McLaren delight as Ferrari finally challenge Red Bull
It's taken the normally dominating Ferrari team TEN formula one races to get their F10 Scuderia up to speed, and it's come at just about the perfect time for McLaren.
The Woking outfit have struggled in Germany this week ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix and were looking like sacrificing the big points to Red Bull, but it's the boys in Rosso Red who have stormed in to save the day.
Spain's Fernando Alonso (2/1 in the German Grand Prix outright betting) and Brazilian Felipe Massa (12/1) have worked their magic beautifully this week in Germany and with the Scuderia finally up to pace - Fernando Alonso will be starting the German Grand Prix from second on the grid with Massa in a fantastic P3.
Red Bull constructors championship backers now have twice the reason to think their bet may be under the cosh - as for the first half of the season at least, this has been a two horse race. The prancing horses of Ferrari have now joined the party and with half a season left - their 113 point deficit can easily be closed.
"After ten races (we) fought for pole position. After the latest developments that have been brought the car worked perfectly, we have recovered much ground in the last few races" said Alonso after his German qualification.
"The race tomorrow will be very interesting for the first time we can fight one on one against Red Bull. We must thank the team because in the last few races have been amazing developments in the car, we has been a very strong position in terms of speed, we will try to use it, and hopefully tomorrow we are the two Ferraris on the podium. "
"We have reason to be happy we are in the front row for the first time this season. The points do not play on Saturday morning. Repeats a good day to get the maximum number of points. The team is moving in the Grand Prix and we are both in the top three, "he said.
"The F10 works very well in this circuit" added Felipe Massa
"I am satisfied with this third position is a good position for the start of the race," said the Brazilian. "That gives us the chance to get enough points for the team, because we have lost too many in recent races."
Massa said he was confident of ending the losing streak that has dragged the team of the 'Prancing Horse' in recent grand prix. "We hope to end this losing streak going back to Canada here in Germany."
Ferrari explained their problems in getting the pole position, something that has failed this season. "The difference between my time and the first two is due to the fact that I never managed to make a perfect last lap. Yesterday we saw that our pace was competitive and try to do the same tomorrow," the Brazilian has broached. In addition, Massa said he was confident in the possibilities of his car because "in this circuit, with several slow corners where it is important to have a car that stops well, the F10 seems to work very well."
So the top 10 on the grid for Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Hockenheim ring looks like this;
|Grid Position / Outright Price||Driver||Team||Time|
|P1 - 10/11||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing||1:13.791|
|P2 - 2/1||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari-Scuderia||1:13.793|
|P3 - 12/1||Felipe Massa||Ferrari-Scuderia||1:14.290|
|P4 - 17/2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing||1:14.347|
|P5 - 16/1||Jenson Button||McLaren||1:14.427|
|P6 - 14/1||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren||1:14.566|
|P7 - 66/1||Robert Kubica||Renault||1:15.079|
|P8 - 100/1||Rubens Barrichello||Williams||1:15.109|
|P9 - 100/1||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||1:15.179|
|P10 - 150/1||Nico Hulkenberg||Williams||1:15.339|