On this day in 2011 we saw an exciting fight between Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber while Sebastian Vettel had an unusually bad day in his dominant season as he qualified outside of the front row for the first time in 2011.

Vettel dominated the first year with Pirelli’s tyres in 2011 and 18 out of 19 races started out of the first row with 15 poles, but he was just third at his home race at Nurburgring, behind Webber and Hamilton.

In the race, Seb was also in the shadow of his teammate who finished third behind Hamilton and Alonso, who led an exciting battle after Alonso came out of the pits.

Hamilton and McLaren did not look good in practice, but with complete change in settings ahead of qualifying, Lewis found the rhythm and won the second starting place. In the race he drove brilliantly and celebrated in his most difficult season in Formula 1.

“Winning today is extremely positive for us, but we still have a lot of work. Today I had to try to do everything perfectly, be aggressive and control the situation.”

“It seems to me that the moves I’ve done today are some of my most accurate ever. Drive with my head, but with my heart it is a great pleasure.”

“The championship fight will be very, very, very difficult in this situation, but we’re back in the game and I really hope we can continue like this.”

Vettel had 216 points after 10 of 19 races, Webber 139, Hamilton 134 and Alonso 130. Red Bull led 355 points, and McLaren had 243.

STARTING GRID

1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:30.079
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:30.134 0.055
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1:30.216 0.137
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:30.442 0.363
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:30.910 0.831
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.263 1.184
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1:31.288 1.209
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India/Mercedes 1:32.010 1.931
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:32.187 2.108
10 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 1:32.482 2.403
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:32.215 2.136
12 15 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 1:32.560 2.481
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Cosworth 1:32.635 2.556
14 11 R.Barrichello Williams/Cosworth 1:33.043 2.964
15 17 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 1:33.176 3.097
16 19 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:33.698 3.619
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 1:33.786 3.707
18 20 H.Kovalainen Lotus/Renault 1:35.599 5.520
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin/Cosworth 1:36.400 6.321
20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus/Renault 1:36.422 6.343
21 25 J.d:Ambrosio Virgin/Cosworth 1:36.641 6.562
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT/Cosworth 1:37.036 6.957
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT/Cosworth 1:37.011 6.932
24 18 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso/Ferrari

RACE RESULTS

1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 60 1:37:30.334
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 60 1:37:34.314 3.980
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 60 1:37:40.122 9.788
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 60 1:38:18.255 47.921
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 1:38:22.586 52.252
6 14 Adrian Sutil Force India/Mercedes 60 1:38:56.542 1:26.208
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 59 1:37:36.053 1 lap
8 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 59 1:37:45.987 1 lap
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 59 1:37:54.841 1 lap
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 59 1:37:55.160 1 lap
11 17 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 59 1:38:08.511 1 lap
12 19 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso/Ferrari 59 1:38:14.571 1 lap
13 15 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 59 1:38:15.040 1 lap
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Cosworth 59 1:38:21.319 1 lap
15 18 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 59 1:38:52.794 1 lap
16 20 H.Kovalainen Lotus/Renault 58 1:38:10.881 2 laps
17 24 Timo Glock Virgin/Cosworth 57 1:37:51.795 3 laps
18 25 J.d:Ambrosio Virgin/Cosworth 57 1:38:02.125 3 laps
19 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT/Cosworth 57 1:38:28.184 3 laps
20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus/Renault 56 1:38:26.941 4 laps
(18) 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT/Cosworth 37 1:03:35.080 Electrical
(8) 4 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 35 58:09.515 Hydraulics
(14) 11 R.Barrichello Williams/Cosworth 16 27:13.629 Oil leak
(16) 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 9 15:20.587 Collision

Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton – 1:34.302 (lap 59)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 10/19 RACES

1 Sebastian Vettel 216   25 25 18 25 25 25 18 25 18 12
2 Mark Webber 139   10 12 15 18 12 12 15 15 15 15
3 Lewis Hamilton 134   18 4 25 12 18 8 12 12 25
4 Fernando Alonso 130   12 8 6 15 10 18 18 25 18
5 Jenson Button 109   8 18 12 8 15 15 25 8
6 Felipe Massa 62   6 10 8 8 10 10 10
7 Nico Rosberg 46   10 10 6 6 8 6
8 Nick Heidfeld 34   15 6 4 4 1 4
9 Vitaly Petrov 32   15 2 4 10 1
10 Michael Schumacher 32   2 4 8 12 2 4
11 Kamui Kobayashi 27   6 1 1 1 10 6 2
12 Adrian Sutil 18   2 6 2 8
13 Jaime Alguersuari 9   4 4 1
14 Sergio Pérez 8   2 6
15 Sébastien Buemi 8   4 2 1 1
16 Rubens Barrichello 4   2 2
17 Paul Di Resta 2   1 1
18 Pedro de la Rosa 0  
19 Jarno Trulli 0  
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi 0  
21 Pastor Maldonado 0  
22 Jérôme d’Ambrosio 0  
23 Heikki Kovalainen 0  
24 Timo Glock 0  
25 Narain Karthikeyan 0  
26 Daniel Ricciardo 0  
27 Karun Chandhok 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Red Bull/Renault 355   35 37 33 43 37 37 33 40 33 27
2 McLaren/Mercedes 243   26 22 37 20 33 23 25 20 12 25
3 Ferrari 192   18 18 14 15 10 18 8 28 35 28
4 Mercedes 78   2 14 10 14 12 6 10 10
5 Renault 66   15 15 2 10 4 4 10 1 4 1
6 Sauber/Ferrari 35   6 1 1 3 10 6 6 2
7 Force India/Mercedes 20   3 1 6 2 8
8 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 17   4 2 1 5 4 1
9 Williams/Cosworth 4   2 2
10 Lotus/Renault 0  
11 HRT/Cosworth 0  
12 Virgin/Cosworth 0  
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