Brawn GP’s Rubens Barichello ended the race on sixth spot while his teammate and current championship leader Jenson Button finished fourth. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa took third to complete the podium standings. This position is detrimental Barichello who before this race was second now find himself 2 spots behind the 2 Red Bull drivers. Button still lead the standings on 68 points. Vettel is now second and 21 points behind Button while Webber is only 1.5 points behind his teammate.
Webber started at Nurburgring at pole position and was slated to hold on to his advantage but found the pressure to hard to handle when he tried in vain to fend off the offensive from Barichello after staring off the line slowly. In doing so, he collided with the Brazilian and was then penalized.
The drive-through penalty is where he had to drive into the pit-lane at the maximum speed of 120km/h, where some quick thinking and strategizing saw him diving in the pits in Lap 14, which was as long as they could wait where he rejoined the race in front anyway. It was as if everything was going to go his way because Vettel and Button were being held up in traffic, particularly by McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen.
Webber, who pit-stopped and rejoined in eight position was not worried as by the time all the other cars pitted, he was back up front and slowly move his way towards his first victory. Webber said "It's an incredible day for me. I wanted to win so badly. The only thing in the end I though was going to beat me, or test me even more, was the rain. But even that held off. It was a little bit testing. Obviously I lost Barrichello completely off the start. I thought he'd gone a little bit to the left so I went to the right and banged into him, and that's not normally my style. I had to recover [from the drive-through penalty], my engineer kept me quite calm and I pushed as hard as I could."