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Last weekend's rain soaked European Grand Prix at Germany's Nurburgring saw many of the drivers aquaplaning out of control early on in the event. Rain started in just the second lap of the race and it had to be restarted by the fourth lap due to dangerous conditions. By the time the race restarted the rain had stopped and the track dried up quickly.

Fernando Alonso managed to take the top spot on a day where it seemed that anyone could win, but even he suffered a hitch during the closing laps as he tried to overtake Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who was in first place. Massa's front wheel grazed the side of Alonso's McLaren and this led to a heated argument between the two post-race.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was one of the drivers who slid off the track in the beginning, but he was given a lifeline when his car was lifted by crane back onto the track. A poor decision to switch to dry tires too early after the rain had stopped saw him spin out again. This left him out of contention of a podium finish, and at the end the rookie came at in 9th place.

The major disappointment was pole sitter Kimi Raikkonen being forced to retire because of mechanical problems with his Ferrari. This allowed the competent Mark Webber to cruise into the third spot to gain his first podium finish at Red Bull racing. Another disappointment were the BMW boys, with sixth placed Nick Heidfeld hitting the side of team-mate Robert Kubica and then doing the same again with Ralf Schumacher.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doh! It should read, "...the rest come quite easily."
      • 7 Years Ago
      The rain threw a huge monkeywrench into the strategy. We actually had a Spyker leading the race! (well at least to the first corner after it went back green). A five car parking lot at the end of the first turn in that deluge. The safety car nearly gets taken out by Liuzzi.

      It gets dry then the rain comes back again. Kimi runs out of gas (I guess). Massa can't hold off Alonso. Just a lot of wild things happening.

      Then to top it all off, we get a verbal confrontation between Alonso and Massa in Italian.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      was extrem interesting race with a longe time missed wheel to wheel fight for the first place. Alonso showed that he is for a good reason 2 time World champion. Fun for Markus Winkelhock to get in his first F1 race from last place to first place in the first lap ... Spyker played a game and had won it .. unfortunatily he had no chance as the other switched to rain tires too..
      • 7 Years Ago
      I watched the race live on speed channel and there is no question Massa intentionally drove into him. It was an extremely risky move on Massa's part that could have easily ended badly for both of them. With as much video of it, I am really surprised Massa is not going to be in any way penalized.

      As far as the Heidfeld/Schumacher incident, to me it looked like Heidfeld was under Schumacher on the inside and Schumacher just didn't know it and came to far into the corner causing them to touch. Thats not Heidfeld's fault.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny thing, since Massa speaks portuguese and Alonso spanish. ;)

      Kimi didn't run out of gas: the hydraulic system began to malfunction, and he finally was forced to stop.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yep. Once you learn one of the romance languages, the come quite easily. Plus, in Europe, everyone speaks at least two languages.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess they both know Italian from competing earlier in their careers in the lower Formulas in Italy. I think I heard that Massa speaks 5 languages. Alonso probably speaks many languages also.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aww darn, I was so busy I totally forgot about the race last weekend! It sounded so exciting that I can't believe I missed it! If only I had like.... TiVo or the Apple TV thing, it would have been possible for me to record it. I'd like to know the finishing positions of every F1 car, if anyone cares to post. Oh, and was it the WHOLE 13.something mile track of the Nurburgring?!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, that sucks for Raikkonen for being in 14th place. But anyway, thanks for replying with the race results =)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great race. So many of the best race over the past few years have come in the rain. Funny thing what reduced tire grip and aero advantages will do for the racing.

      And Kimi ran out of gas, literally. The failure was in the pits.

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