Top ten pictures from the 2013 German Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the German Grand Prix weekend.

Frank Williams, Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Friday

Frank Williams, Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Nurburgring, 2013

Frank Williams looks on as Pastor Maldonado prepares to take his car onto the track during Friday practice.

The Williams carried a ‘600’ logo on its sidepod, referring to the team’s 600th Grand Prix start which it made in Germany. Above that the team mounted a piece of testing apparatus to help work out why the FW35 is so far off the pace. The ninth race of the season passed without them scoring any points.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Saturday

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2013

Jean-Eric Vergne kicks up sparks at the chicane. The Toro Rosso driver is in the running for the second Red Bull seat alongside Sebastian Vettel. Be he was out-qualified by team mate Daniel Ricciardo for the sixth time this year, by almost nine tenths of a second.

German Grand Prix start

Start, 2013 German Grand Prix, Nurburgring,

The Red Bull drivers gang up on Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes at the start of the race. Both passed the pole sitter at turn one.

Sergio Perez, Jenson Button, German Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Nurburgring, 2013

The McLaren drivers have faced each other on track several times this year and it happened again at the Nurburgring. Sergio Perez started on softs and passed Jenson Button, on mediums, soon after the start. But Button claimed the place back later on.

Felipe Massa, German Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Nurburgring, 2013

Felipe Massa’s race came to a surprising end at turn one at the beginning of the fourth lap when he spun off and his Ferrari engine stalled. He has crashed or spun at least once in each of the last four race weekends.

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, German Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Nurburgring, 2013

Hamilton found himself behind team mate Nico Rosberg after his first pit stop, with Kimi Raikkonen in close attendance. Rosberg was told to let Hamilton past while staying alert to the threat from Raikkonen. But neither of the tyre-troubled Mercedes drivers manged but keep the Lotus behind for long.

Safety Car, German Grand Prix

Safety Car, 2013 German Grand Prix, Nurburgring,

Mark Webber dropped off the lead lap following a disastrous pit stop in which a wheel came off his car. But his luck turned when the Safety Car was deployed allowing him not only to unlap himself but rejoin the rear of the queue, bringing him back into contention for points.

Adrian Sutil, Nico Hulkenberg, German Grand Prix

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Nurburgring, 2013

Whether or not the new tyres were responsible, Force India and Sauber experienced contrasting fortunes at the Nurburgring. The former failed to score for the first time since Malaysia, the latter reached Q3 for the first time since China.

Romain Grosjean, German Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013

Romain Grosjean had one of his best drives to date, challenging Vettel for the lead until losing out when the Safety Car was deployed. He was later ordered to surrender second place to his team mate.

Sebastian Vettel, German Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2013

Sebastian Vettel sprayed champagne on the top step of the podium for the 30th time in his career – and for the first time on home ground.

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    2 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2013 German Grand Prix”

    1. It’s interesting the way different liveries work (or not) under different circumstances. The Mercedes looks fantastic in “glamor shots” – those side profile pictures taken against a black background. But watching the races I find it’s a little bit bland and anonymous.

      The Red Bull’s are the opposite – in glamor shots it’s borderline hideous to my eyes, far too garish and cluttered. But their livery works very well on the race track. It reminds me a little of old fighter planes with that yellow nose and bright colors.

      The Ferrari livery works well everywhere, which just goes to show that you can’t go wrong in painting a sports car red.

    2. @jonsan

      I am no fan of McLaren’s (or Mercedes’ near carbon copy) 2006-current livery. I think it fits both McLaren and Mercedes, gaudy works for them. But seeing them on the track changes little as opposed to the PR pictures.

      It was just a really bright day this past Sunday.

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