German GP as it happened

Text and video highlights of the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, where Sebastian Vettel has won.

7 July 2013 Last updated at 16:45

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As it happened

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    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel was all smiles at the Nurburgring as claimed his first victory on home soil as Lewis Hamilton faded from pole to fifth. Can Andy Murray do any better over at Wimbledon? I'm off to find out. Until the Hungarian Grand Prix in three weeks' time, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 1601: 

    After back-to-back races, we can all look forward to two consecutive weeks off as Formula 1 takes a bit of a break. The young drivers' test takes place at Silverstone between 17-19 July, but the racing doesn't return until Friday 26th July at the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix. I'll be back at 0830 BST to bring you live coverage of first practice.

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    That race had a bit of everything, with battles for the lead, plenty of overtaking and a car rolling backwards across the track without a driver.

    Sebastian Vettel may well have extended his lead at the top of the championship, but it's clear Lotus and Ferrari - and to an extent Mercedes - are very close in terms of performance which bodes well for the rest of the season.

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    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso said fourth place was "the maximum" on an afternoon where he finished just seven seconds down on the leader.

    "The race was not too bad. We did a good 60 laps overall, but obviously not good enough for the podium. Lotus were very good, it surprised us how long they did in the first stint on the soft tyres. The strategy that we thought yesterday didn't pay off so much. We lost a podium in the first 20 laps where we weren't good enough."

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    McLaren's Jenson Button describes the German Grand Prix as "a good weekend". The 2009 world champion finished sixth with team-mate Sergio Perez eighth.

    "We got everything out of the car that we could. The strategy was good. I was really hoping to get fifth, but the Caterhams destroyed the possibility. They're racing for position, but when they're blue flags, there are blue flags. It's a shame when it costs you so much. A pity but all in all, as a team we haven't put a foot wrong. Sixth is probably a bit better than we expected."

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    Here's Andrew Benson's report which neatly sums up everything that happened in a thrilling German Grand Prix. That'll set you up nicely for the race highlights show which hits your screens at 1800 BST on BBC One.


    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "The most important thing today is that the cameraman who got struck by the tyre does not appear to have suffered serious injury.

    "It's a timely reminder that working in the pit lane is dangerous. Everyone reacted incredibly quickly and the most important thing is to hear that he seems to be fundamentally OK."

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    We're hearing that Paul Allen, the cameraman who works for FOM, Formula 1's in-house broadcaster, has suffered a broken shoulder and cracked ribs. He's currently in hospital and under observation. Keep an eye on our story on the F1 pages which will be updated when we get more news.

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    German GP Jules Bianchi

    It's been a long time since we've seen an engine let go in the way Marussia's Jules Bianchi's Cosworth unit did in during the German Grand Prix. The Frenchman did a good job of getting out of the car quickly, though, he probably didn't expect the car to roll backwards down the hill without anyone at the wheel.

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    Lotus boss Eric Boullier says his team "definitely" had the fastest car at the Nurburgring today. Unfortunately, they didn't quite get the strategy right to take victory, but a second and third is their best result since Bahrain, when they achieved the same result.

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    Pirelli did a good job in making changes to the tyres which meant we didn't see a failure this weekend. Admittedly, this track isn't as tough on the rubber as Silverstone, but it's still a relief to get through this race unscathed.

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    Lewis Hamilton, who was squeezed by both Red Bulls at the start: "It's crazy that I struggled that much to get past the Sauber. I felt I was having such a difficult time and I wanted to know if Nico wasn't having a problem then it must be something with my driving or my setup. But it turned out it wasn't. We didn't have any blowouts this weekend, but I don't particularly like the tyres. But everyone else is getting on with them, so we have to work harder."

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    "I have nothing positive to say about these tyres," said Lewis Hamilton, who dropped from pole to fifth. "I don't understand why we struggle so much on them. But the team is working hard and we need to keep pushing."


    Rian Hoskins: Romain Grosjean shows he can handle the pressure of having a tough competitor on his tail and has the speed to win races.

    karen dantes billena: Woohoooo! Seb has won his first home grand prix! World class driving from Seb and the iceman on that last few laps.

    Andrew Rowlinson: Great performance by @Lotus_F1Team congratulations to both their drivers.


    Force India: "Two different strategies for Paul and Adrian didn't bring points, but it was a great effort by both and the team - brilliant pit stops today."

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    Paul Allen was the cameraman who was struck by a wheel that flew off Mark Webber's Red Bull in the pit lane. The FIA have issued a statement:

    "He was treated at the circuit medical centre and then transported by helicopter to Koblenz Hospital. The Briton has been kept there, under observation. Further information from the hospital will be provided as soon as it becomes available."

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    Sebastian Vettel extends his lead to 34 points in the drivers' standings from Fernando Alonso with Kimi Raikkonen a further seven behind. Lewis Hamilton is 58 points behind Vettel, with Mark Webber six further back.


    A final word from Sebastian Vettel: "Lotus was incredibly quick today, they managed their tyres better than most so all in all it was fantastic and compliments to the team."


    Romain Grosjean, who finished third: "It's good, it is a good result for the team. I thought I had a good chance but Sebastian drove very well. The team took the decision to put us on different tyres and it worked out in the end. It's good to be back on the podium."


    Kimi Raikkonen, who finished second: "My radio only worked in one part of the circuit and unfortunately today there was quite a lot to discuss. Not ideal. We did well but we didn't have the speed. Maybe the race could have been a little longer. The result wasn't ideal for us but we are getting back to where we should be."


    Sebastian Vettel, who took victory: "It's unbelievable. I am very, very happy. Kimi was pushing very close in the end but I was pushing in every lap except from the ones with the safety car.

    "I enjoyed today and I could feel Kimi coming and it was quite close with Romain too but we recovered and I am very happy the race ended after 60 laps and not 61 or 62 laps."

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    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel reveals that his Kers system didn't work for a few laps towards the end of the race but "thankfully" it started working again.

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    It's time for the podium interviews...

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    Sebastian Vettel takes in the applause on the podium before his national anthem rings out around the Nurburgring. That was the German's 30th career victory. He joins Michael and Ralf Schumacher as the only Germans to have won their home race.


    Wale: Webber is in the points. That's quite impressive from him. F1 will surely miss him.

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Seb Vettel taking this. But is it again the pit strategy by Lotus costing Kimi the win? Some late progress by Lewis.

    Richard Holt: Poor Webber. All Red Bull mistakes always happen to him.

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    1) Vettel 2) Raikkonen 3) Grosjean 4) Alonso 5) Hamilton 6) Button 7) Webber 8) Perez 9) Rosberg 10) Hulkenberg

    11) Di Resta 12) Ricciardo 13) Sutil 14) Gutierrez 15) Maldonado 16) Bottas 17) Pic 18) Van der Garde 19) Chilton

    Did not finish: Vergne, Bianchi and Massa

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    Sebastian Vettel punches the air after climbing out of his Red Bull. He then strokes the engine cover in a nod to his formidable machine.

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    Lewis Hamilton finishes fifth ahead of Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Sergio Perez, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg.

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    Kimi Raikkonen finishes second ahead of Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fourth. The Spaniard stops his car out on track at Turn One after the finish and hitches a ride on the back of a moped.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "It was a fantastic grand prix. A lot of strategy and a lot of intense action. Vettel took the fight to everyone else and he's finally won his home grand prix."

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    "Yes, yes, yes!" says Sebastian Vettel. "Woo hoo. Thanks guys that was a tough race, they really gave me a run for my money." The German punches the air as he crosses the line to the delight of his team who are hanging off the pit wall.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That is a brilliant pass by Hamilton and he gave space for Button and that is a real gentleman racing, we have seen that twice by Hamilton this afternoon."

    Sebastian Vettel

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel wins the German Grand Prix.

    LAP 60

    We're on the last lap. "Empty the tank," says Sebastian Vettel's race engineer as the German starts the final lap. Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton passes Jenson Button around the outside at Turn two for fifth. Beautiful move.

    LAP 59

    Kimi Raikkonen is in the DRS window on the penultimate lap! Oh the tension! Raikkonen just won't give up!

    LAP 58

    The gap is down to 1.2 seconds, but there are only two laps left. Can Sebastian Vettel hold on and claim his first victory in Germany and first in the calendar month in July? It's looking increasingly likely.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It's good recovery from Fernando Alonso, he had a fairly quiet start to the afternoon. He took a decision on his tyres in qualifying and it proved to be a good one."

    LAP 57

    Kimi Raikkonen is catching Sebastian Vettel but it's only by a few tenths per lap. I don't think he's going to have enough time. Meanwhile Mark Webber is up in the points in eighth, chasing Sergio Perez for seventh.

    LAP 56

    Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez for sixth place, with Jenson Button the next man up the road. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, is catching both Lotus drivers. Could he steal a podium at the death?

    LAP 55

    Kimi Raikkonen passes his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean at the final chicane. With five laps remaining, can the Finn catch and pass Sebastian Vettel? It's a big ask.


    Luke Perrin: Loving the race today! Glad to see the tyre strategies are working!

    Adebowale Adeola: Mercedes' inability to look after their tyres on hot tracks is their undoing this weekend. Lotus doing fantastic.

    Stephen: I miss the days when F1 was about the drivers, not tyres. Ummm. When was that though?

    LAP 54

    Sebastian Vettel is doing a good job of making his way through some traffic with six laps remaining. Kimi Raikkonen's charge has halted and his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean isn't making any impression on Vettel either so it looks like Vettel has this in the bag.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Nico Rosberg is way back in 14th. It's been a dismal race weekend for him, to be honest."

    LAP 52

    Fernando Alonso sets the fastest lap of the race in fourth. He's lapping 1.4 seconds quicker than race leader Sebastian Vettel. Lotus tell Romain Grosjean that Kimi Raikkonen is coming up very quickly behind him. "Do not hold him up."

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "What were are going to see now is 'maximum attack' from Raikkonen."

    LAP 51

    Lewis Hamilton passes Paul Di Resta into Turn One and then sails past Pastor Maldonado at the final chicane to move into seventh. Good stuff from the 2008 world champion. Meanwhile, up front, Sebastian Vettel leads Romain Grosjean by 1.5 seconds with Kimi Raikkonen just a couple of seconds further back and absolutely flying!

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "I don't understand Lotus. If they were doing that strategy they needed to do that earlier with Kimi. Let's see how it unfolds, but it's very strange..."

    LAP 50

    Well, well, well. Kimi Raikkonen is in the pits! He's chosen the soft tyres so will be mighty quick in the closing stages. Can the Lotus perform a miraculous climb through the field to take his second victory of the season? Fernando Alonso pits for the soft tyres, too.

    LAP 48

    Lotus ask Kimi Raikkonen: "Can you go to the end Kimi?". He replies: "I told you." Why use 10 words when you can use three, eh?

    LAP 47

    Kimi Raikkonen's race engineer tells his charge: "You must only talk after Turn 12. We can't hear you anywhere else." For a man who doesn't like to talk, that must be music to his ears.

    Raikkonen leads by 4.1 seconds from Fernando Alonso, with Sebastian Vettel a further 10 seconds down the road.

    LAP 46

    Red Bull's Mark Webber has climbed up into 13th as he continues to try and rescue his afternoon. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, pits for the final time and rejoins 10th.

    LAP 45

    Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race and then passes Lewis Hamilton for fourth. Next up the road is Jenson Button, who has only stopped once.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "I am sure Lotus pulled Grosjean in to the pits just in the hope they could pull Sebastian Vettel in as well. Grosjean will be thinking if he can stay ahead it also stops Vettel running away with the championship, he will be thinking about the long term as well."

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "Lotus know their car is quick round here and they've decided to roll the dice. They could still finish first and second in this grand prix."

    LAP 43

    Romain Grosjean sets the fastest lap of the race, lapping half a second quicker than his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. But Raikkonen is staying out there. So it looks like Lotus have indeed split their strategies. Sure Raikkonen will have worn tyres at the end of the race, but he's got a comfortable lead of 15 seconds with 16 laps remaining and will have team-mate Grosjean putting Vettel under pressure.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "If there is a racer who can drive his tyres right to the end then I think it's Kimi."

    LAP 42

    Sebastian Vettel pits to cover Romain Grosjean. It's another brilliant stop by Red Bull, at least when Vettel's car is involved, and he rejoins ahead of Grosjean. But Kimi Raikkonen has stayed out! And he is on it. Game on, people. Game on.

    LAP 41

    Romain Grosjean pits! Surely Sebastian Vettel will respond! Will Kimi Raikkonen stay out? The Finn is absolutely flying at the moment.


    Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel team radio: "Grosjean has lost his DRS so come on."

    LAP 40

    Will the Lotuses manage to get to the end of the race without pitting? It's unlikely that Sebastian Vettel will be able to do the same. So does that mean Lotus will just back off a bit and manage their tyres? Or will Lotus split their strategy and pit one car and let the other stay out? That would give them a great chance to beat Vettel with one of their cars.

    LAP 39

    Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean are lapping in the high 1m35s - the only two drivers to do so. The top three, which includes Kimi Raikkonen, are split by two seconds.

    LAP 38

    Mark Webber's progress has been halted as he struggles to pass the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez. Lewis Hamilton will know all about that having spent what must have felt like an age behind the other Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg.

    LAP 37

    Nico Hulkenberg pits from sixth which means Lewis Hamilton finally gets some clear air. The Brit is four seconds behind former team-mate Jenson Button and 11 seconds adrift of leader Sebastian Vettel.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "I think Vettel's Red Bull is struggling for grip and consistency in comparison to the Lotuses. Vettel is not going for the quickest laps, he's just looking to put his car in the right areas."

    LAP 35

    Lotus have really come to the fore in this race, after a lacklustre few grands prix. Romain Grosjean is inching ever closer to the back of Sebastian Vettel, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen right there with him. The Frenchman will no doubt be wary of making a hash of this based on past experience.

    LAP 34

    Romain Grosjean sets the fastest lap of the race to close to within one second of Sebastian Vettel. That means he's in the DRS window and could launch an attack on the race leader anytime now. How will Vettel react to this pressure?

    LAP 33

    Lewis Hamilton is boxed in behind the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg and simply can't find a way past the German in the battle for sixth.


    Vettel leads Grosjean by 1.0sec. Hamilton down to 7th after losing out to Red Bulls at the start and has since struggled with the tyres. Cameraman hit by Webber's flying wheel as it comes off following a pitstop - has chest pains and concussion. Bianchi's Marussia suffers spectacular engine fire then empty car rolls down hill back across the circuit, bringing out the safety car. Lotus very competitive, with Grosjean favourite to win as Vettel should need to pit. Massa, Vergne out. 1 Vettel 2 Grosjean 3 Raikkonen 4 Alonso 5 Button 6 Hulkenberg 7 Hamilton 8 Maldonado 9 Perez 10 Sutil


    Sahara Force India: Paul Di Resta looks to have much better traction out of Turn One compared to Daniel Ricciardo. Time to close in and make that advantage count!

    Ricciardo and Di Resta are battling over 11th.

    LAP 32

    Super close at the front as Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen are lapping within a tenth of each other. Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg are having a great race so far, running fifth and sixth respectively. They will both have to pit at least one more time as they have yet to use the soft tyre.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "Grosjean was sleeping at the restart, and he allowed Vettel to get away. The restart is the perfect opportunity to overtake, but he just didn't take advantage of it."

    LAP 31

    Mark Webber passes Max Chilton and Charles Pic in one swift move to move up to 17th. He then passes Giedo van der Garde and Valtteri Bottas for 15th. It would be quite something if he could get some points this afternoon.

    LAP 30

    Sebastian Vettel puts the hammer down and pulls away at the restart, with Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen getting caught out a bit. We're as you were down into Turn One, with everyone keeping their nose clean.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "When the safety car is out it is hard for the drivers. You lose your rhythm you lose tyre quality but they are saving fuel, which means they will have more power at the end of the race."

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    Felipe Massa hasn't had the best of times in recent races and things got worse here in Germany when he retired after just three laps.

    LAP 29

    Mark Webber has caught up to the back of the pack which means the safety car will be coming in at the end of this lap and we can get this race back under way. Thirty laps to go after this one.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "All of this slow running is now nothing to do with the safety car we are now waiting for Mark Webber to un lap himself and come in to the back of the pack."

    LAP 28

    So Sebastian Vettel leads from Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg, Lewis Hamilton, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil. The safety car is still out.

    LAP 27

    The safety car is still out on track. Jean-Eric Vergne isn't, though. The Toro Rosso driver is out of the race, his car parked up in the garage.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "This has closed the gaps up, so now this is a new race. Everyone's aligned with each other."

    LAP 26

    Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean both take the opportunity to pit, as does Kimi Raikkonen, Paul Di Resta, Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber. This will allow Webber to get back onto the same lap.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I think that was quite a late call on the safety car and the racing car will have been moved to a safe area by now so this should be a short period of the safety car. Of course racing cars don't have a handbrake so that was not Jules Bianchi being lazy."

    LAP 25

    What is going on? Jules Bianchi's Marussia is rolling backwards across the track. The crane, that is on its way to remove the car, stops and can only watch as it drifts across the track. Bianchi watches on, too. We are so lucky that no other cars were close by. Vettel rounds the penultimate corner and eases off the gas as the Marussia bounces onto the grass and off the track. Unsurprisingly, the safety car is out.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Whenever you see that white smoke it is a sign that there is fuel mixing with water, so the flames usually follow."

    LAP 24

    Fire! Jules Bianchi's Marussia let's out a huge plume of smoke as the engine expires. He peels off the track and a small fire breaks out at the rear. Sensibly, the Frenchman jumps out of the car quickly and heads for safety behind the barriers.

    LAP 23

    Lewis Hamilton releases Fernando Alonso as he dives for the pits. That's 15 laps on those medium tyres, which is a decent effort compared to his rivals. He rejoins eighth, just ahead of Force India's Adrian Sutil.

    LAP 22

    This is a nightmare for Fernando Alonso who is losing two seconds a lap to leader Sebastian Vettel. Supreme driving from both, as Alonso launches another attack which lasts four or five corners. Both drivers give each other space, but Hamilton keeps the position. "I'm pushing, man, I'm pushing," says Hamilton.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "It's really only a matter of time for Alonso, but I have to say Hamilton's defensive driving is incredible. He is fighting for everything he can get."

    LAP 21

    There's a fantastic battle going on between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Alonso tries a move around the outside at the chicane but Hamilton covers the line. He has another stab around the outside at Turn One, but again Hamilton is wise to it. Alonso is losing so much time behind Hamilton at the moment, but the Mercedes driver is doing a great job of defending.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Track temperature is 44 degrees so it is a lot warmer than at Silverstone and the tyres are different, after the changes. The same race could be run on a different day and the tyres would behave differently so it is different to know exactly how they will behave."

    LAP 20

    Romain Grosjean takes another second out of Sebastian Vettel to close to 2.3 seconds. This is about to get very interesting. I wonder how Vettel will cope with an attack from Grosjean.

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Grosjean could win here this afternoon. He has a faster car and a better strategy than Vettel [who is currently in the lead]."

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "We knew on Friday they were struggling to get the balance right on Lewis's car. They got it together for qualifying but it seems the race pace isn't where it needs to be for Mercedes."

    LAP 19

    Kimi Raikkonen passes Lewis Hamilton around the outside at the final chicane for fourth place. Fernando Alonso closes up to the back of the Mercedes in his Ferrari. This afternoon is going from bad to worse for the 2008 world champion. Hamilton tells his team: "These guys are on different tyres to me, man." The track temperature is 44C so much hotter than its been all weekend. Clearly, the Mercedes isn't coping so well.

    LAP 17

    "I have no grip man," says Lewis Hamilton. This is bad news for the Mercedes driver who is struggling to hold off Kimi Raikkonen who is absolutely flying.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "What we were expecting to see is those on the medium tyres would be taking up the lead places but that is not what has happened as the guys on soft tyres have been able to really get ahead. It shows that what they learn on a Friday is only a guide."

    LAP 16

    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has reduced the deficit to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to 3.4 seconds, 44 laps remaining. Lewis Hamilton is currently 11 seconds off the lead, with Kimi Raikkonen tracking his every move. The Finn is just 0.4 seconds adrift.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "Grosjean has just done the fastest lap of the race, so he has got the speed to challenge Vettel."

    LAP 15

    Romain Grosjean has put himself in the frame to win this race. Remarkable effort from the Frenchman. The Lotus driver pits and rejoins second, just 4.3 seconds behind race leader Sebastian Vettel. Jenson Button, who has yet to pit, is currently third.

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "I have spoken to the doctor who says [the cameraman] has some chest pain and concussion. He has been taken away to the medical centre. It was one of the cameramen who works for Formula 1."

    LAP 14

    Lewis Hamilton finally gets past Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for sixth and immediately pulls away. Kimi Raikkonen gets in on the act, pulling off a supreme move around the outside of the German at the final chicane. Very impressive.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Rosberg is costing Hamilton, plus Lewis is having to drive with one eye on his wing mirrors. Kimi is right up his gear box."


    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg's team radio: "You are on a different strategy to Lewis so please don't hold him up."

    LAP 13

    Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the race. Such a shame for the Australian who looked like he had the pace for victory. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, pits for a new set of medium tyres. That's massively early. The Spaniard was expected to stay out for around double that time.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Grosjean looks very, very strong. He's still on the soft tyres."

    LAP 12

    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports that the FOM cameraman who was hit by the tyre has been taken to the medical centre. Fingers crossed he's OK.

    Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean leads by 9.6 seconds from Fernando Alonso with Sebastian Vettel third, having overtaken Jenson Button's McLaren into Turn One.

    LAP 11

    Romain Grosjean leads the German Grand Prix, as his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen pits for a set of new boots. The Finn rejoins just behind Lewis Hamilton, who himself is stuck behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    LAP 10

    Red Bull push Mark Webber back to the pit box, restart his engine and fix on the tyres properly this time before sending him on his way. The Australian's race is over, though as he's a lap down.


    Red Bull's Mark Webber team radio: "Switch of the engine please switch off the engine."


    Mark Webber pits for a new set of tyres and could well rejoin ahead of Sebastian Vettel who is in traffic. But there's a problem! They can't get the right rear tyre on properly. Eventually he gets away, but the wheel comes off and bounces across the pit lane. It hits a cameraman. Several team members head over to see if he's OK.


    It's a beautiful stop from Red Bull who service Sebastian Vettel in the blink of an eye. The German rejoins in seventh, comfortably ahead of Lewis Hamilton on track.


    Romain Grosjean of Lotus: "I am quicker than [team-mate] Kimi [Raikkonen]!"

    The two are fighting over third and fourth.


    Lewis Hamilton pits from third, ditching his soft tyres for the mediums. He rejoins in 10th, just ahead of the Williams of Pastor Maldonado.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "The Red Bulls are looking comfortable and are able to control the gap. And that gap is growing."


    The stewards will investigate the incident between Di Resta and Vergne after the race. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo pits from sixth, which allows Fernando Alonso to make up a place in his Ferrari.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Lewis did not have the confidence to go into the corner then hit the breaks, so he lost out to both Vettel and Webber. He would have been better dropping in behind Vettel but he tried to fight it and lost out."


    Force India's Paul Di Resta pits for a fresh set of boots and he narrowly misses hitting the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne as he exits his pit box. That looked like an unsafe release to me.


    Mark Webber is flying. He's very much keeping his Red Bull team-mate honest at the moment. The gap is now just 1.1. seconds which means he'll be in the DRS window soon, giving him the chance to overtake Vettel.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "Lewis did not have the confidence to go into the corner then hit the breaks, so he lost out to both Vettel and Webber. He would have been better dropping in behind Vettel but he tried to fight it and lost out."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "You could just hear a slight judder from Lewis Hamilton as he pulled away at the start. The wheels were not doing a full turn which could have been what affected him as the Red Bulls got ahead of him."


    Felipe Massa is off at Turn One! The Brazilian spins and stalls, which means he's out of the race. That's the first time in 14 races in Germany that the Brazilian has failed to finish. His race engineer Rob Smedley shakes his head on the pit wall.

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "Nico Rosberg has dropped back quite considerably and is not looking that fast."

    You can hear live commentary, with James Allen, Allan McNish, Jennie Gow and Gary Anderson, of the German Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now. Just click to the right-hand side of this page. Mobile users go back to the BBC F1 homepage.


    Sergio Perez squeezes down the inside of McLaren team-mate Jenson Button at Turn One to take ninth place, while Nico Rosberg isn't having such a great opening part of the race. He's actually lost a place and is down to 12th.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "For those who start on the 'medium' tyre, which is expected to be the vast majority of drivers from the Ferraris backwards, the question will be when to use the 'soft'. Do you get it out of the way in the middle of the race? Or wait until the end for a handful of super-fast laps? Strategy-wise, it is expected to be a two-stop race for nearly everyone, with the pit window for those starting on the softs opening as early as lap five. Those starting on the mediums will want to run until at least lap 22 before their first stop."


    So Sebastian Vettel leads by 0.7 seconds from Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton manages to hold Kimi Raikkonen at bay to retain third, with Romain Grosjean fifth. It's another good start from Felipe Massa who is up to sixth, ahead of Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Great starts for both of the Red Bulls. These guys at the front have got to take everything they can out of these soft tyres."

  127. 1302: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Lewis Hamilton bogs down at the start which allows Sebastian Vettel to get alongside the Mercedes driver straight away. Red Bull's Mark Webber has a look around the outside, too, as Hamilton gets squeezed out down the middle. Vettel leads into Turn One from Webber, with Hamilton down to third.


    Red Bull's Mark Webber team radio: "If you get wheel slip, hold the throttle."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "It is going to be absolutely fascinating to see how this race unfolds. At the front, Lewis Hamilton will be desperate to stop Sebastian Vettel passing him on the first lap, and Vettel correspondingly keen to do so. Then, how long will the soft tyres on Hamilton's Mercedes, the Red Bulls and the Lotus cars last? Where can Alonso get to at the start, at which Daniel Ricciardo in sixth would be expected to try to cover himself to the inside, which might leave a gap down the outside for the Ferrari to blast into, with Felipe Massa presumably under orders to make it easy for his team-mate. And behind him, Nico Rosberg will presumably be on the same strategy as Alonso and reacting to the Ferrari drivers calls, and keen to get past Jenson Button's McLaren and Nico Hulkenberg's Sauber as quickly as possible. It should be a cracker.'"

  130. 1300: 

    Lewis Hamilton leads the field away from pole position for the formation lap. Will the Mercedes driver manage to hold off the Red Bulls? Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has pulled up a pew in the garage in anticipation of the start.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "You can add Lotus to a list of potential winners that also includes Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean are in a strong position in fourth and fifth on the grid. More gentle on their tyres than either Red Bull or Mercedes, both men should be able to run long stints on the optimum 'medium' tyre choice with ease. They could very well be in contention."

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "Strategy is set to rule the day and where the option tyre runners drop in to following their first stop is crucial."

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "Those on the medium tyres [such as Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in eighth] should try to go around the outside of the first corner."

    You can hear live commentary, with James Allen, Allan McNish, Jennie Gow and Gary Anderson, of the German Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  134. 1255: 

    This is your five-minute warning ahead of the start of the German Grand Prix, round nine of the Formula 1 World Championship.


    Former Toyota F1 driver Allan McNish on 5 live sports extra: "Those on the medium tyres [such as Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in eighth] should try to go around the outside of the first corner."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "Nico Rosberg might be starting 11th, but don't rule him out as a potential winner. Mercedes messed up in qualifying, thinking Rosberg had done enough to progress beyond the second session with his first lap, not expecting so many people to improve so much at the end. But it could be a blessing in disguise. Starting on the mediums, as he is expected to do, he could be in good shape. If the top six on the grid come out into traffic after their early first pit stops, Rosberg - like the Ferrari drivers - could emerge as a potential winner."

  137. 1253: 

    Away from the German Grand Prix, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra are currently playing out an interview with Sir Frank Williams to coincide with the team's 600th grand prix. Williams reveals for the first time to my knowledge that not re-signing Damon Hill to the team in 1997, after he won the title in 1996, was "a serious error of judgement". A remarkable insight. You can listen to the full interview here.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "Ferrari have taken an intriguing strategy gamble for this grand prix. Aware they were likely to qualify no better than sixth or seventh, they decided to set their times on the harder, more durable 'medium' tyre, so they could start on it. The thinking was simple: Start on the 'soft' and they would be running in a queue locked into the same strategy as everyone else. But the soft, although initially faster, is not expected to go further than about 10 laps or so into this race - and the drivers running it will be losing time to those on the mediums far sooner than that. A first-corner shunt aside, Ferrari will almost certainly be leading when the front-runners pit to change tyres. And if they have not lost too much time by then, it could be a significant lead. It was a strategy Alonso described as 'strange' when Sebastian Vettel tried it in China. Vettel took fourth there, despite being held up behind Sauber's fast-starting Nico Hulkenberg in the crucial laps after the leaders' first stops. But even so he only just missed passing Lewis Hamilton for third on the last lap. Will it work better for Ferrari? Alonso said after qualifying: 'We will see if it's a good decision or not.'"

  139. 1250: 

    All coverage for the German GP this weekend is live here on the BBC Sport website through live text and audio commentary, and also on 5 live sports extra. Race coverage is on 5 live sports extra now. TV race highlights are on BBC One & BBC HD at 1700 BST.

    Former Toyota F1 driver Allan McNish

    "I actually don't think this is Vettel's bogey track. But the press do keep asking him the question, and that can take away some or your focus. He spends his time answering those questions instead of focusing on the task at hand. He needs to try to achieve a win here to get the failure at Silverstone off his back."

    You can hear live commentary, with James Allen, Allan McNish, Jennie Gow and Gary Anderson, of the German Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  141. 1246: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has never won on home soil, finishing eighth, second, third, fourth and fifth since 2008. Will he change all that today?

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "Mark Webber took his maiden victory on this track four years ago and at the last race here two years ago lost out narrowly in a three-way fight with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. The Australian, leaving F1 for sportscars at the end of the season, is heading into his last grand prix on one of his favourite circuits and is clearly confident of fighting for victory after an incredibly impressive race-simulation run on the medium tyre in Friday practice. 'On long runs we're very happy with the car,' Webber said. 'We're in a good position to put pressure on for the victory.' Webber expects a tough battle in the race, with relatively little concern for tyre management. 'I think the race will be aggressive,' he said.'"


    Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn: "It would be good if the two Brits could win today, and coupled with the Lions' success this weekend could be fantastic."

  144. 1242: 

    Bit of a bizarre shot of Red Bull's Mark Webber who is sat in the Williams pit garage, on one of the chairs that the mechanics sit on while they wait for the pit stops. He's all by himself, studying the screens. "It's pretty hot out there," said BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson. "The Williams garage is just somewhere to get out of the heat."


    Alex Withington: We've been waiting for this for a while, Mercedes v Red Bull. Should be a classic, with tyre deg and ROS coming from the back.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "Sebastian Vettel has never won the German Grand Prix and while he has come close at its other home - Hockenheim - the Nurburgring has been an even unhappier hunting ground. At both his races here he has been out-qualified and beaten by team-mate Mark Webber. Vettel finally got the better of Webber on Saturday, by just 0.107 seconds, but can he hold him off in the race, and beat Lewis Hamilton, too. Vettel has a vast array of strengths, but like all drivers he has weaknesses, too, and one of them is that he can be prone to making mistakes at times of heightened emotions. Can he hold it all together and take a landmark 30th career victory at the track where it almost certainly means as much to him as any other?"

    Former Toyota F1 driver Allan McNish

    "Nurburgring is one of the most historic grand prix venues in the world, and its produced some really good races in the past. It will be so important to make the right strategy calls today, and it will be a tight one right the way to the finish line."

    You can hear live commentary, with James Allen, Allan McNish, Jennie Gow and Gary Anderson, of the German Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  148. 1236: 

    The grid is starting to fill up with very important people, drivers, mechanics and, of course, the cars.

    Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, a man who has been in the spotlight for the last seven days following six tyre failures at Silverstone, is having a chat with Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. They're all smiles, with Lauda patting Hembery on the back.

    Pirelli have brought an emergency fix to their tyres for this weekend, ahead of a major change for Hungary, and so far the changes have appeared to do the trick.

  149. 1233: 

    1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Sebastian Vettel 3) Mark Webber 4) Kimi Raikkonen 5) Romain Grosjean 6) Daniel Ricciardo 7) Felipe Massa 8) Fernando Alonso 9) Jenson Button 10) Nico Hulkenberg

    11) Nico Rosberg 12) Paul Di Resta 13) Sergio Perez 14) Esteban Gutierrez 15) Adrian Sutil 16) Jean-Eric Vergne

    17) Valtteri Bottas 18) Pastor Maldonado 19) Jules Bianchi 20) Giedo van der Garde 21) Max Chilton 22) Charles Pic*

    *Charles Pic was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

  150. 1230: 

    The German Grand Prix alternates between the Nurburgring and Hockenheim, with Lewis Hamilton the last man to triumph at this venue. Here are the last five winners of the event.

    2012 - Fernando Alonso - Hockenheim

    2011 - Lewis Hamilton - Nurburgring

    2010 - Fernando Alonso - Hockenheim

    2009 - Mark Webber - Nurburgring

    2008 - Lewis Hamilton - Hockenheim

  151. 1226: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Venue: The Nurburgring Laps: 60 Circuit length: 5.148km Race distance: 308.623km Number of corners: 15 (6 left and 9 right) Average lap speed: 205kph Full throttle per lap: 63% Lap record: 1:29.468s (Michael Schumacher, 2004).


    Sauber F1 Team: Drivers to the cars. pit lane opens in 8 minutes. Bring it on!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "All the front-running drivers have their own reasons for desperately wanting to win this race. Lewis Hamilton feels he missed out on a home victory at Silverstone last weekend and wants to make amends - plus Hamilton is well aware that team-mate Nico Rosberg has won twice already this season and he is yet to score on. Sebastian Vettel has never won his home race. And Mark Webber will want little more than to stop him doing so, so far have relations deteriorated at Red Bull. Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, still have significant deficits to make up on Vettel in the championship, despite the German's retirement at Silverstone."

  154. 1221: 

    There has been some chat on Twitter that Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes has a fuel pump problem. The team changed the pump under parc ferme rules, as they are permitted to do, because a little fuel was leaking from the chassis. It was known and planned since Saturday and the problem has now been rectified.


    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: Chillin with the legend Niki Lauda, make sure you go see his movie Rush! It's inspirational.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "Lewis Hamilton might be starting from pole position but he is well aware he has a hard fight on his hands this afternoon. He admits that it will be 'very hard' to hold the Red Bulls back but knowing Hamilton you can be sure he will be doing his very best. He is heading into the race with an unknown - after struggling with the car through second and third practice, the team made big changes to the car for qualifying. 'I don't know how it's going to be behave on the long run,' he said. 'I just go into it with my fingers crossed it works well.' It's a warm day, though, with 27C predicted. Will the Mercedes' rear tyres hold up in the heat?"

  157. 1217: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel suffered his first retirement of the season at the British Grand Prix when his gearbox broke, but he retains the championship lead going into today's race.

    The German heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 21 points, with Kimi Raikkonen 13 points further adrift.

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is 43 points behind overall, with Red Bull's Mark Webber two points further adrift.

    Check out the Formula 1 pages for the full standings.

  158. 1213: 

    Do you think Lewis Hamilton can hold off the raging Red Bulls and take his first victory for Mercedes? Or will Sebastian Vettel sneak past and take his first win on home soil - and first in the calendar month of July? Or will Ferrari's strategy gamble pay off? Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag or tweet 81111 (UK only).

  159. 1209: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton will still be in the car when Andy Murray's tilt at a maiden Wimbledon title gets under way, but the Mercedes driver has wished his fellow Brit the best of luck having been impressed by his performance in a semi-final win over Jerzy Janowicz.

    "I was watching it last night and it's just great to see him performing so well," said Hamilton. "I think since he's had his new trainer he's just in his element. It's great to see him playing such great shots. His serves were just incredible.

    "I think it was up at 91% perfect serves or something. I wish him all the best. He's got the country behind him. I wasn't able to do it in the British Grand Prix for the Brits but I'm really confident that he will."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Nurburgring:

    "On a weekend of momentous sporting occasions, the German Grand Prix will not be top of everyone's must-see list, but this is a race rich with promise on a beautifully warm and sunny day in the picturesque Eifel mountains. It's hard to choose between front-row starters Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, but such has been the weekend that a potential winner could come from four different teams. Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber, third on the grid, has looked strong all weekend. Lotus are confident of a good race from fourth (Kimi Raikkonen) and fifth (Romain Grosjean) and the Ferraris, in seventh and eighth, are likely to be in the lead after a handful of laps as a result of a brave strategy gamble. Even Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg, 11th as a result of a team miscalculation in qualifying, has a good chance. As Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says: 'It will be a race you won't know how the cards are going to fall until the last five laps.'"


    McLaren's Jenson Button: Enjoyed qualifying, felt like we got the max out of the car. Sunday should be an exciting challenge! Strategy will play a big part.

  162. 1206: 

    Lewis Hamilton, who looked pretty distraught after a "disaster" of a Friday, conjured up some tweaks with Mercedes mechanics that transformed his Silver Arrow into a bullet that flew around the 5.148km 15-turn Nurburgring on Sunday with the poise and guile of a homing missile destined to hit its target.

    Even when the car attempted to step out, Hamilton wrestled it back into line. The result was pole position by one tenth of a second from Sebastian Vettel, a man who is equally as potent when it comes to a one-lap flier. It was like watching the late great Ayrton Senna at work. Want to re-watch it? Check out the F1 pages.

  163. 1203: 

    Hello everybody and welcome to Super Sunday. Andy Murray, in this sort of form, may be about to make history later on this afternoon, but we've got the small matter of the German Grand Prix at the majestic Nurburgring to look forward to first and based on the tension in qualifying on Saturday, it could be a corker.

  164. 1200: 

    Britain's Chris Froome started the ball rolling with an astonishing attack on stage eight of the Tour de France to snatch the yellow jersey and take the lead of the race.

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has the chance to make it two out of two for Great Britain when he starts on pole position for the German Grand Prix before Andy Murray steps onto the hallowed turf of Centre Court and bids to put an end to a 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion.

    Batten down the hatches, folks. With Hamilton and Murray involved, we all know this is going to be one heck of a bumpy ride. What a day this could be.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham