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German Grand Prix as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1504: This seems like a good time to say goodbye. The messages are coming in thick and fast and the vast majority of you are with Massa. Keep posting them on 606, while there will be plenty of reaction on the BBC website throughout the afternoon - including a blog from our F1 editor Andrew Benson. The F1 forum continues on the Red Button and on our live stream - you will not want to miss it. Thanks for all of your messages today, so sorry I couldn't use them all. You'll be relieved to hear that I'm not around for Hungary next week but I'll be back for Belgium. Have a great August, take care.

Anon via text: "Massa looked gutted at the press conference. Eddie is right Ferrari should be disqualified."

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Pauline, France via text: "Team orders, then only team championship. There is a conflict of interest. Massa deserved to win if Alonso could not pass him."

Kyle from Dundee via text: "Massa robbed, poor poor guy. I have lost all respect for Ferrari."

1456: Massa is in the top-three press conference now. He is asked about the controversial incident and says with a knowing smile: "I don't need to say anything about that." He is then asked if he made a mistake coming out of the corner or whether he was told to let Alonso through. Massa simply replies: "He passed me."

Paris-Amsterdam Yank on 606: "Re: Coulthard's and Jordan's comments. Maybe Coulthard is right and the rule should be scrapped, but right now it is the rule. And Jordan is right that Ferrari clearly gave a team order. So if F1 can't enforce the rule in these circumstances because Ferrari didn't say the magic words 'let him past', then maybe the rule should be scrapped. It's pointless to have a rule if you can't enforce it, and it would be unfair if some teams get away with it and others got punished just because of a clumsier way of wording the order."

rowainemaire on Twitter: "If I were Alonso I'd be ashamed to win like that. Maybe it's time teams were only allowed to run one car, makes it easier."

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Dan Mullins in Norfolk via text: "Will Ferrari get a penalty for the blatant driver swap? This sort of behaviour has got to be stopped, us fans want to see deserving winners. This was Massa's win not Alonso's."

Anon via text: "Absolutely disgusting. Ferrari should be disqualified. Eddie is right. It is robbery from us, the fans. Poor Massa."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "I have to say that is the clearest team order I've ever seen. It will be interesting to see what the stewards make of it because for me it was as clear as 2002, which is why the rule was brought in. It's wrong for the sport. The drivers should have been allowed to race. Massa did the better job. He was in the lead and the regulations are pretty clear - team orders are not allowed."

1447: There is no doubt that Massa is simmering. When he received the runners-up trophy on the trophy there was not a flicker of smile. Fuming.

BBC F1 analyst David Coulthard: "For me this whole rule about team orders is ridiculous. You shouldn't stop teams being able to control their race result. Like video evidence at the World Cup, it is time to change that rule."

BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan: "It was unlawful and was theft. They stole from us the chance of having a wheel-to-wheel contest between the drivers. Ferrari should be ashamed. This was a team order. For me, it is cheating and these two cars should be excluded."

1439: It is worth repeating the message from Rob Smedley to Massa on the radio after the race. "Good lad. Felipe Massa is back, back in business. It was a great result and you were very, very, very magnanimous. You will have no idea what that means."

1437: There's a strange atmosphere on the podium as the drivers step out. Alonso is not even smiling that much... until the Italian anthem starts to blare out. Don't worry, I'm going to put some of your messages up soon. I think there'll be quite a few.

1435: There are no wild celebrations from Alonso as he steps out of the car. Not surprising really. There is a very brief hug between Alonso and Massa. I'm not an expert in body language but I reckon Massa is pretty hacked off.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Ferrari needed this. Formula 1 needed it - because it brings Ferrari right back into play. But there will be some fall-out."

1433: Well, well. This is going to be very interesting now. Alonso seems quite subdued as he asks about Massa. Vettel was third, Hamilton fourth and Button fifth.


BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard: "Are we seeing the re-emergence of Ferrari as a force in the world championship?"

Lap 66: Button goes wide at Turn One but he can continue. Massa is 2.3 seconds clear of Vettel and it looks as if we are going to stay as we are. Alonso is cruising.

Lap 64: Alonso sets a 1:16.103 and it looks as if Massa is going to keep Vettel at bay.

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Massa did deserve to win the race, and it really does bruise you as a driver to be told to get out of the way for the number one driver. He's driving around pretty hurt right now. Will he have the motivation to keep Vettel behind him? Would you?"

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "That really knocked Felipe Massa's spirit, didn't it? Since he let Alonso past, he doesn't look like the same driver."

Lap 63: Hamilton is told that he does not need to save fuel anymore. Alonso sets a 1:16.471. Kovalainen retires. I don't know what's going on, I've just spilt water all over my desk. Don't worry though, I'm carrying on like the trooper I am.

Lap 61: Vettel posts the fastest lap of the day - a 1:16.525. Can he catch Massa?

Lap 60: Alonso leads Massa by 3.8 seconds while Vettel has closed the gap to just one second.

Lap 58: Vettel is closing the gap on Massa - it's now 1.4 seconds. Could you imagine if he loses second place? Meanwhile there is a brilliant message from the Renault team to Vitaly Petrov. "You must concentrate on shifting early to seventh gear," he is told. "You must do this properly. If you don't we will have to turn your revs down." And you will also go to bed early without any dinner.

Lap 55: Alonso leads by 1:16.625 - he is streaking away now. What would you have done, by the way, if you were part of the Ferrari management and you had your drivers in those positions? This is going to run and run. Hamilton is third, Button fifth and Webber sixth.

Lap 53: Right - after all that, time for a positions update. Alonso leads Massa by 2.8 seconds. I hope the Ferrari management are prepared for the flak they will get after the race. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravtiz says after that move, there was absolute silence on the Ferrari pit wall. No-one was speaking. Vettel, meanwhile, is 2.6 seconds off Massa.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "I'm thinking two things. One is, Massa is 31 points behind Alonso but there are 225 still available including this race and there are 25 points for a win. The other is that has a slight whiff of Austria 2002 about it. What would we do if we were Ferrari's team management? What we don't know is what the contracts say. If I was the Ferrari team management, I think I would do the same thing. In Austria 2002 they didn't need to do that - Michael Schumacher was miles ahead in the championship - and now they do. They've had a tough few races and they need that to bring Alonso back into play in the championship."

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "That was as blatant as it comes. He might as well have put his arm out of the cockpit and waved him through. We heard the message, the secret code. It's as clear as day, as soon as we heard that message. But at the end of the day if Massa had been able to pull away from Alonso, he wouldn't have got that message. The race would have ended in tears if they hadn't swapped positions, because Alonso would have tried something, we know he would. That's the world we live in, I'm sorry. It's about the team."

Lap 49: Massive moment. Massa is very slow coming out of the Turn Six hairpin and Alonso has the simple task of overtaking him. Hmm. Smedley tells Massa: "Good lad. Just stick with Fernando now. Sorry." Major, major talking point.

BBC F1 analyst David Coulthard: "I think it's quite clear that Rob Smedley did not want to give that message to his driver and I think it's unfair of team management to ask engineers to give that message to drivers."

Lap 47: Alonso posts a 1:17.012 and then Massa's race engineer Rob Smedley very slowly and purposefully tells his man: "OK, so, Fernando is faster than you." I wonder what Massa's reaction is to that?

Lap 45: Massa's lead is 0.9 seconds while Vettel, who has been putting in a series of quick laps, is 5.4 seconds off Alonso. Mark Webber's engineer Ciaron Pilbeam tells his driver: "Hard and late braking will help."

Lap 42: There could be problems for Red Bull. Here's BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "There's an oil consumption problem with Mark Webber's car. It is very worrying for the engine - once it starts to drink it's oil like that then the engineers get very concerned, which is why they have told him to lift off wherever possible. The engine might go bang." Webber is 4.6 seconds off Button now. Vettel posts a 1:17.241 and Massa leads Alonso by one second.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "It's a defensive game for McLaren at the moment - all they're thinking about is bringing those cars home and keeping ahead of Webber."

Lap 39: This could be a storming finish. The gap between the two Ferraris is just 1.1 seconds now.

Lap 38: Massa watch out - Alonso is after you again. The Spaniard sets a 1:17.495 and he takes 0.5 seconds out of Massa's lead. Lewis Hamilton is told by his team that "anything you can do to conserve a little bit of fuel will help us".

Lap 36: Alonso now posts a 1.17.666 and he is 2.5 seconds off Massa. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says Jenson Button is playing a defensive race with Webber with that straight-line speed advantage he has.

Lap 33: Alonso has cut the gap between himself and Massa to two seconds while Vettel is now 4.9 seconds further back. Hamilton is falling back even more - he's 9.8 seconds off Vettel. Webber in sixth, has Button in his sights.

Lap 31: It's Alonso's turn now - he sets a 1:17.757. BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Alonso has clearly had the speed over his team-mate all weekend. I genuinely believe Alonso is just playing with his team-mate at this stage."

Lap 30: Massa sets a 1:17.991. This is wonderful to watch. The gap to Alonso is 3.2 seconds while Vettel has dropped back a bit. Hamilton, in fourth, is 8.9 seconds off Vettel.

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BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Backing off is a trait of Alonso's driving - he does it to find out how fast his car is in clean air."

Lap 28: Now it's Alonso's turn to respond - a 1:18.075. There's no let up in Massa's side of the garage though. Here's his race engineer Rob Smedley over the radio: "Gap is three seconds. We need everything, Felipe. Keep this going and we can win."

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Well, you can see why they're waiting, Massa has just done two fastest laps and he's pulled the gap over Alonso out to more than two seconds."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "I've been studying this Ferrari situation very carefully. Alonso can see Massa backing him into the Red Bull. There have been fervent discussions on the pit wall, I can tell you that.

Lap 26: Rubbing salt into the wounds - Massa posts a 1:18.560. I would love to hear more of Alonso's radio now.

Lap 25: Massa is extending his lead - it's now 2.4 seconds. Alonso is slipping into the clutches of Vettel. Hamilton is fourth, Button fifth.

Lap 24: Then Massa sets a 1:18.646 and the gap at the front is 1.8 seconds. Rosberg comes into the pits.

Lap 23: Massa is not concerning himself with the frustrations of his team-mate behind him. He posts a 1:18.711 and now leads after Button pits at the end of the previous lap.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Alonso went to the inside there and that was a chance that went begging. He should have stayed behind Massa and nailed him down the inside into the next corner."

Lap 21: What a battle between Massa and Alonso. The backmarkers are also throwing a spanner in the works. Alonso takes his team-mate at Turn Six but the Brazilian has the better line coming out and takes the place back. Alonso also has a nibble at Turn 12 but no cigar. Alonso could not get past his team-mate on the track in Australia, Malaysia and China. He's not happy. "This is ridiculous," he tells his team.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "They need some coded messages here from the engineers, something like Fernando is faster than you, Felipe."

Lap 19: Alonso is just 0.6 seconds behind Massa. This is fascinating. Meanwhile, Vettel is 1.4 seconds behind Alonso.

Lap 17: Right, here's how we stand. Button leads from Massa then it's Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton, Rosberg, Webber. Button and Rosberg have not yet pitted.

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "We have to see an overtaking manoeuvre from Alonso, who has muscled his way up to the back of Massa. Massa is definitely struggling to get his new tyres up to temperature. Alonso will be screaming on the radio, 'Guys, get me past, I'm much faster!'

Lap 15: Alonso is all over Massa. The gap is just 0.7 seconds. It will be interesting to see how Massa will handle the pressure from his team-mate. Button leads but obviously he has not pitted yet.

Lap 14: Now it's the turn of race leader Massa and Lewis Hamilton. Let's see where they end up.

Lap 13: Webber and Alonso come in. It's a very quick stop for Webber.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Red Bull think they've seen a window to drop Vettel into and use that space to bring him into play with the Ferraris."

Lap 12: Vettel is the first man to move - he's in the pits. This will spark a lot of action down there now.

Lap 11: Massa posts a 1:18.823 and BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle says that in his opinion this is the Brazilian's best drive since his horrific accident in Hungary last year.

Lap 10: After Alonso sets a quick lap on lap nine, Massa responds with a 1:18.915. The gap is holding steady at 1.5 seconds. Hamilton is keeping Webber at bay for now.

Lap 8: Button, in sixth, is slipping back - he's 3.1 seconds off fifth-placed Webber. Massa leads Alonso by 1.5 seconds, then it's Vettel and Hamilton - who has Webber right in his mirrors now. Trulli retires - gearbox failure.

Lap 6: Another quick lap from Alonso, that's a 1:19.153. The gap between the front two is 1.1 seconds.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "I think Vettel just spent too much time trying to squeeze Alonso into the wall at the start and it's cost him two places. He was too aggressive there. And Massa said: 'Thank you very much, I'll have some of that and I'll even run wide just to make sure.'"

Lap 5: Alonso is on the move - he sets the fastest lap of 1:19.292 and he is 1.6 seconds behind Massa.

Lap 3: Massa leads Alonso by 1.5 seconds. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says Buemi is retiring but Lotus are trying to get Trulli back out. His gearbox was stuck in second. Schumacher is in eighth by the way, Rosberg ninth.

Lap 2: The yellow flag was only brief. Massa sets the fastest lap of 1:20.501. Jarno Trulli is wheeled back into the garage. Another retirement for the Lotus. Buemi is also wheeled back in, we'll see if that is his race run.

Lap 1: There's a yellow flag after Buemi's rear wing flies off. Sutil comes into the pits for new front wing. Liuzzi and Buemi also come in. Alonso is second, Vettel third, Hamilton fourth, Webber fifth.

Lap 1: We're off. What a start for Ferrari. Vettel dives to the right to cut off Alonso but he doesn't stop the Spaniard. Massa takes advantage on the outside to take the lead.

1300: The formation lap begins and Vettel is very slow as he comes around the final corner. There's 67 laps over a race distance of 190.424 miles. Ready?

1258: Virgin Racing's Timo Glock is told by his team that no rain is forecast. BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle says the first lap "will be very busy indeed" while Eddie Jordan is expecting fireworks. This is going to be a cracker. Don't go anywhere. Michael Schumacher, by the way, has gone with the softer tyres. Remember he had the choice of which compound to use as he didn't qualify in the top 10.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner responds to rumours their car has an illegal flexible front wing: "We're totally happy the car is compliant with the regulations. It has passed all the stress tests and scrutineering. If other people are not happy, they should protest." To which BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz responds: "Maybe they will."

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "It's too hard to call. It's probably between Vettel and Alonso, but there's more to come from the likes of Mark Webber and the McLarens will be stronger in race pace than they were in qualifying. For once it's too tight to predict."

1254: The stands are rammed and a Mexican wave has begun. It doesn't look like there will be any rain during the race. As we switch to race coverage, 'The Final Countdown' by Europe is played and I'm suddenly getting all sentimental. *Sniff*. Not long now.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner: "Vettel is remarkably cool, listening to his iPod and we've had our briefings this morning. There's that little bit more pressure with your home race but he is coping with it really well."

McLaren's Jenson Button, who starts from fifth on the grid: "The first lap here is always a lot of fun and we are something like 6-7km/h quicker on the straight than everyone else. We don't have the downforce they have obviously. But we'll see what we can do."

Justin in Northampton via text: "There are some hungry drivers in the front rows today, I can see egos causing a bit of Turn One carnage, leaving the door wide open for the McLaren boys to pick up a fistful of points."

Tobylittle on Twitter: "Mum's a Webber fan but she's going to miss the race as she's on a plane. Murphy's Law says Webber will win the race of his life."

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Zeke Pliskin on 606: "I get a distinct feeling that the two British drivers with the slightly more reliable machine could manage a McLaren one-two. We've seen some parts failures on both the Prancing Horse and the charging bull, and weather conditions don't look to be helping any cars which aren't right at the top of the heap in terms of stability."

1244: Mark Webber looks pretty relaxed on the grid - would you expect anything else? Asked about his prospects for the race, Webber says: "Try and go forwards, mate, if I can. I think we'll be in for the most interesting grand prix of the year. Six quick guys at the front."

1239: "Welcome to the grid petrolheads," says Martin Brundle, which can only mean one thing - it's grid walk time. It looks a little cloudy but there is no rain. A stern-looking lady instructs our man that he can only ask Nico Hulkenberg one question. Brundle asks two. He doesn't play by the rules. By the way, our 'driver tracker' link is now in the carousel in the video panel at the top of the page. Please note though that there will be nothing in it until the race starts at 1300 BST.

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Stephen Simpson on 606: "The Ferrari looked very good yesterday but they're not always that clever at the start of the race. If they've sorted that out then they could be tough to beat. My prediction is: Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton."

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali after his drivers finished second and third on the grid: "We have done nothing. Not a lot of points yesterday but it is important to see the performance, as we have said for the last two races, is going in the right direction. We know it is a delicate moment because didn't get the points we deserved. We discussed between ourselves and said we need to be patient. After a period when we didn't get the performance we expected, around Spain and Turkey, we have seen that step by step we have been getting the aerodynamic efficiency. This is a good sign. We are in the middle of the season and we need to keep pushing to the end."

Violalag on Twitter: "A good race-day breakfast needs Silverstone donuts to have that evocative ooomph. That was a great F1 weekend!"

BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie on Twitter: "Jenson and Lewis looking so relaxed in the garage at the moment."

masterbrawngp on Twitter: "Come on Button, Button, Button, Button."
Think we've got an Alonso fan there.

BBC Sport commentator Martin Brundle: "The dirty side of the track in Hockenheim could be tricky for drivers such as second-placed Fernando Alonso and behind him Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton for two reasons. First, the racing line and the dirty line are clearly defined because the cars only ever go up the left-hand side of the track, except for the start. This also significantly tightens up the angle going into Turn One as in order to get a good line through there the cars have to get really over to the left. There's only one line into Turn One - which is 145mph at the apex - so there's only room for one car at a time. The track won't be as dirty as it was because there have been race starts from all sorts of formulae over the weekend but the line into Turn One is very important. If you are slow into there then you are under pressure into Turn Two and beyond."

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A celeb has been spotted
1224: Word reaches me from the wonderful Sarah Holt in Germany that man-mountain boxer Vitali Klitschko is in the Hockenheim paddock. Graphics overload. She's not too keen on his 'Dr Ironfist' nickname. Don't worry Sarah, he's a pussycat really.

Hungry in Southend via text: "The wife had the oven on at 1130, asked what time dinner would be and she said 1330. In the middle of a GP? Think not. Switched it off."

TJ, Leeds via text: "I have never owned a pink shirt, should I buy one?"
Yes TJ, it's the F1 law.

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Andy and Sam having lunch in garden near Hockenheim, via text: "Massive smash at first corner, Lewis will carefully pick his way through. Local knowledge: wind from the west, wine vineyards in clear view, there will be no rain today!"

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BlueFlags on 606: "Here's the official prediction, Jens to win, Webber second, Massa third, Alonso fourth, Schumi fifth."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Hockenheim: "Hello again. I have to say I've got rather giddily caught up in the excitement building ahead of the race. It's hard not to when you are surrounded by the enthusiastic German fans - and I've never seen more of the crowd dressed in F1 clothing anywhere else on the calendar. Though I'm still having to get used to Michael Schumacher's face beaming from torsos of various shapes and sizes, I must say. I arrived at the paddock an hour and a bit before the race just in time to see the drivers returning from their parade. Rubens Barrichello, who starts in eighth, was trailed by two bounding mini Barrichellos, his sons Eduardo and Fernando. Sakon Yamamoto, who made his F1 debut in Hockenheim in 2006, looked super-cool in his aviator shades. He's replacing Karun Chandhok at Hispania this weekend and Chandhok is back in Brackley watching the race on the BBC. Mark Webber's Dad Alan also practised his victory wink with me, just in case…"

1215: As the race for the championship hots up, here's a quick update on how we stand going into the 11th race of the season. Hamilton, who won here in 2008, leads team-mate Jenson Button by 12 points after picking up 86 points from a possible 100 in the last four races. Mark Webber, who won last time out at Silverstone, is in third while team-mate Vettel is in fourth. Alonso is in fifth and a win here would really re-ignite his title challenge.

1211: Some of you have been asking about the driver tracker feature which was introduced for the British GP last time out and fear not, IT IS BACK. Sorry about the shouting, I got a little carried away there. You can get it from 1300 BST when the race starts in the streaming panel at the top of this page - it will appear as a link in the carousel underneath the video. Read all about it on Andrew Benson's blog.

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "At the moment all the forecasts and weather radars saying no chance of rain. Interesting strategy call with tyres today. Starting on the option will mean a short stint and then a long stint on the prime to the end. Some teams will take a chance on starting on the prime and gaining position but the gamble will be how long will the option last at the end. Top 10 have to start on option, expect Schumacher and a few others behind them to take the gamble on the prime."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Hockenheim: "Championship leaders McLaren are optimistic about their chances in Germany with Jenson Button starting on fifth and Lewis Hamilton, who heads Button in the title race by 12 points, just behind in sixth. The team have now got their exhaust-blown diffuser working and reckon their race pace will compensate for being out of touch with the Red Bulls and Ferraris in qualifying. Button says: 'We can still have a very good race. If you look at the speed traps you'll notice we're quite a bit quicker than the two teams in front of us, in the race it could help us as long as we can look after the tyres, which might be an issue if it's hot weather we can really use our speed advantage. It'll be important to stay out of trouble on the first lap and then move forward and put in some good laps.'"

Lewis Hamilton with Ayrton Senna's car
Lewis Hamilton with Ayrton Senna's car
1205: Sunday's Top Gear programme is always well worth watching but this week they have a real treat for F1 fans. Lewis Hamilton takes to the wheel of Ayrton Senna's 1988 world championship-winning McLaren-Honda MP4/4 at Silverstone. This was the car with which the Brazilian and team-mate Alain Prost won a record 15 of the 16 races that season. Hamilton drove the car the morning after returning to the UK from the Canadian Grand Prix: "Usually, I sleep like a baby on planes," he said, "but I was so excited about driving this that I didn't sleep a wink." The programme is at 2000 BST in the UK on BBC Two.

tranquility2k9 on 606: "Hi Mark, I have said that while McLaren possibly got their set-up wrong for qualifying as the low downforce setup lost them too much time in sectors one and three. It may pay dividends in the race as they should be much closer to those in-front on race pace and with a big top line speed advantage on the longest straight, they can possibly overtake. I'm going for - Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel."

WildeV on Twitter: "I'm cooking sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, beans and muffins to eat while watching pre-show/race depending on cooking time!"

1159: Telly coverage begins on BBC One from 1205 BST and you can also catch the action on BBC Radio 5 live. All of that is also streamed at the top of this page. I know that you are quite keen on the outfits our television boys wear and I can exclusively reveal that it is David Coulthard's turn to have the trademark F1 white jeans. I wonder if they draw lots? Eddie Jordan is quite subdued, dark shirt and jeans, although his trousers do have a big white pocket on the back of them. One word. Trendy.

1156: Here's some interesting chat from BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz. "McLaren have gone aggressive with their wing settings, running less downforce than the other top teams. That should give them a straight-line speed advantage in the race."

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AndyK via text: Here's my prediction Mark. Seb & Fernando to run each other off at the first corner, rain to play a part in proceedings which leads to Lewis Hamilton winning & Rubens Barrichello to make the podium!"

Martin, North Yorkshire via text: "My prediction is Alonso and Vettel to come together at the start and cause a red flag."

1150: Schumacher is not happy. Mercedes have a new rear wing and a tweaked rear blown diffuser but the 41-year-old failed to make it to the final part of qualifying while team-mate Nico Rosberg ended up ninth on the grid. Schumacher blames the ban on in-season testing as his team struggle to keep up with the development of the other leading teams. Here's what he said: "It is completely ridiculous to do zero [testing]. Some kind of testing should be implemented. I hope there is common sense and we find a solution." So there.

fusenUK on Twitter: "Top three will be Alonso, Vettel, Webber."

1144: I reckon it would have been an easier night's sleep in the Ferrari garage last night after their best qualifying performance since the opening race of the season - Fernando Alonso in second and Felipe Massa in third. Maybe they allowed themselves to have a few Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbiers. Maybe. Ferrari have had a frustrating month after failing to secure the results they wanted despite introducing upgrades for the European Grand Prix and Silverstone. They've got a new front wing in Hockenheim and Alonso, for one, is pretty happy. "We have been competitive all weekend, I'm very confident with the car."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Hockenheim: "The last time German legend Michael Schumacher raced in front of his home fans in 2006 he led home a dominant Ferrari one-two. Four years later, he's back at Hockenheim and the fans have turned out in Ferrari red and Mercedes silver to welcome him - and I can tell you the biggest selling item at the Schumacher shop is his trademark silver cap. Schumacher starts in 11th and has the option to change his tyres and do his first stint on the harder compound. He says: 'We are on the good side of the grid and I have the possibility to have a different strategy than the first top cars do. Whether we do choose or not is something we will find out, as I'm not sure what is the best situation to go ahead with. We are a bit stronger in race pace than in qualifying but we wanted to achieve more for our fans. Let's hope the race will develop in a way that we can still show them something.'"

1139: Becker. That's celebrity gold that. I'm a happy man. I have to admit that I've gone massively early with my lunch. I blame my colleague sitting next to me who arrived mid-morning with a double, yes double, sausage and hash brown baguette. If you can think of a better late brekkie than that on the morning of race day then please let me know.

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Mercedes GP on Twitter: "A very dapper looking Boris Becker has just arrived in our motorhome. A bright and sunny start to the morning is rapidly becoming more cloudy here."

1137: Here's a deal, if you post your predictions about today's race - I'll try and get them on this here live text commentary. Sound good? Lovely. Use Twitter, 606 or text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message.

1134: Good morning from a pretty sunny Shepherd's Bush, often described as the 'Rio of the West (London)'. I think that's what they said anyway. So Vettel claimed pole yesterday with a blistering lap at the very end of qualifying to make it 10 out of 11 poles for the Red Bull outfit. While he starts from the front of the grid, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is 11th and a headline in German newspaper Bild (roughly translated) simply says: "Schumacher was yesterday, today is Vettel." No pressure then.

1130: Ah the pressure of being a home hope, with thousands upon thousands of people willing and praying for you to deliver the goods on German soil. Sebastian Vettel, it's over to you.

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Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2016

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 385
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 380
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 256
4 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 212
5 M Verstappen Red Bull 204
6 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 186
7 Mexico S Perez Force India 101
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 85
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 72
10 Spain F Alonso McLaren 54
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 53
12 C Sainz Toro Rosso 46
13 France R Grosjean Haas F1 29
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 25
15 Great Britain J Button McLaren 21
16 Denmark K Magnussen Lotus 7
17 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 2
18 J Palmer Lotus 1
19 P Wehrlein Manor Marussia F1 1
21 Mexico E Gutierrez Haas F1 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 0
23 E Ocon Manor Marussia F1 0

Points projected from latest race positions

see also
Vettel pips Alonso to German pole
24 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso tops Red Bulls in practice
23 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Schumacher targets 2011 F1 title
22 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren confident over upgrades
22 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Villeneuve confirms Durango link
21 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren will not favour Hamilton
20 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
No favouritism says Red Bull boss
19 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Chandhok dropped for German race
16 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Webber clears air with Red Bull
15 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Toro Rosso keep drivers for 2011
15 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
'Angry' Ferrari vow to fight back
13 Jul 10 |  Formula 1

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