Controversy as Alonso wins German GP
Hockenheim: Spaniard Fernando Alonso took full advantage of his Ferrari team`s support for their number one driver to win today`s German Grand Prix in controversial circumstances.
Alonso`s win not only revitalised his bid for a third world title, it also crushed his Ferrari team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa`s hopes of victory.
He was told to move over as `Fernando is faster` in a message that signalled he had to let him pass - reviving the old arguments about team orders in Formula One.
Alonso proved his pedigree with a strong drive, withstanding third-placed Sebastian Vettel`s attack at the start before being gifted the lead in the closing stages when Massa was virtually told to concede the leading position.
Massa, told that Alonso was "faster" than him and asked to confirm he understood the message, gave up the fight and finished second ahead of Vettel, in his Red Bull, with the two McLaren drivers, Britons Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, taking fourth and fifth.
Vettel`s Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber was sixth, Pole Robert Kubica seventh for Renault ahead of Mercedes drivers and fellow Germans Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher with Russian Vitaly Petrov in the second Renault completing the top 10.
Alonso`s win took him to within 34 points of drivers championship leader Hamilton, who has 157 points.
Button is second with 143 points while Webber and Vettel are third equal with 136 points.
Alonso`s win revived memories of the controversy that followed the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix when Brazilian Rubens Barrichello was ordered to hand victory to Michael Schumacher -- a decision that caused uproar and led to tighter rules on team orders.