20 July 2014 Last updated at 12:01

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  1. 15:45: 
    nico rosberg

    A wedding, a new contract, a World Cup win for his country, a first F1 pole on home soil, a maiden victory in his home race and a 14-point lead over rival and team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings.

    The honeymoon period continues for Nico Rosberg. I bet he can't wait till Hungary next week. I'm looking forward to it too. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 15:40: 
    Nico Rosberg

    The teams will head to Hungary now for next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. I'll be back at 08:30 BST on Friday 25 July to bring you live coverage of first practice.

  3. 15:36: 

    Lewis Hamilton doesn't looked overjoyed by his result, despite the impressive nature of his drive. I remember interviewing him in 2006 after a similar fight back through the field in a GP2 race in Hungary and he was similarly not fussed by his performance. All he wanted was to win that day and he didn't. He is still the same today.

  4. 15:32: 
    german gp

    The fans invaded the track after the race, keen to get a view of the podium to see Nico Rosberg get his trophy earlier this afternoon.

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    German GP podium

    Mercedes: Ladies and Gentlemen, your all @MercedesBenz powered #GermanGP podium. Our seventh double podium of the year!

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    Dazzler The best driver in F1 is Alonso, but Hamilton showed his class today and ranks among the greatest. Shame about Massa

    Fletcher Hodges: ‏Anyone want some bits of Hamiltons car? Hold on he's coming down to the corner now....... Here you go, who's next?

    David West: Magic drive Lewis. One of the best I've EVER seen in F1

  7. 15:27: 
    daniil kvyat

    Following fire which engulfed Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham on Friday, the fire extinguishers were required again as Daniil Kvyat had to eject himself from the car pretty quickly when it burst into flames.

  8. 15:22: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's race report. We'll have video highlights on the website later today. Suzi Perry and the team will hit your screens at 19:00 BST on BBC Two with the race highlights show.

  9. 15:19: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg is the first German to triumph at Hockenheim since seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher won in 2006.

  10. 15:16: 
    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    Between them, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have scored 17 podiums out of a possible 20. Hamilton has more wins - five to four - but Rosberg has more podiums - nine to eight.

  11. 15:12: 
    Felipe Massa

    Felipe Massa has been eliminated by someone else's first lap crash for the third time this year - and second race in a row. When will the Brazilian's miserable run of luck end?

  12. 15:10: 

    Fernando Alonso's fourth place also means Ferrari's points streak has now lasted FOUR YEARS and is up to 77 races in a row. It began way back at the 2010 German Grand Prix, when Alonso led Massa home a Ferrari one-two.

  13. 15:08: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg, who finished fifth and seventh respectively, continue their run of being the only two drivers to have scored points in every single race this season.

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    Force India: 10 races, 10 points finishes - Nico and Checo's total goes to 98 points for P5 in the Constructors' Championship #FeelTheForce

  15. 15:05: 

    The rain has arrived at Hockenheim, just the half and hour too late to impact on the race.

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    Tattz: Rosberg is a decent driver in an excellent car. Hamilton on another level. Podium from crashing out in Q1 = one of the greats.

    Liam O'Catháin: Good comeback from Hamilton. Just shows how slow the other cars are. Alonso gradually getting better. Nico's championship to lose now

    Ano: ‏Exciting race all round. Well done Lewis. Drop zone to 3rd. Am not surprised...

  17. 15:02: 
    Juan Pablo Montoya

    Valtteri Bottas is the first Williams driver to take three successive podium finishes since Juan Pablo Montoya at the 2003 German, Hungarian and Italian Grands Prix.

    That's also Williams' 300th podium as the team move up to third in the constructors' championship.

  18. 15:00: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Before today's race, Nico Rosberg had never finished on the podium in any race held in Germany. The Mercedes driver led every lap to surpass father Keke Rosberg's career laps led total of 516.

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    McLaren: Pit to Kevin: "The positive thing is that qualifying pace was excellent, we have to go to Hungary and turn that into a result.

    "Jenson to Pit: "Thanks for all of your hard work guys - shame it didn't come to much, but good job."

  20. 14:55: 

    "I had great fun," said Lewis Hamilton, who finished third. "I did as good as I could. It was hard to get through the pack safely and I had a little bit of a collision with Jenson. I thought he was going to open the door which he has done a couple of times lately but that was my bad judgement. It was hard to overtake so I'm glad to get some points today."

  21. 14:52: 

    "I feel really happy to be third time in a row on podium," said Williams' Valtteri Bottas, who finished second. "It was not easy and required input from all the engineers. Thanks to all the fans. I saw many Finnish flags so thank you."

  22. 14:50: 
    Nico Rosberg

    "It's fantastic," said race winner Nico Rosberg. "It's an amazing feeling to win at home. It's a very special day."

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    Waѕiyullah Budye: What a race! What a finish. Bottas defended his 2nd place brilliantly. Hamilton you are an absolute legend. From 20th to 3rd place

    Steve: ‏Today's winner was Lewis Hamilton

    Alex Manyonde: The best driver in F1 is Lewis Hamilton. Anyone disagree?

    James Weir: ‏All the whooping and cheering on the @WilliamsRacing team radio. What a fantastic result for them!

  24. 14:49: 
    Valtteri Bottas

    Valtteri Bottas takes a big swig of his champagne before spraying it over Nico Rosberg. The Finn has now been on the podium for the last three races. He's fifth in the drivers' standings, six points behind fourth-placed Fernando Alonso.

  25. 14:47: 
    Podium

    The drivers head up to the podium with Nico Rosberg wearing a great big smile. That's his fifth win of the season and Mercedes' ninth triumph.

  26.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Despite the disappointment of that wing damage, Lewis Hamilton can't be disappointed at pushing up to third from the back of the grid."

  27. 14:45: 
    Hamilton trails Rosberg by 14 points

    The damage to Lewis Hamilton front wing, when he clumsily clipped Jenson Button's McLaren at the hairpin, ultimately ruined his hopes of getting second. Still, he limited the damage and trails team-mate Nico Rosberg by 14 points in the drivers' standings.

  28. 14:43: 
    GERMAN GP RACE RESULT

    1) Rosberg 2) Bottas 3) Hamilton 4) Vettel 5) Alonso 6) Ricciardo 7) Hulkenberg 8) Button 9) Magnussen 10) Perez

    11) Raikkonen 12) Maldonado 13) Vergne 14) Gutierrez 15) Bianchi 16) Kobayashi 17) Chilton 18) Ericsson

    DNF: Sutil, Kvyat, Grosjean, Massa

  29. 14:41: 
    TEAM RADIO

    Valtteri Bottas team engineer: "Amazing, fantastic. Beat a Mercedes fair and square. Great drive, P2"

  30. 14:39: 

    "Wahoo! Thank you guys," says Nico Rosberg as he waves to the crowd on his slow down lap. What a week for the German. He got married, watched his country win the World Cup, signed a new deal and won his home race."

  31.  
    CHEQUERED FLAG
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg wins the German Grand Prix.

  32.  
    LAP 67

    Nico Rosberg starts the final lap of the race in the lead while it looks all over for Lewis Hamilton's hopes of grabbing second.

  33.  
    LAP 66

    Nico Rosberg from Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez. Two laps to go.

    Hamilton is running out of time to pass Bottas.

  34.  
    LAP 65
    Valtteri Bottas

    Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are catching some traffic, but the slower cars are doing a job of getting out of the way. Bottas is doing a brilliant job.

  35.  
    LAP 64

    Nico Rosberg is cruising at the front, the German has a 20.1 second lead over Valtteri Bottas.

  36.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Maybe Hamilton has burned out on those tyres."

  37.  
    LAP 63

    Lewis Hamilton seems unable to pass Valtteri Bottas at the moment, the Mercedes driver has a heavily grained left-front tyre. Four laps remaining.

  38.  
    LAP 62

    Fernando Alonso passes Daniel Ricciardo at the hairpin. Ricciardo tucks back in and tries another move, but he can't make it stick. Still, very good performance from the Australian. He's a proper racer.

  39.  
    LAP 61

    Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap to under a second in his pursuit of Valtteri Bottas in the battle for second. Meanwhile, Ricciardo is still fending off Alonso.

  40.  
    LAP 60

    Sensational battle between Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo. Alonso gets through at the hairpin but Ricciardo tucks back in and retakes the position in the stadium section.

  41.  
    LAP 59

    "Let's not race him hard, we need to get this tyre to the end," says Valtteri Bottas' race engineer to his charge. The team need the points and are trying to nurse those tyres to the end.

  42.  
    LAP 58

    Lewis Hamilton is catching Valtteri Bottas at the rate of two seconds a lap. Incredible pace from this Mercedes. The gap is down to just 5.4 seconds. There are nine laps to go.

    Lewis Hamilton
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    Craig Kennedy: ‏no safety car to help rosberg maintain large lead?

    Ashley Wilkinson: Safety car and red flag for a broken guardrail at Silverstone. Three marshalls told to run across the track for a stopped car. What?

  44.  
    LAP 57

    Excellent move from Daniel Ricciardo on Jenson Button in the stadium section, giving the Briton the dummy on the outside and then ducks over to the inside. Not a lot Button could do about that. Smart move. Good racing.

  45.  
    LAP 56
    Fernando Alonso

    Lewis Hamilton passes Fernando Alonso, who is lifting and coasting - so he is low on fuel. The Ferrari driver then pits for a new set of tyres and comes out in sixth, behind Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull.

  46.  
    LAP 55

    Lewis Hamilton takes 3.7 seconds out of Fernando Alonso on the next lap and nearly three seconds out of race leader Nico Rosberg. He won't catch Rosberg, who is 23.7 seconds up the road, but he could catch Valtteri Bottas.

  47.  
    LAP 54

    Lewis Hamilton is catching Fernando Alonso at the rate of THREE seconds per lap. Yes three seconds. Incredible pace at this stage of the race.

  48.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Can Hamilton catch Alonso? The answer is yes."

  49.  
    LAP 53

    Valtteri Bottas says he thinks he can get to the end of the race, but he can't push. The sensible thing would be to stay out and defend second rather than drop back and have to try and fight back for it.

  50.  
    LAP 52

    Adrian Sutil's car is in a difficult position for the marshals to get to, but a group do head out, managing to engage neutral and then push it away to safety. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is fourth, 9.4 seconds behind third-placed Fernando Alonso.

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    Fahd Muller: @lewishamilton is flying, now that's a true CHAMPION!!

    John Wilson: Hamilton really driving the socks out of that car

    Steven Hall: ‏Kvyat with his car on fire. No matter how safe this sport is, things like this sadly happen. Glad he is alright.

  52.  
    LAP 51

    Lewis Hamilton pits for a new set of super-softs. It looks like the team have reacted to Sutil's spin to cover the possibility of the safety car.

  53.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This is interesting. The safety car would set things up for the end of the Grand Prix."

  54.  
    LAP 50

    Sauber's Adrian Sutil spins at the final corner and then stalls. Not the ideal way to end him home grand prix.

  55.  
    LAP 49

    Lewis Hamilton passes Fernando Alonso at the hairpin for third and the moments later, Sebastian Vettel does the same on Jenson Button for fifth.

  56.  
    LAP 48

    Lewis Hamilton is catching Fernando Alonso at the rate of 1.5 seconds a lap, but even if he passes the Spaniard and Valtteri Bottas in front, Hamilton is likely to have to stop again - which will drop him behind Bottas and Alonso.

  57.  
    LAP 47

    Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso has gone up in flames, the Russian coming to a stop in the run-off at the hairpin and quickly getting out. Kvyat thumps the barriers in frustration.

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel pits from fourth and swaps the super-softs for the softs. He rejoins sixth, one place behind Jenson Button.

  58.  
    LAP 46

    So Nico Rosberg leads by 12.6 seconds from Valtteri Bottas with Fernando Alonso 0.8 seconds behind. Sebastian Vettel is a further 0.8 seconds behind.

  59.   
    Allan McNish, 5 live analyst

    "Hamilton is 10 seconds behind Bottas. He will get on the podium, but which step of the podium?"

  60.  
    LAP 45

    It's unlikely that Lewis Hamilton will be able to get to the end of the race on these super-soft tyres, which means he'll have to stop for a third time. That'll make getting second difficult, but he will have fresher tyres for the final few laps.

  61.  
    LAP 44
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton pits, has a front wing adjustment and swaps to the super-soft tyres. He rejoins fifth.

  62.  
    LAP 43

    Sebastian Vettel's engineer Rocky tells him that he needs to save some fuel. "Tell me what you want me to do," says Vettel. "Do you want me to pass or do you want me to save fuel like a duck?" His engineer replies: "Respect the beeps in Turn 13. You need to save a little bit of fuel."

  63.  
    LAP 42

    Nico Rosberg pits and it's another great stop from his Mercedes team, serving the car before sending him on his way with another set of soft tyres.

  64.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton: "This front left isn't going to last." His engineer replies: "OK Lewis, we'll look at the options."

  65.  
    LAP 41

    Valtteri Bottas pits from second and rejoins third, seven seconds behind Lewis Hamilton.

  66.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton's team engineer: "We will try and add as much balance as we can with the wing you have got. You will lose time if we change the wing."

  67.  
    LAP 40

    Nico Rosberg leads by 15.9 seconds from Valtteri Bottas, with Lewis Hamilton 13 seconds further back.

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    Rachel T: This is motor racing, not fairy cake making. LOVING the charge from @LewisHamilton!

    Christine Higgins: I think today's #GermanGP is 'what parts of my car can I lose without dropping time' sort of race.

  69.  
    LAP 39

    Sebastian Vettel is hustling Fernando Alonso in the fight for fourth. This is shaping up into another tasty battle between the world champions, following their ding-dong at Silverstone last time out.

  70.  
    LAP 38

    Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel cruises past Nico Hulkenberg, who is doing a very good job driving around on some very old tyres.

  71.  
    Felipe Massa

    Felipe Massa after his first-lap retirement: "I am okay. The accident was a little bit more scary watching than being inside. I just saw everything the other way around, but I am fine.

    "I am so disappointed at what happened. It's another race and another car that has pushed me out and finished my race. With a car that that is very competitive and fast that's so disappointing.

    "I was in front and doing the corner in front. If someone needs to watch, it's the car behind."

  72.  
    LAP 37
    Nico Rosberg

    Fernando Alonso sets the fastest lap of the race, the Spaniard currently four seconds behind Nico Hulkenberg in fifth.

    Nico Rosberg leads the race from Valtteri Bottas by 14.9 seconds. Still 30 laps to go.

  73.   
    Allan McNish, 5 live analyst

    "Rosberg, Bottas and Hamilton are using the least fuel at the moment."

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    Rowan Burrows:‏ I don't think I've seen someone apologise at 180mph before

    David: That's what makes Hamilton and Button such good racers. They don't moan, but get on with it.

    Disco Stu: How many cars has Lewis hit today? Wouldn't give him a regular licence

  75.  
    LAP 36

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo pits and rejoins in eighth place, behind McLaren's Jenson Button.

  76.  
    LAP 35

    Fernando Alonso passes Sebastian Vettel at the hairpin, Vettel makes a mistake at Turn Two on rejoining after making his pit stop. That allows Alonso to use DRS to pass the four-time world champion. Vettel, though, is on the super-softs while Alonso has chosen the softs, having pitted a lap before.

  77.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton has lost a flap. If you believe all the pieces are there to do something that will affect his performance. He needs to be thinking about the long game. This is already a compromise race and he needs to get some solid points."

  78.  
    LAP 34

    Nico Rosberg leads by 14.1 seconds from Valtteri Bottas with Sebastian Vettel 11 seconds further back.

  79.  
    LAP 33

    Lewis Hamilton passes Nico Hulkenberg easily for fifth at the hairpin. Meanwhile, Jenson Button pits and takes on the soft tyres.

  80.  
    LAP 32

    Lewis Hamilton asks his team what they're going to do about the broken front wing. His engineer replies that they are looking into strategy options. The Briton shouldn't worry too much, he's currently the fastest of anyone at the moment.

  81.  
    LAP 31

    Lewis Hamilton makes smoother work of passing Jenson Button next time around, the Mercedes driver getting the move done before they even reach the hairpin. Hamilton puts his hand up in apology to his former team-mate, who he gets on well with.

  82.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton: "I've damaged my front wing - I thought he was letting me through."

  83.  
    LAP 30
    Jenson Button

    Lewis Hamilton makes contact with Jenson Button at the hairpin, the Mercedes driver breaks a piece of his front wing after making a very late move on his former team-mate.

  84.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton's team engineer: "We need to go to menu magic for pit stop." Hamilton: "I have never heard of that switch."

  85.  
    LAP 29

    Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne gets a five-second stop-and-go penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

    Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton passes Daniel Ricciardo on the exit of the hairpin to take seventh. It looks like the Mercedes driver is doing a two-stop strategy with the super-soft tyre still to use for the final stint.

  86.  
    LAP 28

    Romain Grosjean pulls of the circuit at the hairpin and retires, the Lotus driver reporting a problem with the power.

  87.  
    LAP 27

    Lewis Hamilton pits and takes on another set of soft tyres. Good stop for the Mercedes team. The Mercedes driver rejoins in eighth behind the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

  88.  
    LAP 26

    Raikkonen continues his charge, the Finn passing Jean-Eric Vergne for 10th. Romain Grosjean dives in the pits which means everyone has pitted apart from Lewis Hamilton.

  89.  
    LAP 25

    Kimi Raikkonen passes Sergio Perez for 11th. The Finn is flying on those super-soft tyres.

  90.  
    LAP 24

    Nico Rosberg leads by 11 seconds from Valtteri Bottas with Lewis Hamilton a further 2.4 seconds adrift. Still 43 laps to go.

  91.  
    LAP 23

    "Lift and coast Checo, lift and coast," says Sergio Perez's engineer. The Mexican replies: "What about rain?" His engineer replies: "We can't rely on that so please lift and coast. That's the last time I'm going to ask you."

  92.  
    LAP 22

    Sergio Perez passes Romain Grosjean for 11th place. Kimi Raikkonen then closes up onto the back of the Lotus.

  93.  
    LAP 21

    Sergio Perez tries a move around the outside of Romain Grosjean for 12th, but he can't make it stick as the Lotus driver positions his car well on the exit.

    Meanwhile, a battered Kimi Raikkonen pits and rejoins behind this pair.

  94.  
    LAP 20

    After a flurry of stops, Nico Rosberg leads Valtteri Bottas by 9.2 seconds with Lewis Hamilton third and Sebastian Vettel fourth.

  95.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas: "Small drops of rain on the [helmet] visor." His engineer replies: "There's nothing on the radar yet."

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    Speed_Geek: Real wheel to wheel racing is back!

    Ally Hewet: My god @LewisHamilton you're causing me to have a heart attack with some of these overtakes! It's like whacky races!

    F1 Kat: ‏Anymore contact and #KimiRaikkonen won't have much car left

  97.  
    LAP 19

    Valtteri Bottas passes Lewis Hamilton for second at the hairpin. Hamilton's engineer tells his charge not to worry, they are still on target for second based on their strategy.

  98.  
    RECAP
    Felipe Massa (left) collides with Kevin Magnussen

    Here's another shot of the first corner accident at the start, which put Felipe Massa out on the first lap for the second successive race.

  99.  
    LAP 18

    Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton by 7.5 seconds. The German has made one stop and is on the prime tyres. Hamilton has yet to stop.

  100.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton to team engineer: "Do I need to save fuel?" Team engineer: "Negative. We are good on fuel."

  101.  
    LAP 17

    Lewis Hamilton moves into second as Valtteri Bottas pits. Sebastian Vettel is fourth, with Fernando Alonso fifth and Kimi Raikkonen sixth. Pastor Maldonado is also up to eighth in the Lotus.

  102.  
    LAP 16

    Nico Rosberg pits from the lead. It's a good job from Mercedes and rejoins second.

  103.  

    Mercedes: There were three in the bed and the other one said move over!! @LewisHamilton passes the @redbullracing and @InsideFerrari in one move!

  104.  
    LAP 15

    Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg pit, promoting Lewis Hamilton to third. Great battle between Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel, when he rejoins.

    They go three-abreast into the hairpin. Raikkonen gets stuck between a Vettel and Alonso sandwich, losing more parts of his front wing. Vettel wins the place, to take fourth, with Alonso fifth and Raikkonen sixth.

  105.  
    RECAP
    felipe massa

    Wow. Here's Felipe Massa's first-corner flip. The Brazilian has just headed to the medical centre for a check-up. How many big accidents is the Williams driver going to have this season?

  106.  
    LAP 14

    Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez with ease before they even get to the hairpin. He's now fifth. The decision to start on the harder tyre has proved to be the right one. Great pace from the Briton.

  107.  
    LAP 13

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso pits from fourth and drops behind the battle between Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton slides down the inside of Raikkonen, locks his brakes as he tries to slow the car down.

    He makes contact with the Ferrari, breaking a piece off the Ferrari front wing endplate. The Briton also passes Ricciardo, who has got hung out to dry on the outside. He's now seventh. Unbelievable stuff.

  108.  
    LAP 12

    Nico Rosberg leads Valtteri Bottas by 8.1 seconds with Sebastian Vettel a further 2.4 seconds behind.

  109.  
    LAP 11

    Lewis Hamilton makes a move on Daniel Ricciardo at the hairpin but gets backed up by Kimi Raikkonen which allows Ricciardo to get back past. The Australian then catches Raikkonen sleeping to steal eighth place at the next corner. Raikkonen wakes up enough to defend from Hamilton through the stadium section.

  110.  
    LAP 10

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo passes Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne for ninth, and Lewis Hamilton follows him through at the hairpin. Kvyat has pitted after making contact with Perez.

  111.  
    LAP NINE

    Daniil Kvyat tries a pass around the outside of Sergio Perez at the stadium section, but he doesn't give the Mexican enough space. The two make contact and Kvyat spins off. "What was he doing?" asks Perez, who continues.

  112.  
    LAP EIGHT

    The stewards report that there will be no further action taken on the incident between Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen at Turn One. Magnussen is 20th, while Massa is out.

  113.  
    LAP SEVEN

    Daniel Ricciardo passes Adrian Sutil into the hairpin, and Lewis Hamilton follows him through. Sutil is surprised to see Hamilton there and almost turns into him, before reacting. Ricciardo up to 11th, Hamilton 12th.

  114.  

    BBC F1 reporter Tom Clarkson: "As if this race isn't exciting enough, the teams will need to start looking skywards. I have just felt a drop of rain. It's definitely coming."

  115.  
    LAP SIX

    Nico Rosberg sets the fastest lap of the race to open up a 3.2 second lead over Williams' Valtteri Bottas. Nico Hulkenberg is running an impressive fifth with Jenson Button sixth.

  116.  

    Williams: Big crash for Felipe but he is out the car and heading back to the garage

  117.  
    LAP FIVE

    Nico Rosberg leads from Valtteri Bottas with Sebastian Vettel third and Fernando Alonso fourth.

    The stewards also report that they are investigating the incident at Turn One, when Kevin Magnussen hit Felipe Massa, putting the Brazilian out of the race.

  118.  
    LAP FOUR

    Lewis Hamilton passes Romain Grosjean into Turn One for 13th place. Next up the road is Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who himself is trying to recover after a disappointing start.

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    Aimal Khan: Did Massa ran over a black cat under a ladder or something?

    Jay: ‏Gotta feel for Massa. The unluckiest since Barrichello?

    Peter: Sorry but is definitely @MassaFelipe19's fault. He drove across @KevinMagnussen

  120.  
    LAP THREE

    Lewis Hamilton passes Max Chilton, Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutierrez to make it up to 14th.

  121.  
    LAP TWO

    Lewis Hamilton is in 17th, with Max Chilton's Marussia next up the road. The safety car is coming in at the end of this lap.

  122.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I am prepared to see that as two guys doing their own thing. But if Kevin is on the shallow line he needs to be prepared to see people coming on the racing line. Jenson Button has probably been the biggest winner from that."

  123.  
    LAP ONE

    So Felipe Massa is out of the race, but the good news is the Brazilian is OK. He climbs out of the car and heads over to the barriers. Kevin Magnussen continues, but reports damage on the front right tyre. Daniel Ricciardo took avoiding action and has dropped well down the field at the result. He's now 14th. The safety car is out.

  124.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Felipe Massa's race engineer: "Felipe are you OK? Are you OK?"

  125. 13:03: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Nico Rosberg makes a good start from pole with Valtteri Bottas tucking into second. Kevin Magnussen flies away from fourth, pulling alongside Felipe Massa as they approach Turn One. Magnussen clips the rear of Massa's Williams, flipping the Brazilian over. He slides along upside down before flipping back over. What has Massa got to do to catch a break?

  126.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he's "looking at the sky - some forecasts say rain in one hour. If that happens, we need to be ready".

  127. 13:02: 

    A giant banner for Sebastian Vettel floats over part of the crowd in the stadium section as the cars filter back round to the grid.

  128. 13:00: 
    FORMATION LAP

    Nico Rosberg leads the field away for the formation lap. Not long to go until the start, folks. If you're listening to BBC Radio 5 live, you'll hear Metallica's Fuel, chosen by Sauber's Adrian Sutil.

  129.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Grosjean, Raikkonen and Hamilton are all starting on the soft tyre. The harder of the two compounds."

  130.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    FIA confirms Mercedes changed the brake materials on Hamilton's car under article 34 of the sporting regs. Rosberg's rears also changed Mercedes not prepared to use type of brakes used by Hamilton on Saturday while not sure what caused failure

  131. 12:58: 

    It's been a great week for Nico Rosberg - he got married, watched his country win the World Cup and then announced a new contract with Mercedes. Can he continue that run with a first victory on home soil?

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    Peter:‏ It could easily end in tears by the first or second corner. But don't hold your breath. I hope it doesn't.

    Ed Yarnold: ‏I think that Hamilton is going to regret not starting from the pit lane when he gets caught up in the backmarker carnage.

    Andrew Smith: The Mercedes car is as fast as it is it does seem to very fragile when pushed to the limit on hotter conditions.

  133.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "The lower temperatures for race day mean the teams are unsure about strategy. If it remains dry, it will be a two- or three-stop race. Most will go for two. Lewis Hamilton has lots of sets of new tyres after crashing out of qualifying early on.

    "The first stops for the front-runners starting on super-softs could be as early as lap 10 or so. The time loss for a pit stop is about 18 seconds. A one-stop strategy is unlikely but the cooler temperatures today may tempt someone to try it, especially if they opt to start on the more durable soft tyre."

  134. 12:54: 
    CLASSIC GERMAN GRANDS PRIX- 1994
    Jos Verstappen

    The 1994 German Grand Prix was notable for the high number of cars - 11 - that didn't make it past the first lap. But there was no such problem for Ferrari's Gerhard Berger. The Austrian, who always excelled at Hockenheim, during the days of its high-speed layout, led away from pole.

    Once the pressure from Michael Schumacher's Benetton evaporated after the German suffered engine problems, Berger cruised to victory, securing Ferrari's only win of the 1994 season.

    It was a bad day for Benetton, whose other driver Jos Verstappen had to leap from his car during a pit stop when it was engulfed in a ball of flames.

    Fuel had accidentally sprayed onto the hot bodywork of the car and then ignited. Verstappen, who had his visor up, escaped with burns around his eyes. No other crew member was injured. Watch highlights here.

  135.  
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    Phoebe Rountree: Ricciardo "not fussed" if it rains as is could "spice it up" - what a hero. Who doesn't love this guy?

    Benjamin Hughes: ‏This is what is wrong with F1 this season, it's just who will win out of Rosberg and Hamilton and bar a problem Rosberg will.

  136.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    Red Bull's @danielricciardo says he's "not fussed" if it's wet or dry. "If it rains in the middle of the race it could spice it up".

  137.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:
    Sebastian Vettel

    "Sebastian Vettel's reputation has been taking a bit of battering this season thanks to new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and the Australian out-qualified Vettel again at the German's home race, and by a substantial 0.301secs, too. That's the seventh time in 10 races this season Ricciardo has been faster than the man whose speciality had previously been said to be qualifying.

    "So it's perhaps unsurprising that Vettel was not exactly chatty afterwards, especially as he'd appeared to have the edge on his team-mate through the weekend. 'I was fairly happy and the last run we just didn't seem to be able to go with the track,' Vettel said. 'I didn't get a smooth lap and didn't improve.'"

  138. 12:51: 

    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson says rain is to the south of the track but will move closer within the hour. Skies are overcast. Oh the tension.

  139. 12:50: 
    FAST FACT
    Jenson Button wins the 2012  Brazilian Grand Prix

    McLaren have now gone 28 races without a win respectively. Their last was Jenson Button's win the 2013 season finale in Brazil.

  140.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "The subject of Nico Rosberg's nationality has generated quite a lot of coverage in the run-up to this race. Lewis Hamilton joked to British newspaper reporters that this was 'not really his home race', and saying Rosberg was 'German, Finnish, Monegasque or whatever', a reference to his Finnish father, Keke Rosberg, the 1982 world champion. In the official post-qualifying news conference, Finnish journalist Heikki Kulta said to Rosberg that he would 'love to say this is the first all-Finnish front row', with Williams's Valtteri Bottas alongside him. 'Do you agree?' 'Yes,' Rosberg replied with a smile. 'I agree.'

    "A couple of hours later, in the Mercedes news conference, Kulta asked another. 'I saw you said you feel 100% German,' Kulta said. 'What do you think your Finnish fans feel?' Rosberg again responded with humour and good grace. 'Heikki, you're going for it today, huh? For you, I am half Finnish. But just for you. And for the fans in Finland. And it's one and a half Finns in the front row, which is also a record because the maximum before was one, so it's a historic day. I hope the Finns can be really proud.'"

  141. 12:48: 

    Pole-sitter Nico Rosberg sings along as the German national anthem rings out around Hockenheim. There's just over 10 minutes until the start of the formation lap.

  142. 12:46: 

    McLaren chief Ron Dennis is on the grid, but he's not over by one of his cars. Oh no. He's down at Toro Rosso, his eyes firmly fixed on the car and how the team are working. The man never stops learning.

  143. 12:44: 
    FAST FACT

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg's run of 17 consecutive results in the points ended at Silverstone, with the German retiring for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix in April 2013.

  144.  
    Caterham pay respects to those who lost lives on flight Mh17

    Caterham: We will pay tribute to all affected by the MH17 tragedy by running #PrayForMH17 stickers on the cars today and a number of our team will be wearing black armbands in tribute to everyone affected by the horrific MH17 tragedy.

  145.  
    World Cup winner Lukas Podolski at Hockenheim

    Germany World Cup winner Lukas Podolski: Hello from Hockenheim! Big fun to see a #formula1 race live again!! Hope to see a German champion today!

  146.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:
    Fernando Alonso

    "In contrast to Sebastian Vettel's situation, this season has done nothing but enhance Fernando Alonso's reputation. Faced with the worst car Ferrari have given him, and a team going backwards rather than forwards, still feeling the pain of those two titles that really should have been his but for no fault of his own in 2010 and 2012, the Spaniard continues to deliver at the very highest level race after race after race. Alonso is now eight-two to Raikkonen in qualifying and 10-0 in races. He starts the German Grand Prix seventh, and despite having little apparent prospect of finishing much higher, his motivation appears undimmed.

    "'I think in front of us Williams and Mercedes showed to be too quick,' Alonso said. 'They are one second in front of us. so that is difficult to fight with them. But Red Bull, Force India, McLaren, I think they are beatable so we can fight with them. From behind we will have some threats. Button starting 11th with all new sets of tyres will be very quick in the race. Hamilton; no doubts that sooner or later he will arrive to us and probably he will pass us. So not an easy race but we need to manage in the best way possible."

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    Sarah Lovell: ‏Rosberg, Bottas, Magnussen

    Patrick O'Connell: 1 Bottas 2 Rosberg 3 Massa

    Yusef: ROS, HAM, ALO

    Brandon Deakin: ‏Rosberg, Bottas, Alonso

  148. 12:39: 
    CLASSIC GERMAN GRANDS PRIX- 1982
    Piquet

    Brazilian Nelson Piquet was on course for victory in the 1982 German Grand Prix when he collided with Chilean Eliseo Salazar when lapping him at the Ostkurve chicane.

    Piquet leapt out of his car, stormed over to Salazar and pushed him before throwing a punch and (rather comically) kicking out a leg. It was not the Brazilian's finest moment.

    The race continued, with Frenchman Patrick Tambay winning his maiden race in a Ferrari.

    Watch highlights of the race here.

  149.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "One of the starring performances of qualifying was from Kevin Magnussen, who put the McLaren fourth, with team-mate Jenson Button 11th. The Dane was 0.405secs quicker than Button in second qualifying and his performance drew a compliment from Williams head of performance Rob Smedley. 'The midfield is very tight,' Smedley said. 'If you look at what Kevin Magnussen did today it was very impressive - I was probably watching him more than I was watching our two cars in Q3!'

    "Magnussen was low-key and matter of fact as always. 'The car felt very good,' he said. 'I really was able to push and drive it like a go-kart. The new bits on the car have worked and we got the most out of it.' Button said he had 'struggled most of the weekend to find a balance, quite a lot of it to do with braking. I think we could have been a bit higher but we are 11th on the grid with new tyres so I can still have some fun.'"

  150. 12:36: 

    Sebastian Vettel would be pretty good at throwing a Frisbee I reckon, the four-time world champion earlier jogged along the grandstands and sailed some Red Bull caps majestically over the catch-fencing for the fans. Nice touch from the Red Bull driver.

  151.  
    Romain Grosjean

    Lotus' Romain Grosjean: Last car on the driver's parade. Good view then....

  152. 12:34: 
    Jackie Stewart 1973 BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner

    Lewis Hamilton's win in the British Grand Prix was the 27th of his Formula 1 career, equalling the feat of Sir Jackie Stewart. Nigel Mansell is the most successful Briton with 31 victories.

    The last of Stewart's wins came at the 1973 German Grand Prix, the same year he won BBC Sport's Personality of the Year which is a great excuse to use this image. What a tie, Jackie. What a tie.

  153. 12:32: 
    Nico Rosberg stat

    Championship leader Nico Rosberg: "I am looking forward to it. Starting from pole is the best place to start. The car is going well so the chances are good."

  154. 12:30: 

    The pit lane has opened its doors. Out flood the cars, pausing at the end of the pit lane to do a practice start before heading out on track towards the grid.

  155.  

    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Rain currently to the West, missing circuit. Official FIA nowcast suggests dry at least next 30 mins. Uncertain after.

  156.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "Rheinland has been baking for three days, with temperatures soaring into the mid-30Cs and Hockenheim feeling like an oven. Race day has brought a change, though. There has been rain this morning and although it has dried up and the skies have turned blue, further rain is possible. It's still very warm - 26C or so - but it means that even if the race is dry, all the information the teams have gathered on tyre wear so far is out of the window. This is a race into the unknown."

  157. 12:29: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    That impressive drive, although rain-assisted, from Rubens Barrichello proves that that a fight back at Hockenheim is possible. That bodes well for Lewis Hamilton, who starts 20th.

  158. 12:28: 
    CLASSIC GERMAN GRANDS PRIX- 2000
    Rubens Barrichello wins the 2000 German Grand Prix

    Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello arrived at the 2000 German Grand Prix without a win in 122 races. The chances of ending that run looked bleak when he qualified 18th.

    But on race day, the Brazilian pulled out arguably the best drive of his career to take victory.

    The Brazilian's success came down to his quick progress through the field in the early stages and a big decision to stay out on dry tyres, while leader Mika Hakkinen pitted, when it started to rain towards the end of the race.

    When he stepped onto the top step, the bursting into tears on the podium as he celebrated a stunning drive. Watch highlights here.

  159. 12:25: 
    STAT ATTACK
    Hockenheim track graphic

    Venue: Hockenheim Circuit length: 4.574km Laps: 67 Race distance: 306.458km Lap record: 1min 13.780secs (Kimi Raikkonen, 2004) Number of corners: 17 (6 left/11 right)

    Tyre compounds to be used: soft/super-soft 2012 winning strategy: 2 stops (laps 16, 42) 2012 total race pit stops: 60 2012 total 'normal' overtakes: 15 2012 DRS-aided overtakes: 34

    2012 stats used as 2013 race was held at the Nurburgring

  160. 12:23:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live will be on air at 12:45 BST, with the lights going out at 13:00. The pit lane opens at 12:30, allowing the drivers to drive round to take their place on the grid. We'll have race highlights on BBC Two at 19:00.

  161.  
    Best driver tweets after qualifying

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas: Good qualifying, front row P2. Maximum attack (in the race) to take all opportunities there is!

    McLaren's Kevin Magnussen: ‏Thanks for all your messages guys. Second row is nice. Hope (the race) will be exciting to watch. I will certainly do my best!

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso: Maximum in the qualy as always! And in the race more and more and more! It will be fun!

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo: ‏P5 on the grid. Pretty pleased with my lap, doing what we can. See what (the race) brings. I'll be bringing some fire.

  162.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "The German Grand Prix organisers had a bright idea to try to stimulate slow ticket sales ahead of this race. They offered fans 10 euros off a ticket for every goal Germany scored in their World Cup semi-final against Brazil. One can only imagine how the person who came up with that idea was feeling as those seven goals flooded in that night in Belo Horizonte. Yet the prospect of 70 euros off a ticket has not led to a flood of sales.

    "Only 50,000 are expected to attend the race, and that will get nowhere near filling the vast bowl of concrete grandstands around Hockenheim's 'stadium'. This has led to some consternation and concern within F1, but it drew a joke from Sebastian Vettel, Germany's world champion. 'I saw the grandstands weren't as full as in previous years,' he said. 'I don't know why. In theory it couldn't be better. You have a German manufacturer right at the top, you have German drivers able to win races. I think the British fans would be pretty happy with that. and the sun is shining. Maybe it is too much of a good thing.'"

  163. 12:20: 
    Fans

    There have been pockets of fans at Hockenheim this weekend, but the numbers are lower compared to crowds at other 2014 races such as Silverstone and at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

    "It's not satisfying," said Mercedes co-boss Toto Wolff. "If you compare Hockenheim Friday to Friday at Silverstone (British Grand Prix) and Friday in Austria, it's a different world and we have to understand why that is. If the weekend continues like it does now, we need to think about it."

    One reason for the lower attendance is that ticket prices are pretty high. The most expensive weekend pass costs £407 with the cheapest still set at £130.

  164. 12:18: 
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  165. 12:15: 

    "I'm a bit stiff today but I'll be good," says Lewis Hamilton has he strolled towards the vintage car earmarked for him for the drivers parade. "I'm going to have fun today, that's all I can do."

  166. 12:13: 
    THE GRID

    1) Rosberg 2) Bottas 3) Massa 4) Magnussen 5) Ricciardo 6) Vettel 7) Alonso 8) Kvyat

    9) Hulkenberg 10) Perez 11) Button 12) Raikkonen 13) Vergne 14) Grosjean 15) Sutil 16) Gutierrez*

    17) Bianchi 18) Maldonado 19) Kobayashi 20) Hamilton* 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

    *Lewis Hamilton handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change while Esteban Gutierrez drops three-places as a punishment for colliding with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone.

  167. 12:10: 

    So as Andrew mentioned, Lewis Hamilton will start the race 20th, alongside Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi. The Briton has a long afternoon ahead of him. The grid for today's race is coming up shortly.

  168.  
    Lewis Hamilton meets the fans

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton:‏ Tough day yesterday but nothing will stop me getting in the car today!

  169.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "Mercedes chose to change Lewis Hamilton's brake material because it was impossible in the short time between qualifying and race to be sure exactly what had caused the failure. They have been allowed to change the brake type, despite F1's parc ferme regulations and Hamilton will start from 20th. "I've been better, but I'll be fine," he said, while accepting that his chances of beating team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg were now effectively zero, barring the German hitting some kind of problem.

    "'I'd have to be smoking something to think I could really get to first,' Hamilton said. 'With the pace we have, Nico's on pole, he's got no-one in front of him. For sure by the third or fourth lap he will be several seconds up the road. And as I'm starting last that means I will be a good 30 or 40 seconds behind. So I'm not really thinking about that. I've got to now do damage limitation again which I seem to be doing quite often. But even if I can get one point hopefully that can make a difference at the end of the year."

  170. 12:06: 

    Hello all and welcome to our live coverage of the German Grand Prix, round 10 of the Formula 1 World Championship.

    Nico Rosberg leads the championship on 165 points, four clear of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo their closes challenger 67 points adrift.

  171. 12:03: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Afterwards, Lewis Hamilton said: "I'm in a little bit of a pain but that's what happens when you have a crash like that".

    There was no lasting physical damage, but the Briton will be mentally bruised after a fifth successive nightmare qualifying session. How will he react today?

  172. 12:00: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Sat in the brace position, looking out at Hockenheim's stadium section, Lewis Hamilton stayed quiet.

    The Briton had just experienced a heavy crash, where he pulled 30G, and was in the gravel, the rear of his car buried in the barriers. His hopes of pole position lay in tatters.

    P1 was destined to go the way of his team-mate and main rival Nico Rosberg.

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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

Results

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

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