Lewis makes his final preparations.
Tweet from @OfficialMGP: All is calm in the garage as Jock says good afternoon to Nico over the radio as he jumps in the car
Lotus getting ready to race. Bonus points for correctly identifying which car it is.
The pit lane is open and cars are heading towards the grid.
Comment from Lukeh: FBFB - I'm gonna say it's Heikki!
The Factbyte Factbox would like to admit it doesn't actually know the answer. Bonus points all round.
Tweet from @autosportlive: Michael Schumacher climbs out of the Mercedes and immediately checks underneath. Meantime, most of the drivers are now on the grid.
Interview with Mark Webber: Interesting race coming up. First stint will be interesting on the tyres. Not happy to be on the second row, first time since Bahrain. Looking forward to getting some points back. Will try and make it difficult for Jenson if we get away well."
Interview with Felipe Massa: "Maybe it will be dry, but here you never know. Looking forward to the race, seem to have a good car. Determination is very high."
Interview with Jenson Button: "First lap here is a lot of fun. Did a good run on Friday with high fuel, so we know what it feels like on the option tyre. It's always tough to know the strategies here."
Pitlane has now closed, all cars ready to get going.
Don't forget that Sutil received a five place grid penalty yesterday after qualifying due to a gearbox change.
Christian Horner remarks that Vettel is handling any extra pressure cool, going through his usual routines, listening to his iPod. I wonder what tunes he's playing.
Team radio to Timo Glock: "Last update was no rain."
Vettel will lead the pack away on the formation lap - probably quite slowly. He and Alonso were almost half a second up on the rest of the field in qualifying.
Comment from Alex Andronov: "So anyone want to predict the fist spinner?" So far guesses include Yamamoto, Massa, Kobayashi, Alonso, Webber and De la Rosa.
Tweet from @VirginRacing: " Both hrts on options. Kov on opttions. Tru on primes. We are on primes."
Vettel had a terrible start, Massa jumped into the lead ahead of teammate Alonso.
Buemi has lost his rear wing.
Sutil, Liuzzi, Buemi and Alguersuari enter the pits.
Trulli is going very slowly.
Fastest lap for Massa - 1:20.064.
Buemi and Trulli have both retired.
Interview with Buemi. "...my teammate was 15 metres behind me but finished on top of my car."
Both Force India cars have both pitted twice and are running 21st and 22nd which is, erm, last.
Fastest lap for Alonso - 1:19.153. He's chasing his teammate for P1.
Di Grassi started last after qualifying last and getting a 5 place drop, but is now up to 17th after a good start.
Force India have pitted so many times because they put Sutil's tyres on Liuzzi's car and vice versa.
Comment from Alex Andronov: Nine Laps done, The start was good fun, Yamamoto is slow, But at least he had his own tyres on
More poetry please.
Vettel enters the pits.
Ferrari crew are waiting in the pits.
It is Alonso that comes in.
Webber also pits and returns to the track in 9th place, behind Rosberg.
Alonso emerged in front of Vettel.
Massa and Hamilton enter the pits.
Button now leads the race, but of course, still has to pit.
Massa had a serious wobble and appears to be struggling under braking. Alonso is hunting him down.
Kubica pits from 8th place.
When Kubica returned to the track, a great battle between him and Schumacher, but the Renault remained in front.
Team radio to Button:"Jenson, keep going, clear the traffic."
Hamilton calling for blue flags as he meets traffic. He has just managed to get past Liuzzi.
Approaching a back marker, Alonso closed up to Massa, poked his nose ahead but Massa kept the position.
Team radio from Alonso: "This is ridiculous."
Button is streaking away now, 5 seconds ahead as the mechanics come out.
Button pits and comes out in 5th, ahead of Mark Webber.
Fastest lap for Massa - 1:18.711.
Petrov pits from 8th place.
Rosberg pits from 7th.
Petrov emerged from his pit stop in 13th, but ran Kobayashi wide and took the position.
Yamamoto appears to have retired. I didn't notice. Did anyone notice?
Comment from Pat W: "Look at all the full grandstands! This place was losing attendance the last few runnings."
Four drivers have not yet pitted - Hulkenberg, De la Rosa, Di Grassi and Glock.
Team radio from Rob Smedly to Massa:"Gap is 3 seconds, we need everything Felipe, concentrate. Keep this going, you can win."
Fastest lap for Alonso - 1:18.075.
Tweet from @VirginRacing: Timo is catching Lucas, 8 secs now. KOV close. behind Timo
Tweet from @clubforce: Tonio has overtaken Di Grassi now to move up 1 place. P17 for him. He is behind Alguersuari who is behind Adrian.
The top six drivers are separated by just under 20 seconds, and then... well, then there's Hulkenberg who adds an entire 20 seconds of his own, currently 42.6 behind the race leader.
Six drivers have fallen one lap behind, whilst Bruno Senna is currently two laps down.
De la Rosa just passed Hulkenberg.
Hulkenberg pits. He must have heard me.
Sutil has pitted for the third time after a bit of a wobble out on track.
Let us compare how the German drivers are doing at their home race:
My table only has space for five drivers. Rats. Glock is 19th.
Lewis told to save fuel.
Talking of Glock, the rear light is hanging off the back of his car.
Team radio to Webber: "You need to drop back. 4 second gap to Button ahead. Stay flat on the straight."
Fastest lap for Sutil - 1:17.300.
Sutil? Really? But he is running 17th after three pit stops. How odd.
Team radio to Button: "You're one of the quickest cars on the circuit. Webber has been instructed to back away from you."
Tweet from @VirginRacing: "OK clear air now. HAM 18 secs behind so at least 4 blue flag free laps?"
De la Rosa and both Virgin cars still have yet to pit.
Sutil's reign did not last long. Vettel sets the fastest lap - 1:17.242.
Holly Samos on 5live says: "Webber has a high oil consumption problem."
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: "just one second between felip and Fernando margin remained stable in the last 4 laps"
Not sure who felip is, or why he doesn't get a capital letter. I callinequality in that team.
Fastest lap for Alonso - 1:17.012.
Team radio from Rob to Felipe: "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand that message?"
Wait for the inevitable red car passing red car now.
Alonso has passed Massa. Shocker.
Rob instructs Massa to move out the way of Alonso, albeit indirectly. Apologises to Massa afterwards.
Tweet from @edb_lotusracing: "Whoa, can't believe Ferrari just did that! This'll be interesting later..."
De la Rosa finally pits from 8th place and returns to the track in 14th.
A brief yellow flag for di Grassi who spun and slid across plenty of track sideways. Continues onwards.
Lucas di Grassi retires to the garage.
Just Glock remaining without a pit stop under his belt now.
De la Rosa overtook Hulkenberg after exiting the pits and is now chasing Barrichello - currently 0.5s behind.
Backmarker count - seven drivers have been lapped, Sutil is down 2, whilst three drivers have fallen back 3 laps.
Team radio to Petrov: "Vitaly, you must concentrate on shifting early to seventh gear. We'll have to turn your revs down if you don't do it properly."
On 5live, Anthony Davidson says: "Not a message you want to be hearing, you should know stuff like that."
Kovalainen is moving slowly, and TV shots show a piece of bodywork on track.
Kovalainen and De la Rosa came together, and the bodywork came from the Sauber.
De la Rosa pits for a new front wing, takes on new tyres while he's at it.
Kovalainen has also pitted.
New front wing for Pedro.
Kovalainen is out of the car, retired.
Team radio to Hamilton: "There is no need to save fuel anymore."
Comment from Stuart Taylor: "searching @insideferrari on twitter is hilarious"
Fernando Alonso wins the German Grand Prix! (although Massa is the moral victor)
Massa finished second, Vettel takes the final place on the podium.
Team radio from Rob Smedley: "Very well done, Felipe Massa is back. Very magnanimous. You won't know what that means, I'll explain it to you later."
Tweet from @eddstrawF1: That's the 23rd "win" for Alonso. That puts him =9th in the all-time list alongside Nelson Piquet.
Tweet from @VirginRacing: Now he's slowed down, Timo's car has stopped at turn 13
The German GP winner. A quick hug between him and Felipe and muted celebrations.
Domenicali hugs each of his drivers in turn, then pulls them on the podium for a photo opportunity. Massa makes a hasty exit though.
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