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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 July 2006, 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK
German Grand Prix as it happened
1 M Schumacher (Ferrari)

2 F Massa (Ferrari)

3 K Raikkonen (McLaren)

4 J Button (Honda)

5 F Alonso (Renault)

6 G Fisichella (Renault)

7 J Trulli (Toyota)

8 C Klien (Red Bull)


Latest updates (all times BST):

"It's another Ferrari one-two - they're used to it and they're going to do it again."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 67: The horns are honking loudly as a triumphant Schumacher eases past the finish line to claim his third straight win in front of a jubilant home crowd. It's his fourth victory at Hockenheim and the 89th of his career.

Lap 62: Alonso gives Renault a scare as he goes wide on turn 12 but the Spaniard manages to stay ahead of team-mate Fisichella and looks set to salvage some points with fifth place, behind Honda's Button.

"Given the troubled season that Honda have had, they will see this race as a turning point."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 59: Webber's dream race has turned into a nightmare as the Australian falls out of contention with smoking engine. Yet again, Williams finish out of the points, despite a fantastic race by Webber. But Raikkonen has the last podium place in his sights, having found a way past Button on the previous lap.

Lap 55: The Ferraris look to have victory sewn up but it's still a battle for the remaining podium place. Raikkonen comes out of the pits after his third stop but is not quick enough to return in front of Button but manages to squeeze ahead of Webber. This could give Button a podium place as the challenge from Webber is held off by Raikkonen.

"Fisichella has got a bit of pace but the Renaults are really struggling and Alonso has really got to do something about getting some more points as Schumi's heading for another 10." BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 43: Alonso is now in eighth, after his second pitstop, and ahead of Renault team-mate Fisichella, who pitted earlier. Alonso needs to finish in the points positions if he is reduce the damage on his world championship lead.

Further down the order, it appears that Super Aguri's Takuma Sato is also out - he joins Villeneuve, Barrichello, Heidfeld, De La Rosa, Yamamoto and Rosberg on the retirement list.

Lap 39: Webber's weekend just gets better and better with the Australian managing to slip past Fisichella at the stadium section into fourth, leaving both Renaults further off the pace of the leading Ferraris.

Lap 37: Ralf Schumacher is investigated by the stewards for speeding in the pit lane. The German Toyota driver comes in to take his drive-in penalty. Meanwhile Alonso puts in the best lap of the race so far, but it's unlikely to help Alonso grab some more points.

"Alonso definitely does not have the pace and Renault are struggling by their standards. Ferrari have such a lead, they can just back off now and run the remaining 33 laps at their ease."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 33: Villeneuve smacks into the tyre wall at the final turn and it's all over for the Canadian and adds to a miserable weekend for BMW Sauber, who have already lost Hick Heidfeld on their home track.

Lap 26: The Ferraris are soaring away at the front and are over 20 seconds ahead of Webber in third. Alonso continues to struggle and is looking unlikely to even limit the damage on his 17-point world championship lead as he languishes in eighth.

"The track temperature is very high here, so tyres are obviously a worry."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 19: More calamity on track as the tail of Barrichello's Honda is on fire as he pulls into the side. It's a disappointing blow for the Brazilian, who was enjoying a tense battle for fifth with Mark Webber.

"I was having a good race and was well-balanced - Mark Webber was one of the honest guys and knew I was faster than him but my engine just gave out."
Honda's Ruben Barrichello

Lap 14: Nick Heidfeld returns to the pits for the second time and has been marked as retired while Sakon Yamamoto was also declared out of the race some time earlier.

"I had a tyre problem at turn two and a problem with my brakes and it was too bad to continue."
BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld

Lap 9: Raikkonen pits from the lead but it's hardly a dream stop as he's in there for 15 seconds. It looks to be a problem with the right rear tyre but could cost him a chance of challenging Schumacher.

Ferrari's Massa is second and Honda driver Jenson Button is enjoying a fantastic start, having moved up to fourth.

However it's not good news for Alonso, who appears to be struggling and is now over 2o seconds behind Schumacher in fifth.

Lap 3: Pedro de la Rosa is also out of the race as he's parked up on the gravel but it's better news for Jarno Trulli, who is now up to 12th from 20th.

"It seems like an electronic problem because the car just died."
McLaren driver Pedro de la Rosa

Lap 2: There's already plenty of drama as Nico Rosberg seems to have in the wall and looks to be out. Jacques Villeneuve, Ralf Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld also seem to be in trouble as they go into the pits early.

"Kimi is doing what he has to do - he needs to make a gap ahead of Schumacher because he's on a three-stop strategy."
Williams test driver Alexander Wurz on BBC Radio Five Live

Lap 1: Alonso makes a superb start, making it past Button and Barrichello into fifth, but Button battles back to edge back in front of the Spaniard and his team-mate Fisichella at the hairpin.

1300: The parade lap is under way for round 12 of the Formula One world championship. The track temperature is 50C and rising.

1251: The teams are making their final preparations and the drivers are putting on their helmets as just 10 minutes remain before the start of the race.

1240: With 20 minutes to go, the weather at Hockenheim is warm and sunny with an air temperature of 32C and humidity of 32%.

1239: Raikkonen has proved to be the surprise package of the weekend so far, grabbing pole on Saturday and taking the spotlight, at least momentarily, off the rivalry between Renault and Ferrari.

However it is not the first time the Finn has shone at the German track - Raikkonen also claimed last year's pole at Hockenheim, although Alonso went on to win the race.

1230: The pit lane opens and the cars begin to leave to form up on the dummy grid.

1230: At the back of the grid, unlucky Italian Jarno Trulli joins the usual suspects after an unscheduled engine change on Saturday.

Despite finishing 13th in qualifying, the Toyota driver starts this afternoon's race in 20th, ahead of Midland's Christijan Albers and Super Aguri's Sakon Yamamoto, who also both suffered engine penalties with Yamamoto actually starting in the pit.

1215: The weather is warm and perfect for racing as the teams gear up for 67 laps at the 2.842-mile Hockenheim circuit.

One major change this weekend has been the ban of mass dampers by the sport's governing body, the FIA, after the last race on the grounds it was aiding the cars' aerodynamic performance.

The "mass damper" system, pioneered by Renault and adopted at least six other teams, is used as a counterweight within the suspension to enhance stability.

The ban could have serious implications for Renault, whose cars have been less competitive than Ferrari in the last two races.

  • McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen ensured Michael Schumacher missed out on pole position for Sunday's race at Hockenheim.

    But the Ferrari driver still has a chance to whittle Fernando Alonso's world championship lead down further as he chases a third straight victory.

    The German trails Alonso by 17 points but hopes to make serious inroads on that as his Renault rival could only muster seventh in qualifying.

    He will start second, while team-mate Felipe Massa is third on the grid ahead of Honda's Jenson Button, who has enjoyed an impressive return to form so far this weekend.

    Button scored his best qualifying result since April as his team were also boasted Rubens Barrichello in sixth.

    Giancarlo Fisichella enjoyed the rare feat of out-qualifying world champion team-mate Alonso by taking fifth, while David Coulthard was 10th for Red Bull.



  • SEE ALSO
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    30 Jul 06 |  Formula One
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    Raikkonen beats Ferraris to pole
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    Mosley intensifies 'green' push
    29 Jul 06 |  Formula One
    German qualifying as it happened
    29 Jul 06 |  Formula One
    Schumacher puts Alonso in shade
    28 Jul 06 |  Formula One
    Hockenheim, Germany
    17 Feb 06 |  Circuit Guide


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