Vettel loses second place at German GP after penalty

The Associated Press

7/22/2012 12:06:24 PM

HOCKENHEIM, Germany -- Sebastian Vettel has been given a 20-second penalty for a late overtaking manoeuvr at the German Grand Prix, pushing him down from second place to fifth.

The two-time defending Formula One champion went past Jenson Button from outside the track as they vied for second place over the final few laps. The penalty means Button was moved up from third to second, with Kimi Raikkonen getting third place in his Lotus.

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari won the race in his Ferrari to extend his championship lead.