McLaren's Hamilton wins German GP at Nuerburgring

By the Associated Press | July 24, 2011 | 9:59 AM EDT

McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, front, of Britain cuts a curve ahead of Red Bull driver Mark Webber, back, of Australia during the Formula One German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring circuit in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) — Lewis Hamilton of McLaren won an enthralling German Grand Prix on Sunday, fighting off challenges from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber of Red Bull for his second victory of the season.

Hamilton started second but took the lead from Webber by the first turn. The top three finishers were within 3 seconds of each other for long parts of the 60-lap race.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull finished fourth. He tops the standings with 216 points, followed by Webber with 139 and Hamilton at 134. Alonso is fourth with 130.

The race was run under damp conditions, with intermittent raindrops helping to keep track temperatures cool.