Alonso wins Germany; team fined $100,000
HOCKENHEIM, Germany — Fernando Alonso won the German Grand Prix on Sunday for Ferrari, but the team was fined $100,000 afterward for orchestrating his pass of teammate Felipe Massa.
Race stewards didn’t overturn Ferrari’s 1-2 finish, choosing to send the case to the sport’s governing body, which could impose more sanctions. Team orders that affect the result of a race are forbidden under Formula One rules.
Alonso had more points in the title race, and the team apparently felt it would be better served if he collected the 25 points that go to the winner rather than Massa.
Massa, racing on the first anniversary of a crash that nearly killed him, led the race for 49 of 67 laps before he was passed by Alonso following communications from Ferrari over the team radio. He looked unhappy after the race, and the two drivers barely hugged as they climbed out of their red cars.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany was third in his Red Bull. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton of McLaren was fourth.
After 11 of 19 races, Hamilton leads the overall stand-
won German Grand Prix for Ferrari over Felipe Massa. ings with 157 points, ahead of McLaren teammate Jenson Button with 143. Vettel has 136 points, tied for third with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. Alonso is fifth with 123 points, 38 ahead of Massa.