Before and then after Sunday's German grand prix, controversy haunted Red Bull. But it was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who continued to stroll away at the head of the world championship, the Spaniard ...

Before and then after Sunday's German grand prix, controversy haunted Red Bull.

But it was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who continued to stroll away at the head of the world championship, the Spaniard serenely extending his lead with a commanding win at Hockenheim.

All the excited talk, however, was about Red Bull.

The FIA kicked it all off, very publicly questioning the legality of the RB8 just hours before the red lights were due to extinguish.

A media report at the federation's official website said scrutineers found "torque irregularities" as the result of questionable software settings.

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer said he thinks it is a rules breach.

But three hours later, the stewards said they did not agree, even though they did not "accept all the arguments of the team".

However, "as the regulation is written, the (engine) map presented does not breach the text of" the regulation, and so "no action" was taken.

On the grid, this weekend's driver-steward Derek Warwick said he suspected the ruling is "certainly not the end" of the latest Red Bull technical controversy.

And another Red Bull saga would break out on the very last lap of the race.

Jenson Button complained on the radio after losing his second place to Sebastian Vettel that the Red Bull passed him "beyond the circuit".

Button's McLaren engineer told the Briton the FIA is "aware" of the questionable move, and race officials indeed launched yet another stewards' enquiry.

Button then made Vettel aware as well, boldly telling the German before walking onto the podium: "They're going to investigate your overtake, you know."

Far away from all the controversy, Hockenheim was a perfect result for Alonso, as the Spaniard extended his points lead from 13 points to a commanding 34, with closest challenger Mark Webber - earlier pushed five places down the grid with a gearbox penalty - just eighth at the finish.

[UPDATE] Stewards demoted Sebastian Vettel from second to fifth after ruling his late-race pass on Jenson Button at Hockenheim was illegal. Full story here.

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

67

1:31:05.862

1

25

2

3

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

67

+6.9 secs

6

18

3

9

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

67

+16.4 secs

10

15

4

14

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

67

+21.9 secs

12

12

5

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

67

+23.7 secs

2

10

6

15

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

67

+27.8 secs

17

8

7

7

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

67

+28.9 secs

3

6

8

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

67

+46.9 secs

8

4

9

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

67

+48.1 secs

4

2

10

8

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

67

+48.8 secs

21

1

11

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

67

+59.2 secs

9

 

12

6

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

67

+71.4 secs

13

 

13

16

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

67

+76.8 secs

11

 

14

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

67

+76.9 secs

15

 

15

18

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

66

+1 Lap

5

 

16

21

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

66

+1 Lap

18

 

17

19

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

66

+1 Lap

14

 

18

10

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

66

+1 Lap

19

 

19

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

65

+2 Laps

16

 

20

25

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

65

+2 Laps

20

 

21

22

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

64

+3 Laps

23

 

22

24

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

64

+3 Laps

22

 

23

23

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

64

+3 Laps

24

 

Ret

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

56

Puncture damage

7

 


2012 German Grand Prix - RESULTS