Vettel penalised in German F1 Grand Prix

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, left, leads Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center after the start of the German F1 Grand Prix
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, left, leads Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center after the start of the German F1 Grand Prix Photo: AP Photo/Michael Probst

Red Bull's Sebastien Vettel has been penalised by race stewards after finishing second in the German Grand Prix.

It follows Vettel's manouevre to overtake Jenson Button from third place near the end of the race.

The reigning World drivers champion put all four wheels off the track on the exit of the hairpin as he passed Button on the penultimate lap. But he was unable to catch Fernando Alonso who claimed his third victory of the season.

Vettel was given a 20 second penalty, relegating him from 2nd to 5th. Kimi Raikkonen moves up to 3rd behind Button, with Kamui Kobayashi 4th.

Before the race, the Milton Keynes based team had escaped punishment after being accused of illegal engine mapping. Stewards reported Red Bull for contravening a rule forbidding teams from using exhausts for aerodynamic effect.

Although Vettel originally finished on the podium, his career run of not winning a grand prix race in July goes on after ten attempts.

As for Alonso, he managed to stay out in front on fading tyres, unlike at Silverstone and in Montreal when he gave up the lead in the closing stages.

He is now 34 points clear in the championship standings ahead of Webber, who could only finish where he started - eighth.