While all the attention was elsewhere Williams quietly reached a sad centenary of races without a win.
And while Felipe Massa is yet to win a race in 2010 he has led more laps than team mate Fernando Alonso, who scored his second win.
More stats and facts from the German Grand Prix below.
Fernando Alonso’s 23rd career win means he is now firmly a member of the top ten most prolific winners.
It puts him level on victories with Nelson Piquet and he has one fewer than Juan Manuel Fangio. Alonso reached this mark in his 150th Grand Prix.
With Felipe Massa following him home in second this was Ferrari’s 81st one-two finish.
Sebastian Vettel started from pole position for the third race in a row and the 11th time in his career.
He secured pole by just two thousandths of a second over Alonso. The last time pole position was won by a similarly small gap was when Kimi Räikkönen beat Michael Schumacher in qualifying at Monza in 2006 by the same margin. Coincidentally, that was also Räikkönen’s 11th pole position.
Vettel also set the fastest lap, his fifth, meaning he has as many as Giuseppe Farina, Carlos Pace, Jody Scheckter, Didier Pironi, John Watson, Michele Alboreto, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. This was also the tenth fastest lap for Red Bull.
Williams reached a depressing milestone: they have now appeared at 100 F1 race weekends since their last victory. They didn’t start one of those races, which was the 2005 United States Grand Prix. Their last win came at Interlagos in 2004, courtesy of Juan Pablo Montoya.
Adrian Sutil failed to finish in the points having scored in the last six races.
Sakon Yamamoto became the first driver to use two different numbers in one season while driving for the same team since Ricardo Zonta with Toyota in 2004.
Massa led a race for the the first time this year. Interestingly, he’s led more laps than his team mate. Unusually, Red Bull didn’t lead a single lap of this race.
Times started ahead of team mate
Robert Kubica extended his qualifying domination at Renault to 11 races.
|Pos||Driver||Times out-qualified team mate|
|10||Pedro de la Rosa||6|
|23||Lucas di Grassi||1|
Massa has the most mileage.
|21||Lucas di Grassi||411|
|22||Pedro de la Rosa||372|
Does not include drivers who retired from races but were still classified (e.g. Lewis Hamilton in Spain and Fernando Alonso in Malaysia).
|Pedro de la Rosa||5||2||7|
|Lucas di Grassi||5||1||6|
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