Formula One -derland: Germany and Hungary

by Jamie Sanford on September 16, 2012

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The next two races on the calendar were Germany and Hungary.

Germany

There wasn’t a race in Hockenheimring in 2011, but I did get to experience it during my rewatch of the 2010 F1 season at the end of last year. The track is pretty amazing. Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso qualified in pole position and almost made it boring by staying at the head of the race for nearly the entire time. Luckily, everyone behind him was still interested in racing.

(Photo from Planet F1 – check out their whole gallery here)

So behind Fernando was Jenson Button (who I am always rooting for, I love Jenson) and Sebastian Vettel, and it was getting dirty. Lewis Hamilton had fought through the race after an unfortunate puncture early on and was accused of holding up the race leaders a chance to let Jenson catch up – which McLaren obviously denied. Very close to the end of the race, Vettel decided that he didn’t actually need to be on the track and went completely off in order to pass Jenson Button, and ultimately ended up on the podium in 2nd position. I WISH I had a photo of the little chat that Jenson had with Sebastian before the podium ceremony, where he said something like “you know the stewards are reviewing that move on me, right?” I guess Vettel (as always) thought he was in the right, but ended up with a 20-second penalty that moved his result into 5th position. Jenson finished second, and Iceman Kimi Räikkönen ended up in third. I know I would have waited another 5 minutes for the podium ceremony so that the penalty could have been decided, and so Kimi could have stood on the podium instead of Vettel.

(Photo from Planet F1 – check out their whole gallery here)

The glitterbombing was awesome though.

Hungary

The Hungarian track is called the Hungaroring, which is just fun to say, so big ups to Hungary.

(Photo from Planet F1 – check out their whole gallery here)

Lewis Hamilton could feel pole approaching (or something, this is the kind of unintentionally funny stuff that comes out of the mouths of our brilliant Speed channel commentators), and managed to start the race in pole position. Romain Grosjean made a strong showing and started second on the grid, pleasing Will who has Grosjean in his F1 Fantasy Team. (I have one too, no shame.)

Lewis and the Iceman led in the race, but Kimi was unable to maintain a lead over Lewis in the end, but did manage to stay past his teammate – although the Lotus team did manage a 2-3 finish, which is great for them. Lewis scored 25 points while previous leader Eyebrows Alonso finished sixth, earning points and maintaining his lead, but certainly seeing a bit of that cushion slipping away.

(Photo from Planet F1 – check out their whole gallery here)

Lewis always gives good poses and faces when he is in victory mode. I know that a lot of people think he is a whiny bitch, but I enjoy him quite a lot. I definitely have a thing for McLaren drivers.

Naturally, I will now show you the most amazing cartoon, called Tooned, which is being released by McLaren Animation. It stars Jenson and Lewis (well, the cartoon versions, who are adorable), and shows their adventures with testing all things Formula One. Enjoy!

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