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The full race results are on the left. Vettel now has 216 points at the top of the drivers' standings with Webber following on 139. Hamilton has 134 while Button is fifth with 109 behind Alonso (130).

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Adrian Sutil finishes sixth with Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, Kamui Kobayashi and Vitaly Petrov completing the points positions.

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Vettel's run of top-two finishes comes to an end, but he takes crucial points with fourth. Massa fifth.

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Alonso 3.9s back takes second with Webber completing the podium.

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HAMILTON WINS THE GERMAN GRAND PRIX!!!

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And Ferrari are too slow - Vettel takes fourth place on the basis of the pitstop!!!!

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In they come... Vettel almost runs into the back of Massa on the entry...

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Massa and Vettel will both come in with one lap to race as they battle for fourth. Vettel right up behind the Ferrari.

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Hamilton informed that he is the quickest car out there and will surely win this German GP. Schumacher eighth, losing one place with the final pitstop.

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Webber back third after the stop, with Hamilton now leading the race again from Alonso. 3.7s the gap from first to second.

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The rain will seemingly hold off for the entire race then - we have had a fascinating battle nonetheless. And in comes Webber...

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Race 'leader' Webber's tyres are almost gone and he must come in now, surely... if he doesn't use all the tyres he will be hit with a 30-second penalty.

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And in he comes - but Hamilton stays ahead after the stop.

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Alonso tells his team the importance of a good lap now...

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Di Resta ninth but must stop again. Alonso stays out despite the Ferrari mechanics standing ready with the tyres out of the blankets...

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Hamilton tells McLaren his tyres are starting to go - and in he comes. He stands third but Alonso and Webber must stop again - the Briton's lead was 2.7s when he came in.

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Sutil pits from sixth and comes back out in seventh, a healthy 10 seconds ahead of Schumacher as Kobayashi - under pressure from Schumi - also comes in.

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The top 10 - points positions: 1.Hamilton 2.Alonso 3.Webber 4.Massa 5.Vettel 6.Sutil 7.Rosberg 8.Kobayashi 9.Schumi 10.Di Resta

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And Petrov comes in for tyres.

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Schumacher has taken ninth from Petrov. A few corners later the Russian cuts the corner and must surely give Schumi the place back... he doesn't seem about to but the German legend retakes it anyway down the long straight.

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Massa cuts the chicane but Vettel is unable to take advantage. Vettel has been told his brakes are now fine after earlier problems.

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Hamilton's lead still three seconds as he brings the soft tyres to the end of their lifespan. Webber is closer to Alonso now - just over two seconds.

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Liuzzi is also out of this race, some time ago.

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Perez down in 13th after his pitstop. He was running in the top 10.

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Vettel 0.2s off Massa - but 43s off the lead. His run of nine first- or second-place finishes looks set to come to an end.

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Schumacher eyes Alguersuari - and is past for 11th after some nifty slipstreaming down the start/finish straight. The Spaniard tried to come back at him, unsuccessfully.

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Rosberg back past Kobayashi for seventh, just making it stick down the inside. The retirement of Button brings to an end a run of 14 races where he has finished.

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Massa and Vettel all alone in fourth and fifth, separated by only two seconds. Kobayashi overtakes Rosberg for seventh.

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Schumi comes in and rejoins in 12th.

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Hamilton three seconds ahead of Alonso with Webber 3.8s further back.

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Rosberg pits from seventh and is now ninth behind Schumi and Kobayashi. The German will have to stop again.

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Button has a hydraulics problem and is forced out of the German GP!

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Button past Rosberg for sixth, the 2009 world champion plugging away.

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Hamilton now 1.7s clear at the front with Webber attacking Alonso as he seeks second.

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Hamilton nicks the lead from Alonso! The Spaniard was caught napping...

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Webber looks to bite back but Hamilton is not having that - Webber forced to stay on the track at the outside of turn two so he doesn't touch the astroturf.

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Hamilton only 0.6s ahead of former McLaren colleague Alonso and the Brit ducks into the pits... and comes out easily in front of Webber!

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Webber comes in a second time and re-emerges in third. Hamilton assumes the 'lead'.

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Alonso in third 1.6s off the lead. This race could go to any of the front three yet.

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Kobayashi eyeing ninth with Schumi struggling ahead of him.

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Button closing rapidly on Sutil. The Force India about to come under attack from the McLaren.

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The order: 1.Webber 2.Hamilton 3.Alonso 4.Massa 5.Vettel 6.Rosberg 7.Sutil 8.Button 9.Schumacher 10.Kobayashi 11.Maldonado 12.Perez 13.Petrov 14.Alguersuari 15.Di Resta 16.Buemi 17.Kovalainen 18.Glock 19.Liuzzi 20.Ricciardo 21.D'Ambrosio 22.Chandhok

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Webber has set fastest laps but is less than a second ahead of Hamilton. The first round of stops are almost complete.

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Button stops in the McLaren for soft tyres. He comes out behind Sutil, who is seventh at present.

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Schumacher spins the Mercedes and struggles to get it going again... he does so and is now well behind Rosberg and Sutil.

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Sutil comes in from fourth and re-emerges behind the Rosberg-Schumacher-Petrov scrap. The Mercedes duo recently passed the Russian.

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Barrichello suffered an oil leak. Massa passes Petrov for sixth and Vettel also comes through.

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Massa and Vettel right behind Petrov. A three-way battle developing with half a second between them.

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Vettel passes Kobayashi easily for eighth spot.

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Hamilton three-tenths quicker than Webber in the first sector... Barrichello retires from the race after coming in to the Williams garage.

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The top three separated by just 1.7s. Sutil, Button, Petrov and Kobayashi follow, all yet to stop.

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Some excellent racing so far... and it is starting to spit with rain. Massa in, giving Webber the lead. Great stuff from the Australian and better news for Red Bull; Vettel is ninth after pitting a couple of laps ago.

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They re-emerge in the same order as Massa and Webber come round the bend before the pitlane exit... no collisions as Massa leads - briefly, as he is yet to pit - from Webber, Hamilton and Alonso.

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Alonso 1.1s off Hamilton - and in come the pair of them...

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In comes Webber... he re-emerges in sixth among traffic! Bad news for Red Bull. Button in ninth all over the Renault of Petrov.

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Buemi has been in for a damage check on the Toro Rosso while Massa has finally managed to get past Rosberg for fifth.

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Webber still right there, with Alonso also having a look behind - the Spaniard tries to come up the inside and Webber locks up, but manages to keep P2!

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Webber overtakes Hamilton for the lead after the latter got wide at the apex of the chicane - but Webber gets out of shape and Hamilton comes out of the slipstream to retake P1!

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Buemi defended from him and the pair made side-to-side contact before the German smashed into brake marker boards. Hamilton now only 0.7s ahead of Webber.

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Heidfeld caught by Buemi and his Renault goes flying off with major damage. The end of the race for him.

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He hasn't crashed, just spun after touching the white line. Rosberg now all over the back of him.

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Brit Paul di Resta makes it past Kovalainen at the NGK chicane for 17th. And Vettel is off at turn 10!

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Petrov and Button are fighting it out for ninth with Kobayashi now closing on them also.

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Alonso takes third place back from Vettel at turn one - without DRS. Top move from the double world champion.

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No rain expected in the next 30 minutes. Webber is now closing on Hamilton, a second off the McLaren-driving Briton. /// David lee: "come on lewis and jenson take this race - show your­ crictics what you can do"

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Massa all over Rosberg at the end of this lap but cannot overtake as he cuts the corner.

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Buemi passes Glock for 17th place. Hamilton's lead has stabilised at around two seconds.

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The revs on Webber's Red Bull died away to give Lewis's McLaren the chance to come through at the start. Alonso did not mess about in moving between the Red Bulls. But here again at turn three he runs wide and drops off the pair.

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Hamilton's lead up to 1.5 seconds already. DRS is now enabled on the run around to the final chicane.

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Rubens Barrichello is up three places to 11th while Kamui Kobayashi has made up five for 12th! Pastor Maldonado, Jaime Alguersuari, Sergio Perez, Heikki Kovalainen, Timo Glock, Buemi Liuzzi follow.

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Alonso up on the kerb then off the track altogether to give Vettel a chance to retake third spot, and the reigning world champion and standings leader does so easily!

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Nico Rosberg up one place to fifth followed by Felipe Massa, Adrian Sutil, Vitaly Petrov, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher. Button dropped two places.

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He makes it stick and Fernando Alonso is also past Sebastian Vettel for third!

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Hamilton past Webber for the lead!

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WE ARE GO GO GO IN THE GERMAN GP!

13:00 

The cars set off on the formation lap with red lights blinking on their rear ends. Slicks seem to be the rubber of choice.

12:57 

The drivers are in their cars waiting for the off. The three-minute warning has passed and it is doubtful that anyone will be using wets at the start.

12:55 

The rain is continuing to spit, with a bigger shower expected in the second half of a race. Track temperature is 14 degrees.

12:52 

Red Bull principal Christian Horner on 'team orders': "We don't want to be in a situation where we take a lot of points away from the team - but they're free to race and they know that."

12:50 

Team waiting to see what the weather does before deciding on which tyre to use at the start.

12:45 

Nico Rosberg has a small problem and has to be pushed to his starting position of sixth. The air temperature is only 13 degrees - add that to the rain and we could be in for a treat. Tonio Liuzzi and Sebastien Buemi will start from the back due to a gearbox change and fuel irregularities respectively.

12:40 

Lewis Hamilton starts on the front row alongside pole sitter Mark Webber - and admitted his qualifying performance came as a complete surprise following an unspectacular start to the weekend.

12:35 

With the race 25 minutes away, light rain begins to come down. There have been small showers all morning after a heavier downpour before the GP2 race.

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Welcome to live commentary of the German Grand Prix from the Nurburgring, where rain is threatening.