Fernando Alonso, in his first front-row starting slot of the season, has his serious head on as he arrives at Hockenheim on Sunday morning
Bernie Ecclestone, F1's commercial rights controller, arrives with his phone clamped to his ear. Not an unusual picture of the deal-maker supreme
An unsmiling Lewis Hamilton heads for the McLaren garage. Starting from sixth on the grid, the championship leader knows this race may be about damage limitation
Jenson Button, moving with the confidence of a man who has unexpectedly out-qualified his team-mate, follows Hamilton into the McLaren garage. Keeping his team-mate behind him in the race may be another matter
Sebastian Vettel shows few signs of nerves on the day he could become the first German other than Michael Schumacher to win his home Grand Prix in the modern era
Michael Schumacher fans continue to outnumber Sebastian Vettel fans in Germany. Starting from 11th, the former world champion will struggle to oblige them with a podium finish
Not that Vettel is without his fans in the campsites around Hockenheim. Unless these are Australians hoping to see Mark Webber prove once again that he's not bad for a number two driver
As the hour of the race approaches, Vettel himself heads out to the drivers' parade in the company of Williams veteran Rubens Barrichello
The lights go out and Vettel does not make a good start - and he is soon under pressure from the Ferraris, who come either side of him on the run to the first corner
Massa takes advantage of Alonso and Vettel's fight and sweeps around the outside of the first corner to take the lead
Massa leads the early laps, but he is not able to shake off Alonso or Vettel as the McLarens begin to drop away
Seven-time world champion Schumacher makes a great start climbing three places to eighth at Hokenheim - a track where he has won four times. The Mercedes man ends the day in ninth
Massa retains the lead through the pit stop period, but he comes under increasing pressure from Alonso, who is clearly faster and he contraversially lets him through
Vettel chases hard and closes on Massa in the final few laps but he admits later that the Ferraris were "a 10th or two quicker than us for much of the race"
After winning at Silverstone, Mark Webber has a bad day at the office as he is forced to nurse his Red Bull car home in sixth position after suffering an engine problem
Hamilton edges out team-mate Button to claim fourth place despite qualifying behind the world champion - the 2008 champion still leads the drivers' championship
Alonso and Massa embrace at the end of the race - but the controversy is all to come after they switched positions with the stewards looking at whether team orders were issued
Alonso celebrates on the podium - the first time he has stood on the top step since the first race of the season. A marker of things to come, perhaps?
After securing his first podium finish on home soil, Vettel celebrates. The third-place finish leaves the German 21 points behind Hamilton
Ferrari are fined $100,000 after race stewards decide the team breached sporting regulations by appearing to implement team orders, but the result of the German Grand Prix stands
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