For the first half of the German Grand Prix
, Kimi Raikkonen looked nearly unstoppable, extending his lead out to more
than 10 seconds. Then his McLaren
quit running due to a hydraulic failure on lap 36. This would eventually lead
to quip, "we all know that the race is 70 laps long [err, actually this one was only 67 laps -
ed], and you don't get any prizes for being fastest until half-distance", but not until he won the race with his
. This extended his points lead out by another 10 points to 36 over Raikkonen, which makes it highly likely that
Alonso will finish this session as the world champion. The race started messy, and, well, pretty much stayed that way.
Juan Pablo Montoya finished second, with Jenson Button
coming in third place.