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F1 NEWS 

Massa climbs up in Castrol Rankings

Felipe MassaFelipe Massa may not have won the German Grand Prix, but the Ferrari driver was still the biggest gainer in the Castrol Rankings top 100 this week.

The Brazilian led more laps than anyone else at Hockenheim and, even after allowing his team-mate Fernando Alonso passed him, was able to finish second.

His result meant that he climbed 21 places in the Castrol Rankings and now lies 41st. He is now sandwiched between Brickyard 400 winner Jamie McMurray and former World Rally champion Petter Solberg.

Alonso's victory at Hockenheim boosted his score, but did not move him up from his current ninth place. In fact, the top 10 remained unchanged this week.

That meant that Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel retained his number one spot for an 18th straight week, and increased his advantage over second placed Lewis Hamilton.

The highest-placed mover on the Castrol Rankings this week was NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin (11), whose Indianapolis performance was enough to move him ahead of IndyCar title contender Ryan Briscoe (12).

F1 men Robert Kubica (14) and Nico Rosberg (16) swapped places while Mark Martin's (19) failure to repeat his second place at last year's Brickyard 400 dropped the NASCAR driver three places.

There was a 15-place gain for seven-time World champion Michael Schumacher (78), while Lotus drivers Heikki Kovalainen (49) and Jarno Trulli (64) lost nine and six places respectively.

Edmonton IndyCar winner Helio Castroneves (29) fell four spots after he was penalised a lap and dropped to 10th in the results, while series leader Will Power (21) held firm after failing to repeat his win of a year ago.

GP2 winners Sergio Perez (67) and Pastor Maldonado (87) both gained over 10 places at Hockenheim, while there was a 43-place climb for GP3 racer Robert Wickens (147) after he won in Germany too.

To see the full Castrol Rankings, go to www.castroldriverrankings.com

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