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Jul 7, 2013

Motor racing-Radio silence for Raikkonen, Mercedes fall away

NUERBURGRING, July 7 (Reuters) – Kimi Raikkonen had to contend with a faulty radio as he tried to chase down German Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel but the Lotus driver was far happier than his Mercedes counterparts after they flopped in the team’s home race.

The Finn made a late switch of tyres in a bid to prevent the world champion and current leader from winning his home race for the first time but came up just short on Sunday.

Jul 7, 2013

Motor racing-Alonso backs strategy and title hopes

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 7 (Reuters) – Fernando Alonso has seen too much drama in Formula One to rule out another championship bid despite rival Sebastian Vettel taking maximum points in Germany and Ferrari’s bold tyre strategy only partly working.

The Spaniard finished fourth on Sunday to stay second in the standings as Red Bull’s triple world champion won for the first time at home to extend his overall lead to 34 points.

Jul 7, 2013

Vettel finally wins at home and in July

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – World champion Sebastian Vettel was pushed all the way but finally tasted Formula One victory on home soil on Sunday in a German Grand Prix that sent him 34 points clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Championship rival Kimi Raikkonen was second for Lotus, only a second adrift, after a late tire change left him hunting down the Red Bull in a thrilling final few laps while team mate Romain Grosjean was third.

Jul 7, 2013

Motor racing-Vettel finally wins at home and in July

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 7 (Reuters) – World champion Sebastian Vettel was pushed all the way but finally tasted Formula One victory on home soil on Sunday in a German Grand Prix that sent him 34 points clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Championship rival Kimi Raikkonen was second for Lotus, only a second adrift, after a late tyre change left him hunting down the Red Bull in a thrilling final few laps while team mate Romain Grosjean was third.

Jul 6, 2013

Vettel prepares for long haul on home asphalt

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – The Nuerburgring is famous for its 21-kilometre long Nordschleife circuit and although Sunday’s German Grand Prix will be raced on the much shorter new track, world champion Sebastian Vettel is in for the long haul.

The German Red Bull driver, who leads the standings as he bids for a fourth straight Formula One title, was beaten to pole position by Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes but believes his home race is far from decided.

Jul 6, 2013

Alonso upbeat despite eighth place on grid

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – Fernando Alonso qualified only eighth on the grid for the German Formula One Grand Prix but the Spaniard looked on the bright side of a sunny Saturday, trusting in Ferrari strategy to make up places in the race.

The double champion is second behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel after eight of 19 races and his chances of cutting the 21-point gap on Sunday looked remote after the German triple titleholder and current champion qualifed second.

Jul 6, 2013

Motor racing-Vettel prepares for long haul on home asphalt

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 6 (Reuters) – The Nuerburgring is famous for its 21-kilometre long Nordschleife circuit and although Sunday’s German Grand Prix will be raced on the much shorter new track, world champion Sebastian Vettel is in for the long haul.

The German Red Bull driver, who leads the standings as he bids for a fourth straight Formula One title, was beaten to pole position by Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes but believes his home race is far from decided.

Jul 6, 2013

Motor racing-Alonso upbeat despite eighth place on grid

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 6 (Reuters) – Fernando Alonso qualified only eighth on the grid for the German Formula One Grand Prix but the Spaniard looked on the bright side of a sunny Saturday, trusting in Ferrari strategy to make up places in the race.

The double champion is second behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel after eight of 19 races and his chances of cutting the 21-point gap on Sunday looked remote after the German triple titleholder and current champion qualifed second.

Jul 6, 2013

Mercedes own up to Rosberg mistake

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – Mercedes were left red-faced at their home German Grand Prix on Saturday despite Lewis Hamilton seizing pole position after they admitted to making a huge mistake with angry team mate Nico Rosberg.

With top director Ron Howard visiting their pitlane garage for the day, Mercedes enjoyed and endured all the drama of a Hollywood movie in qualifying.

Jul 6, 2013

Motor racing-Mercedes own up to Rosberg mistake

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 6 (Reuters) – Mercedes were left red-faced at their home German Grand Prix on Saturday despite Lewis Hamilton seizing pole position after they admitted to making a huge mistake with angry team mate Nico Rosberg.

With top director Ron Howard visiting their pitlane garage for the day, Mercedes enjoyed and endured all the drama of a Hollywood movie in qualifying.