Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Hockenheim, 2012

Top ten pictures from the 2012 German Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the German Grand Prix.

Bruno Senna, Friday practice

Bruno Senna, Williams, Hockenheim, 2012

Friday did not start well for Bruno Senna. He missed the drier first practice session as Valtteri Bottas was in the car.

Worse, the test driver backed his FW34 into the barrier in the Motodrom section. The Williams mechanics had it repaired in time for the second session, but by then the rain had begun to fall. Senna was the first driver out on the very wet track to check over his repaired car.

Jenson Button, Saturday practice

Jenson Button, McLaren, Hockenheim, 2012

McLaren brought an extensively upgraded MP4-27 to the tenth race of the season. Jenson Button was fastest in it on Friday but in the Saturday morning session he missed out on a chance to set a quick time on low fuel as the rain returned.

He ended that session slowest, but the work he’d done on race stints stood him in good stead for the race.

Michael Schumacher, qualifying

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Hockenheim, 2012

Michael Schumacher passes one of the vast grandstands at his and Mercedes’ home race.

His weekend got off to a less than ideal start when he crashed his Mercedes at turn 12 during the second practice session on Friday. He then had a scare in qualifying when he only just scraped through into Q2 by beating Jean-Eric Vergne.

But when the rain returned later in qualifying he found his form and set the fourth-quickest time.

Felipe Massa, qualifying

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2012

A disappointed Felipe Massa trudges back to the Ferrari pit during qualifying. He went off during his first effort as the rain came down in Q2, and missed a shot at qualifying in the top ten.

Sebastian Vettel, qualifying

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hockenheim, 2012

Sebastian Vettel had to give best to Fernando Alonso in qualifying for his home race. Although his wet tyres look fresh in this picture, Alonso’s were in even better condition as he’d put on a new set during Q3 to gain better grip and beat Vettel to pole.

HRT, race day

Dani Clos, Narain Karthikeyan, Pedro de la Rosa, Ma Qing Hua, HRT, Hockenheim, 2012

The HRT team including race and test drivers Dani Clos, Narain Karthikeyan, Pedro de la Rosa and Ma Qing Hua send their support to injured Marussia test driver Maria de Villota, who returned home to Spain last week.

Lewis Hamilton, race day

Narain Karthikeyan, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Bruno Senna, Hockenheim, 2012

Before the race Lewis Hamilton Tweeted this picture of himself with Karthikeyan, Massa, Alonso and Senna during the drivers’ parade.

Hamilton’s 100th race did not go well – he picked up a puncture on lap two and his race never recovered from there.

Felipe Massa, German Grand Prix

Start, Hockenheim, 2012

As the field streams out of turn one Massa has already lost his front wing hitting Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso. Behind him are Romain Grosjean and Senna, who are about to get tangled up with Massa and pick up damage which will spoil their races too.

Sebastian Vettel, German Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hockenheim, 2012

Vettel had plenty of support at home but he wasn’t able to repay it in the way he would have wanted. He snatched second place from Button on the penultimate lap but a few hours later the stewards decided the pass was illegal and relegated him to fifth place.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, German Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Hockenheim, 2012

On his way back to the pits Vettel told his team he’d “fought like a lion” but was unable to catch and pass Alonso.

As the top three arrived back in the pits Alonso asked Button “You couldn’t beat me?”, referring to the DRS zone, then pointed to Vettel and added “same with him”.

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