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LIVE COMMENTARY: 2010 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - RACE DAY AT HOCKENHEIM
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As it happened: Race day at Hockenheim
By Geoff Creighton and Emlyn Hughes
The live commentary has ended. No further updates will be posted.
Race day at Hockenheim
Race day at Hockenheim © Sutton
10:30 Hello everyone and welcome to AUTOSPORT Live for coverage of round 11 of the 2010 FIA Formula 1 world championship.

Hockenheim has given us a cracking weekend so far with three very different weather-affected practice sessions, rounded off by a dry knockout qualifying. Sebastian Vettel will lead the pack away this afternoon at his home event for 67 laps of combat, with an extremely fired up Fernando Alonso alongside him.

Vettel has to make his performance count today, as he looks to reduce a 24-point deficit to championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who starts sixth. Alonso too needs a huge haul of points to keep in touch with the front-runners at the top of the table. Contact on the opening lap is certainly not an option for the pair as they blast round the opening lap this afternoon.

The race itself begins at 12:00 GMT, but before then we will set the scene by reviewing yesterday's qualifying session, update you on today's weather conditions and support card activity, and focus on some of the major talking points heading into the race.

Vettel is happy to be number one again
Vettel is happy to be number one again © LAT
10:35 It was Vettel who once again raised the index finger of celebration after taking pole in a pulsating qualifying hour, but there were many stories before we got to the closest battle for the top positions so far this season.

Tonio Liuzzi made a slight error exiting the final corner of the lap in the first knockout phase and paid a heavy price. Water had been retained in the astroturf from earlier rain, and the Italian ran over it and spun across the track instantly, making heavy contact with the wall.

The session was briefly halted as the marshals recovered the battered car, and Liuzzi walked away knowing he would be racing against the new teams - at least during the opening laps.

Michael Schumacher, so often the hero at this circuit, was then spectacularly kicked out of the second qualifying period by Nico Hulkenberg in the improved Williams. Schumacher was unable to find time on his final lap while in a precarious 10th spot, leaving the door open for Hulkenberg to cross the line and book himself a berth in the shootout. Kobayashi, Petrov, Sutil, de la Rosa, Alguersuari and Buemi joined the seven-time champion on the sidelines.

That left the stage clear for the fastest 10 drivers to battle over the top positions on the grid. Sensationally, Alonso came out on top of the first runs just ahead of Vettel, Webber and Hamilton, but we all knew it would come down to the final banzai effort to determine the grid.

One hot lap when the pressure is on is what Vettel does best. The German duly delivered a 1m13.791s to edge Alonso out by just 0.002 seconds and thwart Ferrari's hopes of pole. Felipe Massa claimed third, cementing the Scuderia's improvement in form, with Webber a disappointed fourth after making a mistake at Turn 1 on his final effort.

Vettel pips Alonso to German GP pole

Webber was too slow in qualifying
Webber was too slow in qualifying © Sutton
10:40 The stewards room was a busy place once again as penalties were handed down following several infringements:

• Adrian Sutil had the gearbox changed on his Force India between final practice and qualifying. A driveshaft failure saw the German coasting into the pits after just one lap in practice three, with the gearbox needing to be replaced. He qualified 14th in the knockout session but will drop five places on the grid.

• Timo Glock was handed two penalties totaling 10 grid places after gearbox woes. His Virgin team fitted a new gearbox to the car prior to qualifying. Then, knowing that Glock would start from the back anyway, the team also fitted a different seventh gear ratio from the one declared on Friday - which means he will get an additional five-place penalty.

• Virgin representatives were getting used to the walk up to the stewards' office on Saturday. Lucas di Grassi was also handed a five-place grid penalty after qualifying after a gearbox change.

• Mark Webber was also required to explain himself after falling foul of the rules in the final top 10 shootout. The Australian was found to have exceeded the maximum time allowed between the two safety car lines. He was reprimanded but keeps his fourth place on the grid.

10:45 The weather is looking much better so far this morning, but full confidence for a dry race is guarded just slightly, as there are some showers on the radar to the north-west of the circuit.

Right now it is dry but overcast and a dry race is expected, but do not rule out the possibility of a shower in the last 10 laps.

Temperatures will be similar to the values on Friday and Saturday, with a maximum of 23 degrees Celsius.

Fans pack into Hockenheim
Fans pack into Hockenheim © Sutton
10:50 Motor racing fans love to debate and discuss the action on track, and the live forum at the bottom of the screen is your chance to let everyone know your thoughts on events as they unfold at the circuit.

• Will Vettel and Alonso keep it clean on the opening lap? If they don't, Mark Webber could benefit greatly.

• Can the McLaren drivers keep the top four in sight? The Woking-based has raced strongly this year and needs points to protect its title leads.

• Do you think the Williams duo can score points again this afternoon?

Tell the world what you think.

Click the SHOW LIVE FORUM link in the red bar at the bottom of your browser window if you'd like to join the debate.

Gutierrez passes Juncadella for the GP3 win
Gutierrez passes Juncadella for the GP3 win © Sutton
10:55 The Esteban Gutierrez roadshow marched on in GP3 as the Mexican took yet another Sunday morning victory to maintain a healthy lead in the title race.

Daniel Juncadella led away from the start but his efforts to pull out a lead were halted by the deployment of the safety car following several incidents.

Gutierrez bided his time at the restart and was able to capitalise on a mistake as Juncadella ran wide onto the artificial grass entering the motodrom, allowing the ART driver through into a lead he kept to the flag.

The safety car made another appearance in the final laps of the race and a controlled finish was assured when Doru Sechelariu embarrassingly rammed into the rear of Oliver Oakes as the snake of cars passed the pits.

Gutierrez wins at Hockenheim

Perez dominated the GP2 sprint again
Perez dominated the GP2 sprint again © Sutton
11:00 Sergio Perez took his third win of the season in today’s GP2 Series sprint race at Hockenheim, while points leader Pastor Maldonado was eliminated in a late crash.

Perez methodically picked off Trident’s Adrian Zaugg and iSport’s Oliver Turvey to take the lead by lap 10, building a gap that was a comfortable 6.3s by the flag.

Polesitter Turvey was initially beaten off the line by Zaugg and Super Nova’s Marcus Ericsson, but the Briton reclaimed third from Ericsson with a robust move on the opening lap and then passed Zaugg for the lead a lap later. After Perez had swept through, Turvey ended up second with Zaugg taking the final podium place.

Romain Grosjean's drive from 19th proved entertaining, but ultimately fruitless, as he was launched out of the race by Maldonado in spectacular fashion on the penultimate lap while fighting for fifth. Sam Bird passed Dani Clos at Turn 6 with Grosjean and Maldonado looking to take advantage. The pair made contact at the exit of the corner, with Grosjean launched into the barrier as they became entangled.

Both were unhurt, but Maldonado's failure to finish as Perez triumphed makes the gap between the title rivals 21 points heading to Hungary.

Perez wins Hockenheim sprint race

Nicolas Armindo took his third Supercup win
Nicolas Armindo took his third Supercup win © Porsche
11:05 Nicolas Armindo wrapped up a lights to flag win in the latest round of the Porsche Supercup at Hockenheim. The Frenchman, deputising for Jeroen Bleekemolen at Lechner Racing while the Dutchman is on ALMS duty, started well from pole and held on for the win while the typical carnage unfolded behind him.

Nick Tandy didn't launch well from second on the grid and found himself in a squeeze with Christian Engelhart and title rival Rene Rast heading down to Turn 2. Tandy's car was damaged as the trio clashed and he dropped out of contention, while Rast fought back until a lap four puncture also put the championship leader out of the points.

With the title rivals eliminated, Jan Seyffarth soon found his way up to second, which he held from Engelhart to the flag. Stefan Rosina ran fourth throughout, while Jaap van Lagen, Norbert Siedler and Martin Ragginger all demoted Sebastiaan Bleekemolen in an entertaining mid-pack squabble.

11:10 Here's how the grid will line up this afternoon:

Pos  Driver         Team
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault
 2.  Alonso         Ferrari
 3.  Massa          Ferrari
 4.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault
 5.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 6.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes
 7.  Kubica         Renault
 8.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth
 9.  Rosberg        Mercedes
10.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth
11.  Schumacher     Mercedes
12.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari
13.  Petrov         Renault
14.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari
15.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari
16.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari
17.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth
18.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth
19.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes *
20.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth
21.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes
22.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth
23.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth *
24.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth *

* Gearbox penalty
Alonso and Hamilton couldn't wait to congratulate eachother after qualifying
Alonso and Hamilton couldn't wait to congratulate eachother after qualifying © Sutton
11:15 The front three rows of the grid are ideally set up for a fascinating battle this afternoon with the championship contenders all out to gain the advantage over one another. Action has been frantic in the support races so far and the layout of this circuit means overtaking - and contact - between the front runners is possible, particularly on the first lap.

Alonso will be keen to end his winless streak from second on the grid and will know that the first lap is the best time to overhaul Vettel's Red Bull, while Massa and Webber will not want to see their team-mates escape out front.

The McLaren pair on row three could be the men to watch. The MP4-25 has always been strong on race pace, particularly when full of fuel, and the low-downforce set-up on the cars could prove a vital advantage on the sprint down to the Turn 6 hairpin.

Robert Kubica is a strong seventh in his Renault and well-placed to keep an eye on the action up front, while Barrichello will be keen to continue his strong run of form in the Williams. Rosberg and Hulkenberg must start on the softer tyres while Schumacher and Kobayashi could have a chance to progress if they try harder tyres for the first stint.

Liuzzi has a lot of work to do after his crash
Liuzzi has a lot of work to do after his crash © Sutton
11:20 With none of the major contenders outside the top 10, the action in the second half of the field will surround the Force India duo in the early stages of the race.

Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen have been promoted to 17th and 18th positions with Sutil starting 19th. The tall German will aim to get past both cars pretty quickly, while behind him Tonio Liuzzi will be attempting the same feat from 21st on the grid.

Liuzzi will of course need to dispense with Senna, but if he keeps calm then that should not prove too difficult. Patience and staying out of trouble will be required for both Force India drivers, but equally there is a need to get the move past the new teams completed quickly or they will risk losing a lot of ground to the Toro Rosso and Renault drivers up ahead.

If chaos does occur towards the rear, then look for Yamamoto and the two Virgin drivers to pick up the pieces. It could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for di Grassi and Glock after gearbox penalties relegated them to the back row.

Tyre man Hamashima chats with President Todt
Tyre man Hamashima chats with President Todt © Sutton
11:25 The potential for this race to be a repeat of the chaotic Montreal tyre shredder, given Bridgestone's aggressive allocation of the super-soft and hard compounds, has been dented by the unseasonably cool conditions at Hockenheim.

However, warmer conditions today will make the leading teams wary of the super-soft, which must be used by the Q3 drivers and needs to last until the first - and only - pitstop around lap 15.

Even if they make the early first stop without too much degradation, it will put the leading drivers on a very long stint with the harder rubber, giving those behind the possibility to come on strongly with the alternative strategy.

The super-soft tyre does give a significant pace advantage when fresh, so look out for some drivers outside the top 10 trying a long first stint on the harder rubber, making progress up the order, before an attacking second stint on softs when their cars are lighter.

Bridgestone expecting dramatic race

11:30 The pitlane is now open for the the drivers to make their way around to the grid.

During the next 15 minutes, they have several jobs to undertake. Support races earlier this morning have changed the grip level, so each driver will want to quickly ascertain how hard he can push when it comes to the early laps of the race.

They will check basic functions such the gearbox, drinks bottle and the all-important team radio.

The pitlane closes at 11:45 GMT. Any car not on the grid by then will be required to start from the pits.

11:32 Polesitter Sebastian Vettel heads out for his lap to the grid. The crowd cheers his arrival onto the circuit.

11:32 Nico Hulkenberg leads a pair of Ferraris on reconnaissance laps around the circuit.

11:33 Lewis Hamilton pulls out of the McLaren garage and is heading around to the grid.

11:33 Michael Schumacher exits the Mercedes garage and begins his tour. The seven-time champion will be hoping to score some points today.

11:33 Many of the drivers will duck through the pits for another installation lap to get a more extensive feel of track conditions.

11:35 Mark Webber is now on his lap to the grid. Above him, the sky is cloudy but no rain is expected at least in the next 30 minutes.

11:38 Cars continue to arrive on the grid with Mark Webber now being pushed into fourth position.

11:38 Alonso's Ferrari arrives on the grid and is pushed to his front-row slot.

11:40 Michael Schumacher climbs out of the Mercedes and immediately checks underneath. Meantime, most of the drivers are now on the grid.

11:40 Kobayashi is finishing his run to the grid and may be one of the drivers to start on the harder tyres from 12th on the grid.

11:41 The track temperature is 32 Celsius, with a 21 degree ambient and 44% humidity. Skies remain overcast at Hockenheim.

"Everyone is expecting to see how the soft tyres will perform, and we'll go from there. They might last about 20 laps. "
Rubens Barrichello, starting eighth, speaking to BBC TV

11:43 The local weather radar shows continuing south-easterly movement of light showers towards Mannheim, several kilometres to the north west of Hockenheim.

11:43 It still remains uncertain that we will get through the race without the possibility of a shower.

11:45 The pitlane is now closed. Any driver not on the grid will be required to start the race from the pitlane.

11:46 The packed Hockenheim crowd rises in unison for the German national anthem, as it is played out on the public address system.

11:49 Sakon Yamamoto looks nervous as he paces around to the side of his HRT on the grid. He is given a good luck handshake from one of his engineers.

11:49 Vettel pulls on his balaclava as he focuses on an important afternoon ahead.

11:52 Turn 6 will undoubtedly be the most important piece of racetrack this afternoon.

11:52 Every support race thus far has produced incidents as drivers attempt to gain position. We expect further action in the top category today.

11:54 Mika Hakkinen chats with McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh as the grid begins to clear.

11:55 There are five minutes to go until the formation lap begins at Hockenheim.

11:56 The track temperature is now 33 Celsius, which is enough to make the leading teams nervous about the durability of the super-soft rubber.

11:57 All 24 cars are down there on the grid and we anticipate a busy start with a full field as the circuit public address commentator whips the crowd into a frenzy with just a few minutes to go.

11:57 A row over flexible front wings looks set to overshadow the German Grand Prix with a number of teams expressing concerns to the FIA about the designs on the Red Bull Racing and Ferrari cars

Flexible front wings row set to hit Formula 1

11:58 Timo Glock asks his race engineer what the forecast is for the race. He is told that at the last check there will be no rain.

11:59 The McLaren pair from row three could be the men to watch in the opening phase, with strong straight-line speed and race pace.

11:59 The engines fire with a minute to the formation lap.

12:00 Schumacher and Kobayashi are not going with the aggressive strategy and are on super-soft rubber.

12:00 The formation lap begins at Hockenheim. Sebastian Vettel leads the field of 24 away for 67 racing laps this afternoon.

12:00 Vettel rounds the hairpin at Turn 6 and blasts his way towards the Mercedes arena.

12:01 The track temperature is up to 35 degrees as hazy sunshine spreads over the track.

12:01 The snake of cars enters the stadium section as Vettel begins to slow the pace down and bring the field closer to him.

12:02 Round the final corner and Vettel gives it a boot to generate some tyre and brake temperature.

12:03 The front few rows are in position and the rest form up neatly. This should be a cracking race.

We await the lights ...

Lap 1: The five red lights go out and we are racing in Germany!

Lap 1: Vettel drops the hammer but Alonso is alongside and they slow eachother down, allowing Massa into the lead!

Lap 1: Through the Mercedes Arena it is Massa from Alonso, Vettel and a charging Hamilton.

Lap 2: Buemi is touring with the rear wing missing and is destined for retirement - probably after contact at Turn 6.

Lap 2: Hamilton pulled a great move to demote Webber to fifth.

Lap 2: Massa caught out the scrap between Alonso and Vettel and leads into the second lap at Hockenheim.

Lap 2: Adrian Sutil is into the pits and is out after a long stop.

Lap 2: Hamilton is now tailing Vettel and looking to take advantage of the McLaren's straight line speed.

Lap 3: Button is sixth, from Kubica and a fast-starting Michael Schumacher.

Lap 3: Alguersuari came into the pits with the front wing missing. It is likely that he rear-ended team-mate Buemi, hurting Toro Rosso's afternoon.

Lap 3: Replays show a poor start for Vettel and he lost out to Massa while failing to stop Alonso also getting through.

Lap 3: Liuzzi was also in for repairs and he is back on track but almost last.

Lap 4: Gaps are beginning to space out between the leading contenders with Massa leading by 1.5 seconds over the line from Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton, Webber and Button.

Lap 4: Replays at Turn 6 show that Alguersuari missed his brakes and rammed team-mate Buemi. Liuzzi ran over the debris and stopped to have it checked.

Lap 4: Trulli is into the pits and the Lotus is pushed back into the garage. His day could be over already. Kovalainen is up in 15th.

Lap 4: Hamilton has drifted off the back of Vettel's Red Bull and is no longer in range to make a move.

Lap 5: Schumacher had a great run though the opening lap and is right behind Kubica in a battle over seventh.

Lap 5: Rubens Barrichello made a poor start and has slipped to 11th. He claims he was pushed towards the wall at the start by Kobayashi and wants the team to speak to the FIA race director about it.

Lap 6: Sutil is back into the pits for a second time and rejoins after further work is complete. He is 22nd.

Lap 6: Alonso takes the fastest lap away from team-mate Alonso with a tour in 1m19.292s.

Lap 7: Rosberg is a second behind team-mate Schumacher in ninth.

Lap 7: Alonso sets another fastest lap and he is closing on leader Massa.

Lap 7: Liuzzi is into the pits also for a second time as Force India's disastrous day continues. Trulli was sent back out by Lotus but he is touring in to retire.

Lap 8: Kamui Kobayashi made a solid start and runs in 10th place, with a disgruntled Barrichello 11th, Petrov 12th and Hulkenberg 13th.

Lap 8: Massa responds with his fastest lap, pegging the lead gap at 1.5 seconds.

Lap 8: Pedro de la Rosa is 14th so far with Kovalainen 12 seconds behind him in 15th, di Grassi 16th, Senna 17th and Glock 18th.

Lap 8: The top six are lapping in the 1m19s bracket with no sign yet of the pace fading on the super-softs.

Lap 9: Button has been wide at Turn 1 and is now slipping back from Webber in sixth.

Lap 9: Yamamoto is 19th and being caught quickly by a recovering Alguersuari. Sutil is 21st and Liuzzi last in 22nd.

Lap 9: Hamilton has had a slow lap in his McLaren and Webber is now homing in on the championship leader.

Lap 10: There is some slight evidence of graining on Hamilton's rear tyres and it may be the McLaren's low-downforce setup is beginning to hurt the rear tyres.

Lap 10: Kobayashi in 10th is doing a fine job hanging on to the Mercedes pair in front. He is beginning to drop Barrichello just slightly.

Lap 11: Massa clocks a 1m18.915s to set a new benchmark time.

Lap 11: Vettel is now 3.6 seconds off the lead in third.

Lap 11: Senna and Glock are battling hard for 17th position, while Kovalainen continues to lead the new teams battle in 15th.

Lap 12: The track temperature has dropped to 28 Celsius as cloud cover builds around the circuit.

Lap 12: Alguersuari is 20th and now less than two seconds behind Yamamoto. A change of position is likely here soon.

Lap 13: Vettel is the first man to pit and change to hard rubber.

Lap 13: Alguersuari passes Yamamoto for 19th as they go side by side over the line. The Spaniard takes the place into Turn 1.

Lap 13: The Red Bull emerges sixth, just ahead of Kubica and he can now set the pace in clear air.

Lap 13: Alguersuari's next target is Glock in 18th, six seconds up the road. He should catch him in around three laps time.

Lap 13: Ferrari must surely react to this and Alonso is due in the pits.

Lap 14: Alonso pits for the switch to hard tyres while Massa sets another quick time.

Lap 14: Webber also pits ... but Alonso is out ahead of Vettel.

Lap 14: Webber has come back out mired in traffic and it hasn't worked out for the Australian.

Lap 15: Massa pits this time.

Lap 15: Hamilton is also in, while Button continues.

Lap 15: Webber rejoined in ninth and immediately found himself under strong attack from Kobayashi. So far Webber is just able to keep the place.

Lap 15: Massa is down and away ahead of team-mate Alonso.

Lap 15: Hamilton is out in sixth but is behind Kubica's Renault.

Lap 16: Schumacher and Barrichello are in for tyres. The former will be looking to jump team-mate Rosberg with this early change.

Lap 16: The order is Button from Massa, Alonso and Vettel.

Lap 16: Button is yet to stop.

Lap 16: Massa locks up at Turn 2 and Alonso is looking to pounce on his team-mate.

Lap 16: Alguersuari is now on the tail on Glock in a battle for 18th as Kobayashi pits the Sauber from 10th.

Lap 16: Massa has a huge wobble at the hairpin and only just keeps Alonso behind.

Lap 17: Massa is struggling for pace on the hard rubber and Alonso will soon be past at this rate.

Lap 17: Alguerasuari has passed Glock for 18th and is about to take Senna's HRT on the next lap.

Lap 17: Hamilton is now boxed behind Kubica, who is fifth and yet to stop in the Renault.

Lap 18: Sauber did a good job for Kobayashi and he rejoined still ahead of Barrichello. They run 13th and 14th at the moment with Schumacher just ahead of them.

Lap 18: Rosberg also hasn't stopped and is seventh, with Webber stuck behind him in eighth.

Lap 18: Massa is holdng on ahead of team-mate Alonso but only just.

Lap 18: Kubica makes his stop and resumes a nose ahead of Schumacher.

Lap 19: Alguersuari is now past Senna and takes over 17th place in the Toro Rosso.

Lap 19: Schumacher responds and tries to take 11th from Kubica but the move fails and the Pole holds on.

Lap 19: The clouds have burned away for the moment, with temperatures warming up as the drivers look for pace on the harder rubber.

Lap 20: Button leads but is yet to stop. His pace is very strong at the moment on a well-used set of the softer tyres.

Lap 20: Vettel is closing rapidly on the squabbling Ferrari pair.

Lap 20: Sutil is doing a decent job of following Alguersuari through the new team cars. Sutil is up to 18th with both of them now chasing down di Grassi and Kovalainen.

Lap 21: Hamilton is now fifth after Kubica's stop but is 8.4 seconds behind Vettel.

Lap 21: Alguersuari is past di Grassi for 16th place, with Kovalainen now four seconds up the road.

Lap 21: Massa and Alonso are catching a tailender battle.

Lap 21: Alonso is right on Massa ...

Lap 21: Alonso takes the outside and can't make it stick at the hairpin ...

Lap 22: Alonso tries again but backs out of the closing door at the Mercedes Arena.

Lap 22: Behind this mighty scrap at the front, Webber is now just 0.4s behind the yet-to-pit Rosberg as they fight over sixth.

Lap 22: Massa is still ahead - "this is ridiculous" says Alonso on the radio.

Lap 22: Webber is through on Rosberg at the end of the lap and takes sixth place in the Red Bull.

Lap 22: Vettel has finally cleared that traffic and is closing again on the Ferrari battle.

Lap 23: Meanwhile, Button leads by 5.1 seconds ahead of an imminent stop.

Lap 23: Sutil is also past di Grassi now for 17th position as Senna pits the HRT from 20th.

Lap 23: Button pits and resumes behind team-mate Hamilton in fifth and now ahead of Mark Webber.

Lap 24: Kovalainen in 15th has Alguersuari crawling all over him. The Spaniard is through and now has a mammoth 34 seconds to make up on Barrichello.

Lap 24: Button is right behind Hamilton and will have fresher tyres for the run to the flag.

Lap 24: Massa sets the fastest lap and now leads by 0.8 seconds over team-mate Alonso.

Lap 24: Petrov pits the Renault from eighth and could possibly rejoin ahead of Barrichello.

Lap 25: Petrov rejoined and is quickly embroiled in a battle with Kobayashi. The Russian takes 12th position as Rosberg finally pits.

Lap 26: Rosberg was ahead of Schumacher before the stops ... and he maintains that trend, taking over 10th place.

Lap 26: Kovalainen pits for tyres from 16th place. He was leading the new teams battle with an eight second buffer over di Grassi.

Lap 27: Massa seems happier with his tyres now fully warmed and has pulled clear of Alonso over the last couple of laps.

Lap 27: The lead gap is now three seconds as Alonso begins to see Vettel looming in his mirrors.

Lap 27: Alguersuari pits from 15th place, handing the place to Sutil, who is putting in his quickest laps of the race currently.

Lap 28: Alonso may be preserving his tyres and fuel for a late attack on his team-mate.

Lap 28: A close four-car group is fighting for the final points-paying position. Rosberg is 10th with Schumacher 11th, Petrov 12th and the man they will all fear - Kobayashi - in 13th.

Lap 28: Massa is pressing home his advantage with a 1m18.399s fastest lap and is now leading by 3.4 seconds.

Lap 29: "Keep this going, you can win," engineer Rob Smedley tells Massa on the radio.

Lap 29: Alonso responds with the fastest lap, clocked at 1m18.075s.

Lap 29: The top six have opened up a healthy gap over Hulkenberg and de la Rosa, who are seventh and eighth, but yet to stop.

Lap 29: Vettel is now 1.9 seconds further back in third, with Hamilton, Button and Webber close together almost 15 seconds off the lead.

Lap 30: Alguersuari rejoined only just behind Sutil after that recent stop. They are now fighting hard over 15th place but they are a whopping 54s behind Barrichello.

Lap 31: Massa takes the fastest lap with a 1m17.991s as the gap is clocked at 3.2 seconds.

Lap 31: Rosberg in 10th has edged away from team-mate Schumacher to the tune of 2.2 seconds. Petrov and Kobayashi are now hounding Schumacher.

Lap 32: Alonso responds with a 1m17.751s and is now 2.8 seconds off the leader.

Lap 32: Sutil and Alguersuari are still fighting tooth and nail for 15th with no end to this scrap in sight just yet.

Lap 33: Schumacher is really beginning to lose some pace. So much so, that Barrichello in 14th is beginning to catch Kobayashi.

Lap 33: Webber is trying to put the pressure on Button in the fight for fifth, but the Red Bull doesn't have a significant pace advantage.

Lap 34: It's a Ferrari one-two in Germany with Massa leading Alonso at half distance.

Lap 34: Liuzzi is finding some pace now in 17th. He is 11.3 seconds behind the Sutil versus Alguersuari fight, but catching at almost 1s per lap.

Lap 34: The gap is just two seconds between the Ferrari pair and we surely haven't seen the end of Alonso's ambitions for the lead.

Lap 35: Eighth placed de la Rosa has now caught Hulkenberg. Oh and now the Spaniard makes a move at Turn 6 ... and it sticks!

Lap 35: Vettel, third, has dropped away from Alonso in recent laps and is now 6.6 seconds off the lead.

Lap 35: So de la Rosa is now seventh with Hulkenberg eighth, Kubica just 1.6s behind them in ninth and Rosberg right behind the Pole in 10th.

Lap 35: Championship leader Hamilton is fourth and now 16.9 seconds behind Massa, holding off Button and Webber.

Lap 36: Hulkenberg pits after losing that place to de la Rosa. It will be interesting to see if he can regain track position when the Sauber driver stops.

Lap 36: Jaime Alguersuari is finasll through on Adrian Sutil ... oh and now we see the reason. The German made an error at the Sachs curve and is into the pits.

Lap 37: Webber is putting the pressure on Button and is just 0.6 seconds down on the McLaren as they flash over the line.

Lap 37: Alonso clocks a 1m17.666s fastest lap with the gap to leader Massa now 2.5 seconds.

Lap 37: So Alguersuari takes over 15th with Sutil back out after a stop to clear the floor of the car of gravel, incurred during that off-track moment.

Lap 38: The gap between the top six and the rest of the field is astounding. Webber is just under 20s off the lead, but seventh place de la Rosa is a full 30 seconds behind him.

Lap 38: The lead gap is down to two seconds as Massa drops time passing Kovalainen.

Lap 38: Hamilton is told to save fuel as the McLaren team may need to use an aggressive fuel-save mode at the end of the race.

Lap 39: Michael Schumacher in 10th is closing in on team-mate Nico Rosberg again. The gap is now exactly one second. Petrov and Kobayashi are still in close attendance.

Lap 39: Massa now clears Glock's Virgin as the Ferrari pair battle through traffic.

Lap 39: Alonso is closing rapidly on Massa as the Brazilian faces di Grassi's Virgin.

Lap 39: Alonso clears di Grassi but the gap is down to just 1.1 seconds.

Lap 40: Massa is now clear of the tailend pack and has a lot of clear track infront of him, with Alonso right behind.

Lap 41: Sutil in 17th is flying on his new tyres after running off the road a few laps ago. He sets the fastest lap of the race with 1m17.300s.

Lap 41: Webber is being told on the Red Bull radio to drop to four seconds behind Button's McLaren.

Lap 42: Behind the top six, de la Rosa continues in seventh but has yet to stop. Kubica is eighth, Rosberg ninth and Schumacher still 10th.

Lap 42: Button is told of that message to Webber now he is no longer under threat from the Red Bull.

Lap 42: The gap between Massa and Alonso is just a second.

Lap 43: Rosberg is the one now losing pace at the bottom end of the top 10. Schumacher is still one second behind him, with the same gap to Petrov and then Kobayashi, who is 12th.

Lap 43: Vettel sets the fastest lap at 1m17.242s but is almost six seconds behind the Ferraris.

Lap 43: Barrichello is still pushing to catch this group in 13th. He is 1.6 seconds behind the Japanese driver.

Lap 44: Webber is now 4.6 seconds behind Button but setting reasonable pace as Red Bull looks to protect a problem with the Australian's engine.

Lap 44: Petrov makes an error and that has put Kobayashi right onto him again. Can the Japanese make the most of the opportunity this time?

Lap 44: No, because Petrov edges out the gap on the next lap to 0.7 seconds. Barrichello is now right there with them.

Lap 45: Vettel again takes the fastest lap at 1m17.122s.

Lap 46: Massa is just 0.9 seconds ahead at the line and are homing in on a pack of cars, with Hulkenberg's Williams next to be lapped.

Lap 46: Webber is told about his engine oil problem on the radio and that hard braking may help move some oil around the car.

Lap 46: Virgin currently leads the new teams battle with di Grassi 18th and Glock 19th. However, both have yet to stop and Kovalainen is just eight seconds behind di Grassi.

Lap 47: The gaps are beginning to stretch in that midfield battle for the tail of the points. Rosberg in ninth has 1.2s over Schumacher.

Lap 47: Massa now has that sizable train in sight which is headed by de la Rosa in seventh and spreads all the way back to Hulkenberg in 14th.

Lap 48: Massa is told on the radio "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?"

Lap 48: Schumacher is now 2.3 seconds ahead of Petrov, then it is 1.6s to Kobayashi, then another 2.6s to Barrichello in 13th.

Lap 49: Massa slows and Alonso is through into the lead.

Lap 49: With instructions from the pits, there is sure to be some controversy over that switch-over between the Ferrari drivers.

Lap 50: Rob Smedley says "sorry" to his driver as the Brazilian falls into second place behind Alonso.

Lap 51: New leader Alonso is quickly closing on that train of cars and has already lapped Hulkenberg.

Lap 51: Vettel sets the fastest lap and is now just 2.9 seconds behind Massa.

Lap 51: Down in 14th, Hulkenberg's new tyres are helping him quite well. He has caught team-mate Barrichello as they are both lapped by the Ferraris.

Lap 52: Finally, de la Rosa pits from seventh. He takes on the super-soft tyres and rejoins, but out of the top 10.

Lap 53: Lucas di Grassi has spun wildly out of the lead in the new teams battle. Glock takes over 18th with Kovalainen just 2.7s behind him.

Lap 54: Senna is through as well and up to 20th and di Grassi is in trouble. He pits.

Lap 54: Alonso is now 2.7 seconds ahead of team-mate Massa as they battle to lap the cars just outside the points.

Lap 54: De la Rosa rejoined in 13th place and is quickly under attack from Hulkenberg.

Lap 55: Di Grassi's Virgin is wheeled into the garage. His race is over. We expect Glock to pit soon and hand over the new teams lead to Kovalainen.

Lap 55: Alonso sets the fastest lap at a 1m16.625s, pulling to three seconds clear of Massa.

Lap 55: Glock pits and Kovalainen duly takes over 18th place. Glock rejoins in a safe 19th position.

Lap 56: Pedro de la Rosa in 13th is immediately onto the back of Barrichello's Williams thanks to those new tyres.Hulkenberg is just 0.6s behind them.

Lap 56: Vettel is keeping the pressure on Massa with another new fastest lap. He's just 2.6 seconds behind the Ferrari.

Lap 57: Hamilton is now 23.3 seconds behind the leader in fourth, with a comfortable gap back to Button fifth and Webber sixth.

Lap 58: Vettel is now just 1.4 seconds behind a likely deflated Massa as they battle through lapped traffic.

Lap 58: Vitaly Petrov is 10th and set to score a point this afternoon. However, his race engineer tells him sternly on the radio that he needs to shift early to seventh gear - or the team will be forced to turn his engine revs down.

Lap 59: Vettel is now right with Massa in a battle for second place.

Lap 59: Massa is closing on Schumacher to lap his former team-mate.

Lap 59: Oh disaster for Lotus! Kovalainen is touring on the circuit after turning in on de la Rosa at Turn 2. The Finn hands the new teams lead and 18th place back to Glock's Virgin.

Lap 60: De la Rosa lost a part of his front wing in the move to lap Kovalainen and he's into the pits, wrecking his chance of points this afternoon.

Lap 61: Vettel is eying the 18 points Massa is currently holding, which would greatly help the German's championship challenge.

Lap 61: Kovalainen pits and this could be the end of the day for Lotus. Glock is 18th and has a comfortable 45s buffer over Senna's HRT.

Lap 61: Kovalainen climbs out and retires from the German Grand Prix.

Lap 62: Alonso has a comfortable lead of 3.9 seconds with five laps to go in Germany.

Lap 62: Robert Kubica runs in a lonely seventh place, with Rosberg eighth, Schumacher ninth and Petrov in 10th.

Lap 63: Button has been closing on his team-mate, but Hamilton is told he no longer needs to save fuel. The McLarens are fourth and fifth.

Lap 63: Rosberg and Schumacher have yielded as the Mercedes pair get lapped by the Ferraris at home. The team will still pick up some points for eighth and ninth.

Lap 64: Alonso holds a 4.3 second lead over Massa now with Vettel continuing to push in third, now 5.4 second back.

Lap 65: Hamilton is fourth but now 26.1 seconds off the leading Ferrari with Button a further second back.

Lap 66: Mark Webber is sixth but certainly has backed off the pace a little after receiving that message from his race engineer some time ago.

Lap 66: Button runs wide at Turn 1 and drops to 2.4 seconds behind team-mate Hamilton, as the Ferraris enter the stadium on the final lap.

13:31 Fernando Alonso wins the German Grand Prix.

13:31 The Spaniard lost out at the first corner to team-mate Massa and was unable to find a way past the Brazilian until he was allowed through.

13:31 It's a strong day in the points for Alonso and Ferrari, but they will surely face controversy over that switch between the team-mates

13:31 Massa holds on for second but is sure to be unhappy about letting his team-mate through after leading strongly earlier on.

13:31 Vettel takes solid points for third, with Hamilton maintaining his championship lead with a fourth place.

13:32 Button takes valuable points for fifth, with Webber getting his ailing car home in sixth.

13:32 Kubica finishes seventh to score good points for Renault, with Rosberg eighth, Schumacher ninth and Petrov claims the final point for 10th.

13:32 Vettel grabbed the fastest lap with a 1m15.824s on the last lap.

13:33 Kobayashi came home in 11th, out of the points. Barrichello and Hulkenberg finished in 12th and 13th, ahead of de la Rosa in 14th.

13:34 It's the 23rd career win for Alonso but his delight is tempered by the controversial circumstances.

13:34 Alguersuari finishes in 15th with Liuzzi 16th and Sutil 17th. All three suffered from an incident at Turn 6 on the opening lap.

13:35 Timo Glock wins the new teams battle for Virgin with 18th ahead of Senna, who brings the HRT past the flag in 19th and the last classified finisher.

13:38 The Spanish national anthem plays on the Hockenheim podium for Fernando Alonso - winner of the 2010 German Grand Prix.

13:39 That is followed by the Italian national anthem as Ferrari celebrates its first one-two since Bahrain - the opening race of the season.

13:40 Fernando Alonso picks up his prize for today's controversial win, his second triumph of the season.

13:40 Stefano Domenicali collects the constructors' prize for Ferrari with the team taking a one-two, but is sure to face media storm later.

13:40 Felipe Massa accepts his award for second place. He doesn't smile, knowing that it could have been him on the top step.

13:41 Vettel fought hard but ultimately ended up third and is now tied on points with team-mate Webber in the title race.

13:42 The champagne sprays on the podium but the atmosphere is far from bubbly, as Massa firstly declines to spray his bottle, then decides to soak Vettel.

13:44 Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali ushers his drivers back onto the top step of the podium and the three of them stand for the photographers, to present a show of solidarity.

13:44 Stick with AUTOSPORT for all the reaction to a controversial German Grand Prix.

13:48 Here's our round-up of the German Grand Prix:

Alonso leads Ferrari 1-2 in Germany

13:48 Five drivers retired from the German Grand Prix:

Kovalainen toured into retirement when looking set to win the new teams fight for Lotus.

Lucas di Grassi retired with a mechanical problem after spinning at Turn 1.

Sakon Yamamoto stopped out on track in the middle sector while battling against the recovering Force Indias.

Jarno Trulli retired in the pits early when following Kovalainen as the Lotus pair made the best of a difficult start.

Sebastien Buemi was the first retirement, after being crunched in the rear by team-mate Alguersuari at Turn 6 on the opening lap.

13:52 Hamilton retains his lead at the top of the drivers' standings, and is now 21 points clear of both Red Bull drivers. Alonso's maximum haul puts him 34 points behind the leader down in fifth. McLaren also still lead the constructors' crown and only drop a point today with Ferrari taking the major scores.
World Championship standings, round 11:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Hamilton     157        1.  McLaren-Mercedes          300
 2.  Button       143        2.  Red Bull-Renault          272
 3.  Webber       136        3.  Ferrari                   208
 4.  Vettel       136        4.  Mercedes                  132
 5.  Alonso       123        5.  Renault                    96
 6.  Rosberg       94        6.  Force India-Mercedes       47
 7.  Kubica        89        7.  Williams-Cosworth          31
 8.  Massa         85        8.  Sauber-Ferrari             15
 9.  Schumacher    38        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         10
10.  Sutil         35       
13:56 Ferrari bounces back to form with a spectacular one-two, but how closely will the FIA stewards look at the switch between Massa and Alonso as the lead changed?

Sebastian Vettel fought hard to keep the Scuderia in sight and just managed to do so, but what about McLaren? Hamilton and Button pick up fourth and fifth but were defeated to the tune of almost half-a-minute.

McLaren and the rest of the Formula 1 field will need to work quickly to reduce the deficit to the red cars, with the next race just one week from now.

This was the 2010 German Grand Prix on AUTOSPORT Live. Thanks for joining us throughout the weekend. We will be back tomorrow at 15:00 GMT with the early weather forecast ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Monday 19 Jul Start GMT
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Friday 23 Jul
 Friday Morning Practice 07:45
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