This past weekend, the Formula One circus rolled into Eifel for the German Grand Prix. And though it was campaigned once again at the Nürburgring, the race was held on the GP-Strecke. The infamous Nordschleife hasn't been used for F1 racing since the early 80s, when it was deemed too dangerous for modern open-wheelers. But while they were on site, championship leaders Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber and their sponsor Infiniti didn't miss the opportunity for a little wheel-to-wheel action around the Green Hell.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance's premium marque that powers Seb's and Mark's Red Bull race cars put the duo on the Norschleife in a pair of Infiniti Ms, but here's the kicker: while Webber got the keys to the M37s sport sedan, Vettel climbed into the M35h hybrid.

So which driver had the advantage? Considering that Infiniti claims that the M35h is the world's quickest hybrid sedan and its most powerful car on the market – hitting 62 mph from a standstill in 5.5 seconds versus the conventional M37s' 6.2 – it looks like Vettel was set to get the jump on his elder wingman once again. Follow the jump to watch the video footage to find out.




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SEBASTIAN VETTEL AND MARK WEBBER GO HEAD TO HEAD AROUND THE NORDSCHLEIFE IN INFINITI ROAD CARS

Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber started their German Grand Prix weekend early this week, when they took each other on racing around the famous Nordschleife circuit in high performance Infiniti road cars.

The team mates, currently leading the Formula One World Championship, were given the keys to a 3.7 litre V6 Infiniti M37s and an Infiniti M35h – Infiniti's most powerful car to date and the fastest accelerating production hybrid in the world. They competed for one high speed lap around the legendary 14 mile (22.8km) track demonstrating truly Inspired Performance.


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      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of Vettel, but it's still disappointing for me for him not to win in Germany, his home country. Maybe, it's one of the reasons that the race is still on. Anyway, I think that M hybrid by infiniti will surely sell.
      phunkyphoxx
      • 3 Years Ago
      soooooo? what was the result anyway.... ???? Did i miss the point of this video or doesn't it have one?
      Julie Gould
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Philippe
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Lexus GS450h is faster than the m35h @ 0-60 (5.2 vs. 5.5) and has been around for like 5 years.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Philippe
        Infiniti's 5.5 seconds is to 100 km/h, which is 62.14 mph (and is arguably being conservative). That might not sound like a big difference, but many cars (especially hybrids since electric motors make maximum torque at low rpm) are quicker at lower speeds. When you are talking about tenths of a second difference, it changes things. The GS450h takes 6.2 seconds to get to 100 kph, so it is not faster. http://www.carmag.co.za/article/lexus-gs450h-2010-03-10
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great race, pity we only get a teaser. The hybrid car has the power and torque advantage, along with significant low end thrust, but the petrol only car would be lighter and more agile in the corners. I think that there really are only 2 hybrid road cars that get my attention as cars worth driving: The M35h (luxury sedan) and the Mugen CRZ (hot hatch). At least within the realm of reality, because the Porsche 918 and Jaguar CX75 both have shaky futures and astronomical price tags over the moon.
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a boring car......
      Marcin Karbowniczek
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ummmm, why use the M37S when the M56S is a closer competitor to the M35h? M56S is the most powerful car it has currently, not the M35h.
      bartman3786
      • 3 Years Ago
      They stopped racing on the Nordschleife after Lauda's accident in '76, not the early 80s.
      Bonziii
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big surprise, Webber was beat off the start....
      taz00cdb
      • 3 Years Ago
      what about the m56??
        Ken
        • 3 Years Ago
        @taz00cdb
        For what? The general consensus on the V8 in the M series is that it is overkill (thus the V6 outsells at about 6:1). Its not a track car, its not a hauler - its a luxury sedan. You just don't want to be left at the light next to a fusion or a malibu.
      action3500
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always wondered who's the target audience of these videos. An F1 drivers says full-size sedan is sporty, I def need to get one for the Ring, my Lotus in garage is not fit for the duty.
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