• Spain's Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, right, leads the field right after the start of the German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari leads into the first corner at the start of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2012 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Spain's Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, left, leads Germany's Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center, and Germany's Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher, right, right after the start of the German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Second placed Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany stops with his car in the pit lane at the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer/Pool)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Great Britain is surrounded by technicians as he stops with his car in the pit lane at the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, Pool)
  • HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari leads from Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren on his way to winning the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2012 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
  • Spain's Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso leads ahead of Germany's Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel during the German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives on his way to winning the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2012 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
  • HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives on his way to winning the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2012 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
  • HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari crosses the line to win the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2012 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso from Spain is flanked by second placed Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, left, and third placed McLaren driver Jenson Button after the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at the Hockenheim race circuit in Hockenheim, southern Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd, Sascha Schuermann)
  • Spain's Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, center, is sprayed with champagne by second placed German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, left, and third placed British McLaren driver Jenson Button after winning the German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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