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2012-07-22 15:39

THE MAN TO BEAT IN 2012: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso proves he is the driver to beat in 2012 as he extends his lead following a fantastic win at Hockenheim.

Hockenheim, Germany - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has further extended his 2012 Formula 1 championship lead with another fantastic win from pole at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim.

The weather finally let up after a rain-soaked weekend to allow Alonso to become the first driver to earn three race wins in 2012 after winning in Malaysia and Valencia.

The Ferrari ace led from pole and held on to his lead despite dogged pursuit from rivals Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Jenson Button who finished second and third respectively.

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The Ferrari driver now has 154 points which leaves him well ahead of  Red Bull's Mark Webber (120 points) after finishing eighth.

Button's podium finish was a boost for him and McLaren after they struggled in recent outings but it was soured for the team by Lewis Hamilton suffering a puncture early in his 100th race and having to retire.

Vettel's overtaking move on Button on the penultimate lap is under investigation. Vettel, if the stewards uphold his second place, has 118 points after 10 of the season's 20 races.

Result from the 2012 Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:31:05.862
2 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull +00:03.732
3 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:06.949
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 00:16.409
5 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 00:21.925
6 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 00:27.896
7 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:28.970
8 Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 00:46.941
9 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 00:48.162
10 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:48.889
11 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 00:59.227
12 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 01:11.428
13 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 01:16.829
14 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 01:16.965
15 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1 lap
16 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham 1 lap
17 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 1 lap
18 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1 lap
19 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham 2 laps
20 Charles Pic (France) Marussia 2 laps
21 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 3 laps
22 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 3 laps
23 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 3 laps
Retired: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 11 laps
Fastest Lap - Pastor Maldonado lap 58.

Drivers' and Constructors' standings

1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 154
2 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 120
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 118
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Renault 95
5 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 92
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes GP 76
7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 65
8 Romain Grosjean (France) Renault 61
9 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 47
10 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 31
11 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 29
12 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes GP 29
13 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 27
14 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 23
15 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 19
16 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 18
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 4
18 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 2
19 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Team Lotus 0
20 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Team Lotus 0
21. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 0
22. Charles Pic (France) Marussia 0
23. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 0
24. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 0

1 Red Bull 238
2 Ferrari 177
3 McLaren 157
4 Lotus 156
5 Mercedes 105
6 Sauber 78
7 Williams 47
8 Force India 46
9 Toro Rosso 6
10 Caterham 0
11 Marussia 0
12 HRT 0

Qualifying results
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