2012 German Grand Prix
|Race 10 of 20 in the 2012 Formula One season|
|Date||22 July 2012|
|Official name||Formula 1 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland 2012|
|Location||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
4.574 km (2.842 mi)
|Distance||67 laps, 306.458 km (190.433 mi)|
|Weather||Fine and Dry|
|Time||1:18.725 on lap 58|
The 2012 German Grand Prix, formally the Formula 1 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland, was a Formula One motor race that took place on 22 July 2012 as the tenth round of the 2012 season. After being held at the Nürburgring in 2011, the race returned to the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, making the 2012 race the thirty-third time the circuit hosted the German Grand Prix, and the eighth time the shortened circuit hosted the race since its 2001 redesign.
This race marks Lewis Hamilton's 100th race.
As there was no race at Hockenheim in 2011, 2012 is the first year that the drag reduction system (DRS) and Pirelli tyres featured at the circuit. The DRS detection zone for the race was located at turn four, with the activation zone located 260 metres (850 ft) further down the road, so that it could be used on the approach to the hairpin.
Tyre supplier Pirelli chose to run with the most commonly run tyre combination of the year to date, and brought its white-banded medium compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the yellow-banded soft compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre to the Hockenheim circuit.
- Driver penalties
Romain Grosjean took a five-place grid penalty after his team discovered a terminal issue in his gearbox. Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber were also given five-place penalties for gearbox changes. Sergio Pérez was given a five-place grid penalty for impeding Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen in the second qualifying session.
- Driver changes
Dani Clos took over Narain Karthikeyan's HRT during the first free practice session. Jules Bianchi replaced Paul di Resta at Force India, while Valtteri Bottas once again drove Bruno Senna's Williams for the same session.
|Pos.||No.||Driver||Constructor||Part 1||Part 2||Part 3||Grid|
|2||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:16.393||1:38.309||1:41.026||2|
|3||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:16.500||1:39.382||1:41.496||81|
|5||12||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.271||1:39.467||1:43.501||4|
|9||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.352||1:39.703||1:44.889||9|
|11||16||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:16.516||1:39.789||11|
|18||17||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:16.741||15|
|23||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||1:19.912||23|
|107% time: 1:20.991|
- ^1 — Romain Grosjean, Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber were each demoted five places as a penalty for changing their gearboxes before the race.
- ^2 — Sergio Pérez was demoted five places as a penalty for impeding Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen in the second qualifying session.
- ^1 — Sebastian Vettel was given a 20 second post-race drive-through penalty for an illegal overtaking maneouvre on Jenson Button on lap 66, dropping him from second to fifth.
Championship standings after the race 
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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