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Piquet gets surprise second

Reanult's Nelson Piquet Jr got his first podium finish when he finished second behind championship leader McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in the German Grand Prix.

At one time Piquet actually led the race only to be overtaken by Hamilton but he made sure that Ferrari's Felipe Massa did not catch him as he got Reanult to its best finish this season.

Hamilton started on pole and had a fine race and he could have spoilt the race by stopping during racing instead of during the safety car.

Hamilton now leads the championship by four points after Massa who was tied on points with him at the start of the race could only get third place.

BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld took the first position outside the podium in fourth and behind him was McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen.

Nothing seemed to work for current champion Kimi Raikkonen as he finished sixth and if he continues like this he could lose his title. He started the race in the same position and could not improve on that despite Fernando Alonso who started fifth finishing eleventh.

The races are beginning to run out and Ferrari must be aware that they have to do something now to have their drivers back on track.

BMW Sauber was the third team to have both its drivers score points in this race as Robert Kubica finished seventh and it was a race points finish for Toro Rosso-Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Unfortunately Mark Webber crashed out after 40 laps after he started seventh on the grid.

Hamilton has a chance to increase to increase his lead by at least six points if he wins the next race in Budapest in two weeks time.

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