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Gee, I was right! But I was also wrong. Hockenheim made some reputations and wrecked some. With no less than seven different vehicles in the top ten the driver element really played a part in today's event.
Michael proved yet again that he is a master at learning a new track. Ralf, Who was hopelessly outclassed by Button when a new layout figured in the equation at Indy, performed superbly in taking second, over � a second ahead of Juan Pablo.
As expected there was a stratification of players, with some surprises and a few anticipated results. Michael and Kimi performed as expected, as did Fisichella Frentzen, Irvine and Webber. The surprises were Montoya, Massa, Salo and Button.
I guess I have to be satisfied with picking the first (Schumacher) and last (Webber � I did suggest that Alex would fail to qualify). Mark is now the only driver with a perfect win rate, having taken his 12th Qualifying Hero podium.
I had high hopes for Salo here, he didn�t deliver, I had no faith in Panis and he did come through, like Ralf.
The German GP 'Also Ran' Award.
Alex Yoong failed to qualify (yet again) and must be a huge embarrassment to the team and the sponsors. I guess he can at least tell his grandchildren that he was once a F1 driver and spent most of a season doing it. He might just forget to mention just how bad he was. But he wasn�t quite bad enough to win another Also Ran at Hockenheim.
Coulthard and Villeneuve weren�t bad enough either, close, but no gongs for them this time. Only because there is a much worthier candidate this round.
If Michael came in over � a second behind Rubens he would be a shoe-in. Why should our ex-Qualipoints leader be treated any differently. He shouldn�t and he won�t be. After a string of successes on one podium Juan Pablo Montoya has moved to another, the middle step on the Also Ran stage. Perhaps he was just jealous of Ralf�s success in this forum
The German GP Qualifying Heroes
1. Mark Webber, 2. Eddie Irvine, 3. Ralf Schumacher
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The Real Race - Drivers Standings - Round 12
QualiPoints are awarded in the same way points are awarded to the top 6 drivers in a race. (i.e. 10, 6, 4, 3, 2,1)
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