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The stewards are reviewing the Vettel pass on Button - we'll see what comes of that. For now, though, the results are as stated. We are back next week for the Hungarian Grand Prix - join me then, and before @Mark_Eurosport

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Alonso's third win of the season - and one that puts him 34 points clear in the title race. Well deserved.

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The rest of the top 10: Raikkonen, Kobayashi, Perez, Schumacher, Webber, Hulkenberg, Rosberg

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Vettel, Button on the podium!

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ALONSO WINS!

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The model of consistency, Alonso, comes round to win the race...

67/67 

Button not happy that the move was completed off the circuit. We'll see if that comes to anything.

67/67 

Alonso will be delighted it took Vettel that long - if this race had five more laps to run, he could have made a move.

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HE DOES IT! Vettel's DRS too good, and the Red Bull makes the move stick.

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On to the penultimate lap - the home crowd would love to see Vettel get ahead of the McLaren...

65/67 

Vetel on the charge now - less than half a second away - it's all about Button's defence.

65/67 

0.9 seconds separate second and third places. Alonso has a two second cushion ahead of them.

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Alonso looks to have cleared Button here - the battle is whether Jenson can hold second place. Vettel is closing.

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Top 10: Alonso, Button, Vettel, Raikkonen, Kobayashi, Perez, Schumacher, Webber, Hulkenberg, Rosberg

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Schumacher has gained ground on Perez - he's just two seconds down on Perez now, and gaining a second a lap.

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Into the final laps of the race. All three drivers running as fast as they have done all race. Where next from here?

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Vettel picks up another couple of tenths on Button - he's now closer to the McLaren than the McLaren is to Alonso.

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If it finished this way, Alonso would extend his championship lead to 34 points - that would be a big step forward in his title challenge.

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The gap either side of Button is 1.3 seconds. Is the McLaren starting to go off the boil, or is he biding his time?

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Button's tyres are one lap older than Alonso's and Vettel's. Vettel just gaining a little time here...

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Raikkonen has stopped gaining on Vettel for the moment. That looks like the top three is settled. Just a question of what order they'll be in...

59/67 

Best lap of the race from Alonso - impressive stuff, just what he needs to keep the McLaren at bay.

58/67 

Apparent translation of the Italian - Button is very quick, so push on, Fernando.

58/67

Hamilton looks to be coming into the pits - and yes, his race his over. Not an afternoon to remember for Hamilton.

57/67 

The drivers are committed to their tyres now - would be racing suicide to come into the pits at this stage. It's simply a question of how the tyres hold up.

57/67 

There's traffic ahead - he may be looking to be close to take advantage of any hold-up.

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Button just coming back towards the rear wing of the Ferrari - 0.7 seconds the gap.

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Schumacher posts the fastest lap of the race with a 1:19.0 - those new tyres could yet help him out...

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You sense this race is just building towards a grandstand finish. All three drivers know that the race will be won or lost in the final half a dozen laps.

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Meanwhile the two Caterhams very nearly collide jostling for 17th place, more than a lap off the pace.

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Raikkonen has brought the gap down to 12 seconds on Vettel - that could get interesting at the death if he continues at this rate.

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Vettel wide again, kicking up some earth with his wheels. Looks a little ragged out there.

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SCHUMACHER PITS! The Saubers were able to run on two stops, but Mercedes need a third, and that's cost the German two places. Now seventh.

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The top 10: Alonso, Button, Vettel, Raikkonen, Schumacher, Kobayashi, Perez, Rosberg, Webber, Hulkenberg

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Button still a second back on Alonso, Vettel still two second from Button. Will something give? Replays show Vettel fighting the car.

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Rosberg has to pit from P8, and that drops him down to 11th. Time to get back into the points, however, at his home race.

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That said, Grosjean's miserable showing continues by running wide. Down in 20th at the moment, more than a lap off the pace.

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The Lotus is going well now - they like it when the sun is out. Raikkonen gaining at the rate of a second a lap on Vettel.

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Things appear to have settled down at the front - Alonso not being threatened by Button, despite their proximity on the track.

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Hamilton has pitted and re-emerges in 16th. It's beeen a pretty wretched afternoon for him.

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Alonso is getting his messages in Italian - presumably to keep me from hearing them and telling you.

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Button settling into a pattern just within a second of Alonso. Vettel may be playing the smart game, here, just waiting.

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Hamilton says he'll need to pit again, McLaren agree. But he's done his team-mate a service this afternoon.

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On pace alone, Button is the faster man - but it's one thing being quick, and another actually taking the track position.

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Button just 0.6 of a second adrift now - Vettel two seconds further back up the road. Raikkonen almost 16 seconds away.

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'Be smart', Button told now - there's 22 more laps to run on these tyres. Everyone looking to make it to the finish in two stops.

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Alonso with the quickest first sector of the race so far - he's got to get a move on, because the McLaren man is looking very quick.

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Hamilton, meanwhile down in 16th. 10 seconds adrift of Maldonado, but several of these drivers still have stops to make.

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Kobayashi pits, re-emerging in sixth, then losing a place to Hulkenberg.

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Button gaining on Alonso here as he carves through the traffic. Plenty of life left in this race.

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Top 10: Alonso, Button, Vettel, Kobayashi, Raikkonen, Schumacher, Hulkenberg, Perez, Rosberg, Webber

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Vettel runs wide at the first corner which cost shim a second or two, and that eases the pressure on Button. Alonso about two seconds up the road.

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Button blocks off Vettel, who has DRS, and that might be the moment that seals the move. 'FANTASTIC', he is told on the radio, 'Let's get Alonso'.

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Only just, but Button has made that one lap count. McLaren have got a strategy call right!

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BUTTON AHEAD OF VETTEL!

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Ferrari react - so do Red Bull - both men into the pits!

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Button emerges just behind Grosjean, who's been lapped. What can he do in clear air?

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McLaren are going to bring Button in here - that's a good move.

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Raikkonen has come in for his second stop, having dragged the last bit of life out of his soft tyres. He may be a factor again when he is on mediums and the leaders are on softs.

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Vettel has slipped back to around 2.4 seconds behind Alonso - perhaps wisely biding his time.

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There's nothing wrong with trying to attack Alonso, is the message from McLaren to Hamilton - he's putting the Ferrari under pressure and helping Button no end.

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Schumacher into the pits from fifth - meanwhile, Hulkenberg returns to the points positions by passing Maldonado, who's going backwards.

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To make matters worse for Vettel -his KERS seems to have been compromised.

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The mystery continues - next corner the blue flags tell him to keep in mind a leader (Vettel) is behind him! Vettel not at all happy.

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BIZARRE! Hamilton unlaps himself against Vettel, which he's allowed to do. And next up Alonso!

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But there's a bit of an issue here, because Hamilton is clearly quicker than Vettel and Alonso!

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Hulkenberg stops and comes out in 12th. Hamilton told not to hold up Button.

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Hamilton lapped by the top two, now, and Button just closing in to lap his team-mate.

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Kobayashi gets ahead of Webber on merit! Easy move in th end and he's up to eighth.

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Vettel just slipped away a touch, but has responded by setting another fastest lap of the race.

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The softs of Raikkonen will serve as a bit of a warning to the top three - they'll need to run a short stint on them.

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Raikkonen seems to have gone off the boil a touch - that will be the soft tyres, then.

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PEREZ ON THE MOVE! Up to sixth after getting ahead of Hulkenberg. Michael Schumacher is next up the road for the Mexican, about five seconds away.

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Alonso gets ahead of Pic numbly, and Vettel swiftly follows.

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A Marussia is ahead of Alonso which could be just the distraction that Vettel needs to make his move....

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He is bringing the gap down, however - 4 seconds and coming down all the time...

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'Just let them battle with each other,' Button told about the duo up front. As if he has a choice...

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Vettel now under a second away from Alonso - he is within the DRS range, and DRS is proving a big boost into that hairpin...

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Hamilton is just going to make one MORE stop - he's currently running in 18th. Might he yet be in the running for a point or two?

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Button down to about five seconds behind - he's still very much in touch - and has a 10 second cushion back to Raikkonen.

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Alonso is seeing his lead diminish here - it was 2.6 seconds to Vettel, and it's now only just above one....

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Hulkenberg has spent so much time defending today - but he's going to have to keep it up because Perez and then Webber are on his tail...

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Kobayashi pits and comes out in 9th place - he's contesting that place with Paul Di Resta immediately.

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Raikkonen told that he is catching the leaders. And he is - it's curious that Grosjean hasn't been able to get the same performance out of the Lotus this weekend.

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Some confusion over what Hamilton is going to do here. Talk of a one-stopper. Do they mean one stop including the emergency stop early in the race? Surely not...

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Perez is now swarming over the back of Hulkenberg in a bid to take P6. He and Raikkonen are the men on the move.

22/67 

Button appears to have gained around 2.5 seconds on Vettel by pitting earlier. All three men at the front covered one another's strategies - three stops, medium tyres on this stint.

22/67 

Hamilton, meanwhile, is down in 21st, and sounds fairly miserable.

22/67 

'We are racing to win this race,' Button told. Might be a bit ambitious at this stage, but he'll be happy to be in the mix at last after some dreadful races.

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The world champion does a good job of dispatching Kobayashi, however. Raikkonen has got past Schumacher and is now up to fifth, while Webber has bested Maldonado for ninth.

21/67 

Vettel behind Alonso... AND behind Kobayashi - that wasn't the plan...

21/67 

Here comes VETTEL! Will he get out ahead of Alonso?

20/67 

Will Vettel buck the trend and go for a two-stopper? The other drivers have shown their hand. Kobayashi and Perez are flying - the Sauber going very well on new and old tyres!

20/67 

Button does the same - medium tyres - and he joins behind Kobayashi, who's yet to stop.

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Alonso back out in third place, and opts for medium tyres. No clear-cut choice amongst the constructors about which compound to go for at this stage.

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Perez has pitted, and the Ferrari engineers look they are going to bring in the race leader.

18/67 

Alonso runs a little bit wide, and flattens a few blades of grass - it doesn't cost him - but does it mean he needs to stop?

18/67 

It looks like the top drivers are now eyeing a two-stop strategy - unless they bring the cars in in the next lap or two.

17/67 

Button still unable to close that six-second gap to the top two. Perez a further six seconds back, going very well indeed.

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Schumacher still under fierce pressure from Raikkonen. The place he took from Hulkenberg could soon be handed back to the Finn.

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Sergio Perez, who has also not stopped, is now running fourth! His pace is currently better than the top two. That Sauber is just so easy on its tyres.

16/67 

Soft tyres look like the way to go on this early evidence. None of the top three have stopped yet, however.

16/67

GOT HIM! Schumacher steals the position at turn eight, AND RAIKKONEN FOLLOWS! Both cheeky moves, but well executed.

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Raikkonen right behind the Hulkenberg/Schumacher battle...

15/67 

Raikkonen with back-to-back fastest laps - and Schumacher pits and comes out BEHIND Hulkenberg - he loses a place in that stop.

14/67 

Webber runs wide trying to warm up his tyres. That's cost him the chance of getting ahead of Maldonado, who stops and comes out ahead of him.

14/67 

Alonso sets the fastest lap with a 1:21.994, Button within a tenth of a second. Raikkonen eclipses them both on his new tyres.

13/67 

In the pits: Webber and Hulkenberg - they're on medium compounds and back out. Webber held up by Maldonado and Hulkenberg in 7th when he stopped, and went for a change.

12/67 

Button so far matching the leaders' pace, rather than closing on them. He's about six seconds down the road.

12/67 

Raikkonen now into the pits from 8th - he sticks on soft tyres, which Lotus have told him were the best compound.

11/67

BUTTON UP TO THIRD! Easy as you like with DRS to get past the German at the hairpin. Now the serious stuff begins - can he fight with Vettel and Alonso?

11/67 

First planned pit stop - Di Resta comes in from 10th place.

10/67 

Button certainly bridging the gap to Schumacher. Just 0.6 of a second away now.

10/67 

Vettel has just dropped back a touch - just enough that he cannot activate DRS and attempt to pass Alonso. But there's a long way left in the race, as Webber showed when he got past the Spaniard late at Silverstone.

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That Sauber is looking mighty - Perez now up to ninth place. The Mexican is an outstanding talent, and only his second season of F1.

9/67 

Next up the road for Button is Schumacher - the McLaren looks like it might be the faster car.

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BUTTON PASSES HULKENBERG! Do the McLaren drivers ever peak at the same time these days?

8/67 

Hamilton is complaining of instability, around the left rear. His lap times suggest things are alright - comparable with the leaders, in fact, but Hamilton not happy.

8/67 

Perez on an impressive charge up through the field - he's gained seven places and moved into the top 10.

7/67 

'Don't worry', is the message for Alonso with Vettel on his tail. Are Ferrari confident? They sound it.

7/67 

The top 10: Alonso, Vettel, Schumacher, Hulkenberg, Button, Maldonado, Webber, Raikkonen, Di Resta, Ricciardo

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RAIKKONEN! Outrageous move on Di Resta - wheel to wheel on the outside of the Force India - good move, only to lift from 9th to 8th.

5/67 

Things going better for the other McLaren with Button, however - he leapfrogged Maldonado to get into the top five.

5/67 

Alonso repsonds to the charge of Vettel with a new fastest lap.

4/67 

Hamilton is going to give it a go - he gets back out on medium tyres and we'll see if things pick up from here.

4/67

'We should retire,' says Hamilton. He sounds very deflated on his 100th GP.

4/67 

Vettel closing up to Alonso - the gap is 0.6 seocnds and he's within striking distance with DRS enabled.

3/67 

'I've got a problem!' says Hamilton - he certainly does - it's his left rear tyre - he's dropped right to the back of the field and is limping to the pits.

3/67 

Bad lap for Hamilton - he's down to 10th after losing a spot to Di Resta.

2/67 

Senna's race looks to be over. Meanwhile at the front Alonso and Vettel pulluing away in the top two.

2/67 

Massa and Grosjean into the pits to replace nose cones - and Senna in too... his car is smoking.

1/67 

Grosjean sails straight through the mass of cars at the hairpin and off - not sure what happened to him there but it's a bad start after a bad qualifying.

1/67

Schumacher gets ahead of Hulkenberg at the hairpin - up to third, great move!

1/67 

Massa locks heavily after the first corner, looks like he's dropped places...

1/67 

Looks like everyone got away smoothly, Alonso easing away into the lead.

1/67

GO GO GO!

13:02 

A final warming up of the tyres from Alonso and he's into his grid slot...

13:01 

Most drivers on the soft tyres, with Vergne Pic and Rosberg the exception on mediums. Will be interesting to see Rosberg's progress compared to the rest of the field.

13:00 

Right - the drivers are off on their formation lap. The race just moments away.

12:55

Who's your money on for today's race? Can Alonso convert his pole into victory? Will we see a German win on home soil? Or will it be one of the McLarens from further back on the grid? Tweet your thoughts to @Mark_Eurosport

12:50 

There's a bit of a stink brewing in Germany over Red Bull's torque map irregularities (try not to get too hot under the collar), but the long and short of it is that Red Bull are not in trouble for now. Ominously, Mercedes principal Ross Brawn has said that this probably isn't the end of the matter.

12:45

The weather looks pretty good - some white clouds in the sky, but lots of blue as well, and we're set for a dry race. That could be what makes this race unpredictable - the teams haven't had much running in the dry this weekend to get their times right.

12:40 

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