Hello and welcome to F1Minute - Lewis Hamilton wins the German Grand Prix.
Any forecast rain held off for the race with just a few drops here or there. The cold temperatures, though, made getting heat into the tyres a key factor of performing well. Polesitter Mark Webber got a terrible start off the line and lost the lead to Lewis Hamilton, whilst Fernando Alonso got past Sebastian Vettel for third.
Nick Heidfeld and Paul di Resta came together on the first lap, knocking both to the back of the field. Just a few laps later, Heidfeld and Sébastien Buemi collided, knocking the Renault driver out of the race.
Jenson Button had to retire his car when the team called him in, concerned about failing hydraulics. The other two retirees were Tonio Liuzzi who had mechanical troubles and Rubens Barrichello who also disappeared into the garage and never returned.
The lead changed hands several times, with Hamilton, Alonso and Webber battling on track and in the pits. Eventually, they crossed the line in that order, giving Lewis his second win of the year. Vettel had a tough day but managed to jump Felipe Massa in a last minute pit stop to take fourth place.
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References Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber
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