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Alonso converts pole into German GP victory
Sunday 22nd July 2012, 14:46 by TF1T Staff
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Fernando Alonso converted his second pole position of the 2012 season to secure his third win of the year, further extending his championship lead.
The Ferrari driver came under increasing pressure from both Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button in the closing stages of the race, but he held off brilliantly to take 25 points.
Vettel managed to overcome Button in the closing laps to take second, but his overtake, which happened off-circuit, is under investigation.
Button made his way through the field from sixth to finish third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, the Sauber duo led by Kamui Kobayashi came in fifth and sixth with Sergio Perez just holding off Michael Schumacher.
2012 German GP Results:
Pos Driver Team Gap Pts 01. F. Alonso Ferrari 25 02. S. Vettel Red Bull +3.7 18 03. J. Button McLaren +6.9 15 04. K. Raikkonen Lotus +16.4 12 05. K. Kobayashi Sauber +21.9 10 06. S. Perez Sauber +27.8 8 07. M. Schumacher Mercedes +28.9 6 08. M. Webber Red Bull +46.9 4 09. N. Hulkenberg Force India +48.1 2 10. N. Rosberg Mercedes +48.8 1 11. P. di Resta Force India +59.2 12. F. Massa Ferrari +1:11.4 13. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1:16.8 14. J. Vergne Toro Rosso +1:16.9 15. P. Maldonado Williams +1 lap 16. V. Petrov Caterham +1 lap 17. B. Senna Williams +1 lap 18. R. Grosjean Lotus +1 lap 19. H. Kovalainen Caterham +2 laps 20. C. Pic Marussia +2 laps 21. P. de la Rosa HRT +3 laps 22. T. Glock Marussia +3 laps 23. N. Karthikeyan HRT +3 laps 24. L. Hamilton McLaren +20 laps
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