Pedrosa wins thrilling German Grand Prix

Pedrosa wins thrilling German Grand Prix

17 July 2011 – Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa claimed victory in a race full of overtaking manoeuvres at the Sachsenring this afternoon, maintaining the gap to his rivals after a late pass for the lead. Jorge Lorenzo stole second at the final corner of the last lap with a brave and well executed move on Casey Stoner, cutting the latter's championship lead by four points.

The race got off to a frantic start, with Pedrosa jumping to the head of the field at the first corner, while Lorenzo went around the outside of Stoner and forced the Australian down to third. As the riders successfully made it through the challenging Turn 12, Lorenzo was lining up Pedrosa for the lead, slipping past at the Sachsen Kurve.

Stoner’s first lap troubles got worse when team-mate Andrea Dovizioso jumped ahead to take third place, before the Italian rider went on to set the fastest lap of the race and find a way past Pedrosa for second. The fighting continued further down the order, with Valentino Rossi up to tenth from his 16th place grid slot by the end of the third lap.

After taking few laps to find his rhythm, Stoner finally clawed back some positions, disposing of team-mates Dovizioso and Pedrosa with relative ease. The 2007 Champion then applied significant pressure on leader Lorenzo, lunging up the inside of his chief title rival at Turn 13. As the race approached its halfway mark, Lorenzo found another burst of pace and grabbed the lead back from Stoner.

Just one lap later it was Pedrosa’s turn to move to the fore once again, setting fastest lap times en route to a pair of brilliant moves for second and first respectively. The 2010 runner-up never looked like relinquishing his position from that point onwards, riding to the chequered flag with a relatively comfortable gap back to team-mate Stoner.

As the race entered its final tour Lorenzo failed to give up on second place, pushing hard and narrowly missing out on a trip over the grass due to a mistake at Turn 11. However, a superb exit from the Sachsen Kurve put him right on the tail of Stoner on the run up to the final corner, before he forced his way through onto the start/finish straight.

The thrilling finish up front seemingly transferred itself to the battles behind, with Dovizioso narrowly holding off Ben Spies and Marco Simoncelli at the line. Gresini’s Simoncelli had been looking at a fourth place finish until being passed by his fellow countryman, with a final corner error then opening the door for Spies.

Álvaro Bautista surged past Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi at the end of the race to claim seventh, while Colin Edwards completed the top ten behind both Ducati riders. Stoner now has a rather slender lead of 15 points in the overall championship standings, holding a total of 168 points ahead of back-to-back winner Lorenzo.


Round 10 of the championship takes place at Laguna Seca next weekend

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 1 May 2016

  2. Video of the Day: Sauber fans' questions 05:22

    Video of the Day: Sauber fans' questions

    Sauber drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson answer questions from the fans at the Russian Grand Prix.

    F1
  3. Saturday 30 April 2016

  4. 17:42

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday in Sochi

    F1
  5. Hamilton reprimanded for Q1 offence 17:38

    Hamilton reprimanded for Q1 offence

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has escaped with a reprimand for his bollard-related offence during Saturday afternoon's…

    F1
  6. Ricciardo eyes battle with Williams 16:34

    Ricciardo eyes battle with Williams

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful that the outfit will be able to fight with Williams at the Russian Grand Prix, after…

    F1
  7. McLaren-Honda 'so close' to Q3 - Button 16:25

    McLaren-Honda 'so close' to Q3 - Button

    Jenson Button says McLaren-Honda is "so close" to making it through to the top 10 shootout for the first time since the parties…

    F1
  8. Sainz Jr. hits out at Kvyat for Q2 driving 15:45

    Sainz Jr. hits out at Kvyat for Q2 driving

    Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. has accused Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat of impeding one of his laps during qualifying for the Russian…

    F1
  9. Vettel hopeful of race-day fight back 15:22

    Vettel hopeful of race-day fight back

    Sebastian Vettel is hopeful of recovering lost ground during the Russian Grand Prix after dropping down the grid for a gearbox…

    F1
  10. Bottas achieves 'maximum' with P2 15:07

    Bottas achieves 'maximum' with P2

    Valtteri Bottas has described his front row slot in Russia as the "maximum" result possible as he capitalised on issues for…

    F1
  11. Rosberg not expecting an easy race 14:57

    Rosberg not expecting an easy race

    Nico Rosberg has made clear that he is not expecting an "easy" ride in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix, despite issues for his main…

    F1
  12. Hamilton suffers 'same failure' as China 14:41

    Hamilton suffers 'same failure' as China

    Lewis Hamilton lamented another power unit failure during Russian Grand Prix qualifying, the same as he suffered in China last…

    F1
  13. 14:10

    Russian Grand Prix: Full Qualifying results

    F1
  14. Rosberg on pole, Hamilton hits trouble 14:08

    Rosberg on pole, Hamilton hits trouble

    World Championship leader Nico Rosberg stormed to pole position at the Russian Grand Prix, as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton…

    F1
  15. 12:47

    Follow qualifying for the Russian GP!

    F1
  16. 11:05

    Russian Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  17. Hamilton edges out Rosberg in final practice 11:02

    Hamilton edges out Rosberg in final practice

    Lewis Hamilton narrowly outpaced Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during Saturday's final practice session for the Russian Grand…

    F1
  18. 09:52

    Follow final practice for the Russian GP!

    F1
  19. Video: Aeroscreen's ballistic static test 09:42

    Video: Aeroscreen's ballistic static test

    Red Bull presents the second aeroscreen test, which involved a 1-kilo projectile striking it at 230kph.

    F1
  20. Update: Engine tokens spent so far 09:38

    Update: Engine tokens spent so far

    Ferrari and Mercedes have both spent engine development tokens ahead of the Russian Grand Prix. Ferrari, already confirmed on…

    F1
  21. Video of the Day: Engine use in Russia 05:22

    Video of the Day: Engine use in Russia

    Ferrari looks at the challenges of the Russian Grand Prix with Power Unit Director Mattia Binotto.

    F1
  22. Friday 29 April 2016

  23. 18:02

    Latest Formula 1 photos: Friday in Sochi

    F1
  24. Vettel to take five-place grid penalty 17:46

    Vettel to take five-place grid penalty

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel will take a five-place grid penalty at the Russian Grand Prix after being forced to switch to a…

    F1
  25. FIA confirms agreement on engine rules 17:09

    FIA confirms agreement on engine rules

    Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has confirmed that new power unit regulations, centred on four key subjects, have been…

    F1
  26. Renault praises Sirotkin for FP1 showing 15:21

    Renault praises Sirotkin for FP1 showing

    Renault has praised new test driver Sergey Sirotkin for doing a "very positive job" during first practice for his home Grand…

    F1
  27. Hamilton: 'Hard work' needed to stay in front 14:49

    Hamilton: 'Hard work' needed to stay in front

    Lewis Hamilton says that "hard work" will be needed for Mercedes to stay ahead of main rival Ferrari as the Russian Grand Prix…

    F1
  28. Ricciardo: Aeroscreen vision 'pretty good' 14:13

    Ricciardo: Aeroscreen vision 'pretty good'

    Daniel Ricciardo says overall vision with Red Bull's 'aeroscreen' device was "pretty good" after trialling it at the Russian…

    F1
  29. Vettel unconcerned by FP2 problem 14:03

    Vettel unconcerned by FP2 problem

    Sebastian Vettel has full confidence that Ferrari will get to the bottom of the issue he suffered during Russian Grand Prix…

    F1
  30. Petrucci to return for Pramac in France 13:51

    Petrucci to return for Pramac in France

    Danilo Petrucci will return to the MotoGP grid with Pramac at next weekend's French Grand Prix, after missing a stint of races…

    MotoGP
  31. 13:34

    Russian Grand Prix: Full Practice 2 results

    F1
  32. Hamilton moves ahead in second practice 13:33

    Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

    Lewis Hamilton moved to the top of the timesheets during Friday's second practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, ahead of…

    F1
  33. 11:51

    Follow second practice for the Russian GP!

    F1
  34. Ferrari drivers running new engines 11:37

    Ferrari drivers running new engines

    Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen are running new engines at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix, after Ferrari opted to spend…

    F1
  35. Video: Red Bull aeroscreen static test 10:06

    Video: Red Bull aeroscreen static test

    Red Bull has revealed footage of the 'aeroscreen' static testing which took place before its on track debut.

    F1
  36. Arden signs Eriksson and Jeffri in GP2 10:02

    Arden signs Eriksson and Jeffri in GP2

    Arden International has confirmed that Jimmy Eriksson and Nabil Jeffri will race for the team in the GP2 Series this…

    GP2
  37. Red Bull debuts 'aeroscreen' in practice 09:55

    Red Bull debuts 'aeroscreen' in practice

    Red Bull debuted its canopy-style 'aeroscreen' device during practice for the Russian Grand Prix, as Daniel Ricciardo gauged on…

    F1
  38. Rosberg quickest in first Sochi practice 09:33

    Rosberg quickest in first Sochi practice

    Nico Rosberg comfortably set the pace during Friday morning's first practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, finishing the…

    F1
  39. 07:48

    Follow first practice for the Russian GP!

    F1
  40. Video of the Day: Impact of new tyre rules 05:16

    Video of the Day: Impact of new tyre rules

    Mercedes strategy chief James Vowles talks how the new-for-2016 tyre rules have impacted racing.

    F1
  41. Thursday 28 April 2016

  42. 16:32

    Latest F1 photos: Thursday in Sochi

    F1
  43. Kvyat: Red Bull can be strong at all tracks 15:12

    Kvyat: Red Bull can be strong at all tracks

    Daniil Kvyat says Red Bull's performances over the first three rounds of the 2016 season have given him confidence that the team…

    F1
  44. Rosberg: Ferrari 'very close' to Mercedes 14:16

    Rosberg: Ferrari 'very close' to Mercedes

    Ferrari is "very close" to Mercedes and its outright speed has been masked by a "messy" start to the 2016 season, reckons…

    F1
more news