Fernando Alonso became the first driver to win three races this season with a dominant victory in a thrilling German Grand Prix but who was your Driver of the Day?
Looked quick in dry conditions on Saturday morning as he topped the times in third and final practice. Carried that form into a wet qualifying to secure his second pole position of the season. Made a lightening getaway from pole and controlled the race in the first two stints. Was put under pressure by Jenson Button in the final stint, but resisted the McLaren’s attack and then kept enough in reserve to pull away in the closing laps and secure his third win of the season and 30th of his career, one less than 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell.
Topped the opening session of the weekend, but struggled to get his tyres working in wet conditions and could only qualify seventh which became sixth with Mark Webber’s five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, one place ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Made a good start and rose up to fifth in the early stages before putting good moves on Nico Hulkenberg and Michael Schumacher at the hairpin to rise up to third. Slick pit work got him out ahead of Vettel for second before pursuing leader Alonso. Lost a position to Vettel on the penultimate lap but got second back after the race when Vettel was penalised by 20-seconds for an illegal pass.
Looked good in Friday practice but struggled in wet conditions and could only qualify 10th. Showed good race pace and supreme race-craft, including a brilliant move on Paul di Resta early in the race. Ran the first two stints on the soft tyre which allowed him to climb up the first to fourth, finishing 16 seconds off leader Alonso. Promoted to third after Vettel’s penalty for his fourth podium of the season. Moved up to fourth in the championship with 98 points.
Struggled in wet conditions in qualifying and failed to make it into Q3. Started 12th and showed that the Sauber had good pace in the dry, quickly rising up into the top 10 with some bullish moves. Ran deep into the race which helped him move up the order before crossing the line to finish fifth, one place ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez. Promoted to fourth after Vettel’s penalty to score good points and strengthen the team’s grip on sixth place in the constructors’.
Like his Sauber team-mate Kobayashi, struggled for pace in qualifying and started a disappointing 17th. Showed impressive pace and made up seven places in the first 10 laps. Thought he had a puncture which forced him into an early pit stop, but battled back up the field with some good overtaking moves to finish a strong sixth.