conditions and he probably didn't see me."

Webber said: "It was a very intense, tricky session for the drivers and engineers. It was a challenge for us. Sometimes to be in seventh gear wasn't possible, to use the Kers [power boost] wasn't possible. When you have wheelspin at 180mph it certainly gets your attention.

"But I was happy with my lap, I'm happy to be up here and from eighth we can still have a very good race."

Button complained that McLaren were still having problems getting their wet tyres up to operating temperature, an issue that has afflicted the team all season.

"The thing that really shows it's a weakness we need to improve on is that the pole position guy is three or four seconds ahead so he's obviously getting them [the tyres] working and we're not," he said.

Unlike Alonso, Raikkonen and Button, Hamilton did not come in for a fresh set of wet tyres for a couple of laps at the end of the session.

He had been fastest until three minutes from the end, when he started to slip down the field.

"I'm a bit disappointed with the end result of course," said Hamilton. "But we were looking good in Q1 in the dry and then in Q2 [in the wet] and it was looking OK and then at the end I don't understand how everyone went quite a bit quicker.

"We were a little bit unfortunate. Me and Jenson were the first two out and so we did our last laps first and the track just kept getting better and better.

"I had one lap at the end but I went straight off; it was like driving on ice for us.

"The great thing is we have big DRS down the back straight so hopefully we'll be doing a lot of overtaking [in the race]."
Last five poles at German GP

2011 - Mark Webber
2010 - Sebastian Vettel
2009 - Mark Webber
2008 - Lewis Hamilton
2006 - Kimi Raikkonen

Rain hit before the start of second qualifying, leading to a mad scramble for all the drivers to get out and set a time before the conditions deteriorated.

The big losers among the top teams were Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.

All failed to get into the top 10 shoot-out, which was particularly bad news for Grosjean and Rosberg.

They qualified 15th and 17th but will both drop five further places as a result of penalties for changing their gearboxes.
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McLaren eye German Grand Prix victory despite poor qualifying
By Andrew Benson Chief F1 writer at Hockenheim

McLaren believe they can win the German Grand Prix despite a disappointing qualifying performance.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will start sixth and seventh but the race is predicted to be dry, in which they have been fast.

Asked if he could finish on the podium, Button said: "We should aim for that. I think we should aim even higher."

Hamilton said: "Fortunately, we have a big DRS [overtaking zone] so hopefully we'll be doing lots of overtaking."

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael believes the team have "very competitive" pace in the dry. "All the data says we should have a very strong race car if it's dry," he said.

“The car is quicker in the dry and the race is supposed to be dry. I think we're in for a very good race”

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Asked if they could win, Michael said: "Yes, that's the aim."

McLaren's strong dry pace follows the introduction of a major upgrade package for this race, which includes new sidepods, brake ducts and diffuser.

Button said: "I think we should be happy with the progress we have made with the new package.

"For [tyre] degradation and outright pace we're strong but as soon as it started raining we knew we were going to struggle. I'm actually quite impressed we're this far up the grid.

"The car is quicker in the dry and the race is supposed to be dry. I think we're in for a very good race."

Both drivers struggled to get their tyres into the right operating temperature in the wet conditions - a problem that has afflicted them all season to a greater or lesser extent depending on the track and whether they are running 'extreme' wet or 'intermediate' tyres.

"We struggled with the wets here and been not bad on inters, and in Silverstone it was the other way around," Michael said.
Season so far: in numbers

0.44 - Lewis Hamilton has been almost half a second quicker (on average) than Jenson Button across the nine qualifying sessions so far

"There's clearly something we are not on top of when we get into the operating windows we see on wet tyres."

Button out-qualified Hamilton for the first time this season after coming into the pits for a fresh set of tyres for a final two fast laps in qualifying.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who took pole position, did the same, but Michael said the decision not to do the same with Hamilton - who was fastest heading into the final three minutes of the session - was not decisive.

"The way the session was run, with Jenson stopping for another set and Lewis continuing, showed you could have done either [and it not made a huge difference for McLaren]," Michael said.

"Alonso and Kimi [Raikkonen] went four to five seconds quicker and Jenson went 1.4 seconds quicker, so he didn't get the same gain as other teams did."
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Maria de Villota leaves hospital and returns to Spain

Marussia have confirmed that test driver Maria de Villota has left hospital and returned to Spain.

The 32-year-old hit a support truck at Duxford airfield earlier this month while testing and had two operations in hospital, losing her right eye.


Maria de Villota

Born in Madrid on 13 January 1980
A former World Touring Car Championship and Superleague Formula driver, she is the daughter of ex-Formula 1 racer Emilio de Villota
Her first taste of F1 came at Paul Ricard in 2011, when she tested a Renault R29
Since 2001, she has competed in various Spanish motor races
In 2010 she finished fourth at the Nurburgring in Superleague Formula
She holds a degree in sports science from the European University of Madrid

De Villota has spent the last 17 days in hospital, but has now been allowed to return home.

"Maria has left Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and returned directly to Spain," said Marussia in a statement.

"Over the course of the past two weeks, Maria has made significant progress.

"More comfortable and familiar surroundings, plus the support of her wider family and friends, will undoubtedly provide a more conducive environment in which Maria can commence the next phase of her recovery.

"The Marussia F1 Team - the staff, race drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic, and all those associated with the Team - wish Maria well with the next stage of her recovery."

De Villota had just completed a straight-line aerodynamic test and was returning to mechanics when her car accelerated abruptly and slammed into a team truck at helmet level.

Marussia said on Monday that an internal investigation had found that the car was not to blame.
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Hamilton wins at Monza

Last Updated: September 9 2012, 15:13 BST

Lewis Hamilton set aside speculation over his future to take victory in the Italian Grand Prix and refresh his hopes of Formula One world title glory.



After crashing out at the first corner of last Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix along with championship leader Fernando Alonso, and amid the saga of his contract negotiations with McLaren, Hamilton conjured a superb drive at Monza to claim his third win of the season and 20th of his career.

The Briton finished 4.3 seconds ahead of Sauber's Sergio Perez in second place, with Alonso giving the Ferrari fans plenty to cheer with third to establish a 37-point gap in the standings ahead of new second-placed man Hamilton.

The start was routine enough for Hamilton, a straightforward getaway, with no drama alongside Button after McLaren had celebrated the 62nd front-row lockout, and a new F1 record.

Instead, it was Ferrari's Felipe Massa who proved to be the biggest thorn in Hamilton's side as the Brazilian attacked going into the first chicane, Rettifilo.

Hamilton, however, just did enough to keep his old rival at bay, the duo avoiding a collision after becoming entangled on numerous occasions last season.

That allowed Hamilton to begin his march to victory as he was rarely troubled en route, losing the lead only momentarily when a one-stopping Perez managed to run through to lap 29.

Behind him was another masterclass of a drive from Alonso, who had started 10th in the wake of a disappointing qualifying when - with pole there for the taking - a rear anti-roll bar broke in Q3.

Alonso, however, made up three places on lap one, had moved past Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen on lap two, and soon after was running fifth when he cut his was past Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes.

That left him with reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in his sights, and it was not long before the duo were going head to head.

A failed pass into Rettifilo was soon followed by a brave move through the Curva Grande, one which Vettel defended with too much aggression as he forced Alonso on to the grass.

The stewards took a dim view as they handed the 24-year-old German a drive-through penalty, with his woes compounded later on when he retired along the pit straight with wisps of white smoke coming from his car.

Vettel was the second big-name retirement as hopes of a dream one-two for McLaren were scuppered when Button pulled off track on lap 33 complaining of a lack of drive.

Just a week after thrusting himself back into title contention with his win in Belgium, now 78 points adrift, the 32-year-old would again appear to be out of the reckoning.

Button's exit elevated Alonso to third, which unsurprisingly became second soon after when he eased past Massa, and at that stage two Ferrari drivers on the podium was on the cards.

But Perez suddenly put in a number of lightning laps. First he flashed by Massa - who went on to finish fourth - and soon after Alonso, making no mistake in contrast to Malaysia earlier this year when he threw away the prospect of a win with an error and with the latter in his sights.

If Vettel's retirement was bad enough for Red Bull, worse followed in the closing stages when team-mate Mark Webber dropped three places from seventh to 10th with a spin on to the grass, only to retire in the pits a lap from home.

The upshot leaves Hamilton as Alonso's nearest challenger, with Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen a further point down in third after the Finn today finished fifth, whilst Vettel is a further point adrift. Webber is now 47 points down overall.

A happy Hamilton said: "It's a fantastic win in front of the best crowd. I'm happy for the team. It's been the best day."

Perez was beaming from ear to ear as he said: "That was a great race for me for my team. It's unbelievable to get a podium in Monza. It's really special."

Taking the bulk of the cheers from the crowd, Alonso was content enough with third as he said: "It was a difficult race starting 10th, but we knew we had the quickest car, so to recover the way we did was good."

The Mercedes duo of Schumacher and Nico Rosberg were sixth and seventh, followed by Paul Di Resta in his Force India, the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi and Williams of Bruno Senna
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Korea GP Race Results

P Driver Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +1:36:28.651
2 Mark Webber Red Bull +8.200
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +13.900
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari +20.100
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus +36.700
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India +45.300
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus +54.800
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso +69.500
9 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso +71.700
10 Lewis Hamilton McLaren +79.600
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Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012

Pos Driver Team Grid Time diff. Pts

1 K.Raikkonen Lotus 4 1:45:58.667 25
2 F.Alonso Ferrari 6 +0.800 18
3 S.Vettel Red Bull 24 +4.100 15
4 J.Button McLaren 5 +7.700 12
5 P.Maldonado Williams 3 +13.000 10
6 K.Kobayashi Sauber 15 +20.000 8
7 F.Massa Ferrari 8 +22.800 6
8 B.Senna Williams 14 +23.500 4
9 P.di Resta Force India 12 +24.100 2
10 D.Ricciardo Toro Rosso 16 +27.400 1
11 M.Schumacher Mercedes 13 +28.000 -
12 J.Vergne Toro Rosso 17 +34.900 -
13 H.Kovalainen Caterham 18 +47.700 -
14 T.Glock Marussia 21 +56.400 -
15 S.Perez Sauber 11 +56.700 -
16 V.Petrov Caterham 20 +64.500 -
17 P.de la Rosa HRT 22 +71.700 -
RET C.Pic Marussia 19 +14 laps -
RET M.Webber Red Bull 2 +18 laps -
RET R.Grosjean Lotus 9 +18 laps -
RET L.Hamilton McLaren 1 +36 laps -
RET N.Karthikeyan HRT 23 +48 laps -
RET N.Rosberg Mercedes 7 +48 laps -
RET N.Hulkenberg Force India 10 0 -
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United States Grand Prix 2012
Pos Driver Team Grid Time diff. Pts
1 L.Hamilton McLaren 2 1:35:55.269 25
2 S.Vettel Red Bull 1 +0.600 18
3 F.Alonso Ferrari 7 +39.200 15
4 F.Massa Ferrari 11 +46.000 12
5 J.Button McLaren 12 +56.400 10
6 K.Raikkonen Lotus 4 +64.400 8
7 R.Grosjean Lotus 8 +70.300 6
8 N.Hulkenberg Force India 6 +73.700 4
9 P.Maldonado Williams 9 +74.500 2
10 B.Senna Williams 10 +75.100 1
11 S.Perez Sauber 15 +84.300 -
12 D.Ricciardo Toro Rosso 18 +84.800 -
13 N.Rosberg Mercedes 17 +85.500 -
14 K.Kobayashi Sauber 16 +1 lap -
15 P.di Resta Force India 13 +1 lap -
16 M.Schumacher Mercedes 5 +1 lap -
17 V.Petrov Caterham 21 +1 lap -
18 H.Kovalainen Caterham 22 +1 lap -
19 T.Glock Marussia 19 +1 lap -
20 C.Pic Marussia 20 +2 laps -
21 P.de la Rosa HRT 23 +2 laps -
22 N.Karthikeyan HRT 24 +2 laps -
RET M.Webber Red Bull 3 +40 laps -
RET J.Vergne Toro Rosso 14 +42 laps -
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Vettel seals title hat-trick

Last Updated: November 25 2012, 18:57 GMT

Sebastian Vettel rode a heartstopping rollercoaster of a Brazilian Grand Prix en route to becoming the youngest three-time Formula One world champion.

The race at Interlagos proved to be one of the most dramatic in the sport's history as the destiny of the title swung one way and then the other between Red Bull star and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

The conditions over Sao Paulo played havoc, resulting in a catalogue of incidents, not least Vettel dropping to last place after the first few corners following a collision with Williams' Bruno Senna.


But through drizzle, light rain, then heavy rain, multiple pit stops, it was Vettel who emerged the man, coming home sixth to finish three points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

The 31-year-old Spaniard could do no better than second behind race winner Jenson Button, his third victory of the season as McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton crashed out in his final race for the marque.

Vettel is now the ninth driver to become a triple world champion, and only the third - alongside Schumacher and Juan-Manuel Fangio - to win three in a row.

"It's difficult to find the right words - correct me if I'm wrong but there are only two guys who have done that before," said Vettel.

"You have to be in the right place at the right time, but you have to create your own luck for what is coming up.

"I don't know what to say. We're here in Sao Paulo, the place where he was born, came from and was buried.

"To come here and win the championship for a third time, I don't really know what to say. It's not sunk in. I've hardly had any time for myself.

"It's very difficult to find the right words because everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

"Imagine being the wrong way round on the first lap at turn four, but we kept the car damage to a limit.

"Then we lost the radio, then I did a pit stop at the wrong time. It was unbelievable, and with the conditions as well.

"So to be told I'm champion again was unbelievable, but unfortunately the guys couldn't hear my answer because the radio was broken!"

The race was utterly compelling and totally chaotic, in particular the start of the 71 laps which proved to be a disaster for Vettel, who has eclipsed the legendary Ayrton Senna's record.

From fourth on the grid, Vettel was relatively slow away and through the Senna curves the German had dropped to ninth.

The danger was obvious and it soon materialised as he was tagged by Senna, sending him into a spin and facing the wrong way.

Vettel was fortunate none of those he could see approaching him ran into his car, allowing him to spin his way back on to the track, but running at the back of the pack.

Vettel believed at the time he would have to return to the pits, his voice seemingly cracking with emotion, perhaps fearing his hopes of history were disappearing.

The information, however, from Red Bull was that the damage to the floor on the left-rear of his car was not reparable, but he could carry on.

Sensationally, after six laps as pandemonium exploded all over the track given the greasy conditions with light rain falling, Vettel was back up to eighth.

Ahead of him, following a stunning move into turn one at the start of lap two on Red Bull's Mark Webber and Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa, Alonso was third, the minimum required for him to take the title.

Those first few laps were almost impossible to call such was the amount of action that unfolded as positions and the championship chase swung like a pendulum.

The second Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Lotus' Romain Grosjean also departed as the rain grew in intensity, sparking a flurry of pit stops to take on the intermediate Pirelli tyres to aid grip, notably Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel.

However, Button and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg stayed out on their dry rubber, the latter eventually leading a race for the first time in his career at the start of lap 19 when he passed the Briton into turn one.

When those behind were forced to switch back to dry tyres given the intermediates began to wear, Hulkenberg and Button found themselves 45 seconds clear of a group led by Hamilton who had stopped twice.

But when Alonso complained over the radio of the debris on track from a number of incidents, within a couple of minutes the safety car was deployed to assist the marshals to clear the circuit.

In one fell swoop, Hulkenberg and Button's clear advantage was wiped out as the safety car stayed out for seven laps, returning after lap 29.

For a while a relatively straightforward race unfolded, with the odd incident spicing up proceedings, before the drizzle became heavier.

That was just before Vettel pitted for a third time, but in taking on another set of dry tyres, it soon proved a bad move.

At the same time Hamilton's McLaren career came to a sad end as he suffered a broken front-left suspension as Hulkenberg slid into him into turn one as they came up behind backmarkers.

As he walked back into the garage, Hamilton was given a standing ovation by the entire team given he joins Mercedes next season.

That allowed Button to take a lead he held on to through to the end, and whilst Alonso passed Massa for second, it was not enough given Vettel was seventh at the time, which soon became sixth when the retiring for a second time Michael Schumacher allowed him by with a few laps remaining.

At the end of lap 70 Force India's Paul di Resta spun in the heavy rain, crashing into a wall on the final turn, so bringing out the safety car for a second time and effectively ending the race.

It allowed Button the victory, and more crucially, Vettel his third world title.

Without the title-winning driver on the podium in Vettel, it was at first left to Alonso to sum up his feelings about being runner-up again.

Alonso said: "I feel very proud of my team and of the season we have had.

"We have lost the championship now, but not here in Brazil, instead in some other other races (Belgium and Japan when he was involved in first corner accidents).

"When you do do something 100 per cent you have to happy and proud for the team, and we will try again next year."

As for race winner Button, he said: "I want to congratulate the whole team.

"This is the perfect way to end the whole season, and it bodes well for 2013."

Behind Alonso, team-mate Felipe Massa was third, followed by Webber and Hulkenberg ahead of Vettel, with Schumacher at least ending his six-race barren run - the worst of his 308-race career - with points for seventh.

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne was eighth, Kobayashi ninth and then Raikkonen 10th, whilst crucially Caterham's Vitaly Petrov was 11th ahead of Marussia's Charles Pic.

With the Russian in such a place it allowed Caterham to claim 10th spot in the constructors' championship, and with it the millions of pounds that come with it, edging out Marussia at the death.

Alonso added: "It was good, what we wanted with the mixed conditions, and one of the most difficult races we have ever driven.

"There was a lot of risk to crash and have an accident, which we could not afford because we needed a podium finish to have any chance.

"We started seventh and finished on the podium one more time, as usual, which can only be achieved by perfection from the team.

"We came here hoping for a little miracle, and we had this little present of fighting for the title through to this race.

"It didn't quite happen, but thanks to the team for a perfect season."

Button, meanwhile, said goodbye to Hamilton as he said: "It is sad Lewis is not here in his last race for the team

"I'd like to bid him farewell and I hope he has a good career with his new team

"Also congratulations to Sebastian. Winning three in a row is very impressive."
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