The qualifying sessions of the German Grand Prix were a wash out. Torrential rains even caused the Rainmeister Schumacher to crash his car heavily. The race, however, was a dry as can be. Fernando Alonso started from P1 and never lost that spot. Vettel and Button tried their hardest and although Alonso never had more than 5 seconds they simply could not catch him. With two laps to go Vettel passed Button for second place, but he left the track while finishing his move and was later penalised with a 20 second penalty, dropping him from 2nd to 5th. Lewis Hamilton’s 100th Grand Prix was short-lived. He punctured on the second lap and retired about 3/4 into the race.

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany inspects German F1 Grand Prix course on foot at the Hockenheim circuit. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain arrives ahead of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany waits in his garage during first practice session of German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton of Britain waits in his car during first practice session of German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher is pushed back to his garage during the first practice session of German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Crew of McLaren Formula One driver Button of Britain goes through pit stop drill during first practice session of German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany looks on during the first practice session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany is pushed back into his pit during first practice session of German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Massa of Brazil reacts in his garage during second practice session of German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil drives out of his garage during the first practice session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher of Germany leaves pits during a free practice session of German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany carries a broken part to his car after he crashed in the second practice session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Webber from Australia steers his car through the rain during a training for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Massa of Brazil steers his car during the second practice session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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The crew of McLaren Formula One driver Button goes through a pit stop drill during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Lotus Formula One driver Raikkonen of Finland steers his car through the rain during a practice session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Button of Britain looks on during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel from Germany steers his car during a practice session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Mercedes driver Rosberg and Marussia driver Pic steer their cars through the rain during a practice session for the German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Toro Rosso F1 driver Ricciardo leaves his car after crashing in the second practice session for the German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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The crew of Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany goes through a pit stop drill during a practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher of Germany steers his car during the third practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waits in his garage during the third practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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HRT Formula One driver de la Rosa of Spain gives a thumbs-up before third practice session of German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Button of Britain leaves the pits during the third practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton of Britain is reflected in the visor of a pit crew member during the third practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the third practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Massa of Brazil steers his car during the third practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher of Germany reacts after taking fourth place in qualifying session for German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates after taking the pole position during the qualifying session at the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany and Caterham Formula One driver Petrov of Russia steer their cars during the third practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Massa of Brazil steers his car during the qualifying session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain steers his car during qualifying session for German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain leads the pack into the first corner of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain drives through debris of front spoiler of his team mate Massa of Brazil after start to German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Button of Britain drives during the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton of Britain drives with a burst tire during German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany drives during the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain drives ahead of Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany during German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Raikkonen drives during the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain is congratulated by team members after crossing the finish line and winning German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain waves after winning German F1 Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain celebrates after winning the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain shakes hands with second placed Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany after winning the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain celebrates after winning the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany showers champagne at grid girls during the victory ceremony after the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany reacts on the podium following the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS