Having secured pole position in the rain at Hockenheim, Fernando Alonso
showed he could be just as quick in the dry to secure his third win of the season in the German Grand Prix.
The Spaniard was able to keep his place at the head of the field when the lights went out with a perfect start, and quickly set about established an advantage out front, although he was never able to pull out too much of a lead over the chasing pack behind.
Having managed to see off the challenge of Michael Schumacher through the early laps, Sebastian Vettel
cemented his place as Alonso's closest challenger through the first part of the race as the leading pair gradually eased away from the battle behind.
Schumacher himself would keep third for the opening ten laps before losing out to a charging Jenson Button
at the hairpin on lap eleven, two laps after the McLaren
man had made a similar move for fourth on the Force India
of Nico Hulkenberg.
Through the opening stint, Alonso maintained his advantage over defending champion Vettel, but when the pair swapped to the medium Pirelli tyres, Vettel was able to close the gap to put the Spaniard under increasing pressure.
Button however was also bringing himself into contention for victory, with his chances aided by team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was running well down the order having been forced to pit with a puncture caused by debris from the front wing of Felipe Massa
after the Ferrari
man was involved in a clash at the start.
Despite running a lap down, Hamilton was lapping quicker than Alonso and Vettel who were ahead on track and unlapped himself from Vettel which allowed Button to close on the Red Bull
Button then pitted first for the second and final time and when Vettel dived in a lap later, he resumed just as Button came round turn one. Carrying more speed, Button was able to sweep ahead into second place and did his best to chase Alonso down before starting to suffer with his tyres in the closing laps.
That allowed Vettel to challenge on the penultimate lap having activated his DRS on the run to the hairpin, with the German trying to go round the outside on the right-hander. Putting four-wheels off the track to complete the move, Vettel moved back into second in a move that left Button far from impressed. Alonso however was too far up the road for Vettel to challenge, with the points leader securing his third victory of 2012 to strengthen his advantage at the head of the title race.