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Alonso wins German GP

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HOCKEINHEIM — Fernando Alonso extended his lead in this year’s Formula One drivers’ world championship yesterday when he drove to a flawless victory for Ferrari in the German Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old Spaniard started from pole position and dominated the 67-lap race in consummate style as he came home 3,7 seconds ahead of local hero, defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.

Briton Jenson Button of McLaren, who had proved the potential of his revamped car for a long spell in the race, came home third after being passed by Vettel, who ran wide and off the track, on the penultimate lap.

The race stewards announced they were investigating Vettel’s passing move, a statement that left the result unconfirmed pending the result of their decision and any chosen sanction.

Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth for Lotus ahead of Japanese Kamui Kobayashi and his Sauber teammate Mexican Sergio Perez, who came home sixth. Seven-time champion and German hero Michael Schumacher (43) finished seventh for Mercedes ahead of Australian Mark Webber in the second Red Bull and another German, Nico Hulkenberg, who was ninth for Force India.

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