The 2010 German GP will end up being remembered for one thing only. The Ferrari switch was one of the only real highlights that I can remember in the race other than the start.
Qualifying was incredibly close with Vettel somehow finding 0.002 of a second over Alonso to get pole position. However, that went to waste in the first corner as Massa and Alonso both breezed past the Red Bull car. It was almost a mirror image of the start at Silverstone in that Vettel was forced to try to defend his position to the second place qualifier and failing after a poor jump off the line.
He managed to hold on to third but he probably could have won if he had just held onto the lead on the first lap. With that said, Ferrari deserved the 1-2 finish, although it should have been happened without team orders coming into play.
Mark Webber had a pretty poor race as he qualified lower than he should have done in 4th after a mistake in his last flying lap cost him dearly. He qualified ahead of both McLarens but ended the race behind both of them. As far as McLaren, their race was a case of damage limitation as they clearly weren’t on the pace on this weekend. Jenson qualified 5th and Lewis 6th. However, on the first lap Jenson was forced to take evasive action which put him behind his team-mate for the rest of the race. He did pass Webber in the stops but couldn’t make further progress.
Renault and Mercedes’ cars filled the final 4 spots in the top 10 which is expected considering recent results. Williams weren’t able to continue their recent strong form with 12th and 13th. Kamui Kobayashi had a fairly strong result in 11th and was unfortunate to not gain a point. His team-mate De La Rosa was 3 places behind in 14th.
It was a pretty dismal race for Force India and Lotus. Liuzzi finished 16th after a crash in qualifying ruined his weekend with Sutil 17th. Both Lotus cars failed to finish. Only two cars from the new teams managed to finish the race: Timo Glock and Bruno Senna. Rounding out the results, Toro Rosso had a poor showing as well with Sebastian Buemi taken out in the first lap by losing his rear wing in an incident, and Alguersuari down in 15th.
Going back to the Ferrari situation, I don’t have a problem with the team winning, or even Alonso winning from Massa, but he has to earn it on the track and not be handed it in an illegal fashion. Massa should have been warned by his engineer to watch out for Alonso who was faster on the harder tire, and tried to keep him behind him for the rest of the race. If Fernando and possibly Vettel had caught up to Massa before the end then there’s no disgrace in that, but to manipulate the race result for a team benefit is just completely wrong. I also disagree with the people who are saying that the ban on team orders being unworkable in current F1. I would hate to see that rule being taken away because F1 needs to always be about pure racing whether it’s between competing teams or within teams and any other way just dilutes the sport to something not enjoyable.