The German Grand Prix preview

The German Grand Prix preview

Will the German Grand Prix mark the return of the status quo following the controversy over diffusers? Or is Ferrari the team to beat now? Edd Straw previews the tenth round of the 2011 season

So Felipe Massa reckons that the World Championship is still open for Ferrari and Fernando Alonso? While it's hard to see either team or driver closing what is more a points chasm than a points gap to the runaway leaders, it's not inconceivable that the prancing horse will be the team galloping up alongside the charging Red Bulls at the front of the field in the second half of the season. After the exhaust blown diffuser controversy of the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, the question is whether Ferrari's Silverstone form is a flash in the pan or down to circumstance.

Chances are it's a little of both, but Ferrari has unquestionably been on an upward curve since its wind tunnel woes were comprehended. The upgrade package taken to May's Spanish GP was the first step in Ferrari's 'true' development path and, as Alonso said at Silverstone, the parts put on the car are producing exactly the performance levels expected. It's a far cry from where the team was at the end of testing and in the early races, and suggests that fundamentally it just might have a car with more raw potential than McLaren.

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