Sebastian Vettel wins German Grand Prix

2013 German Grand Prix summary

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2013Sebastian Vettel finally added his home race to his list of grand prix victories after a close win under pressure from Kimi Raikkonen.

The outcome turned on a mid-race Safety Car deployment due to a bizarre incident which saw an unmanned car rolling backwards across the track. Jules Bianchi hurriedly evacuated his Marussia when a fire started at the back. It was quickly extinguished only for the driverless car to roll across the circuit.

That left Vettel leading the two Lotuses, Romain Grosjean ahead of Raikkonen. But while Vettel and Grosjean made early final stops for medium tyres Raikkonen stayed out longer and switched to the softs.

After coming out of the pits Lotus told Grosjean to let him team mate by – which he did – and Raikkonen spent the final laps edging into Vettel’s lead. He was within DRS range on the final tour, but crossed the line still a second behind the Red Bull.

Grosjean held Alonso back for third, the Ferrari driver coming to a stop shortly after the chequered flag. Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton, who was passed by both Red Bulls at the start, ended up overtaking Jenson Button for fifth on the final lap.

Mark Webber came home seventh after a problem at his pit stop which could have had far worse implications. His right-rear wheel nut was inadequately secured and flew off as he left, striking a cameraman who was taken to hospital.

Sergio Perez, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg completed the points scorers. Felipe Massa spun out earlier on, saying his engine switched off while he was downshifting.

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34 comments on Sebastian Vettel wins German Grand Prix

  1. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 7th July 2013, 15:44

    Massa keeps finding new ways how to let his team mate by. And it was the one of the most subtle yet. Perhaps because of 3 year anniversary in German GP, lol.

    • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 7th July 2013, 19:04

      He admits that it’s his own mistake. He can’t afford such errors when Merc has pipped Ferrari to 2nd place in WCC. If he doesn’t start performing well, this might be his swansong in Formula 1 or at least at Ferrari.

  2. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 7th July 2013, 15:46

    Congrats to Seb for winning his home GP!

    Go RBR Go!

  3. tmax (@tmax) said on 7th July 2013, 15:46

    Great race. Good nail biting finish.

    Looks like Ferrari did not have a huge pace today as they were more on defensive with the strategy.

  4. tmax (@tmax) said on 7th July 2013, 15:49

    It was a nice surprise too see Grosejan was able to hold back Alonso using his used medium compared to Alonso’s Fresh Softs….

    • Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 7th July 2013, 15:53

      It is not Grosjean’s credit. It’s Alonso’s “debit.”

      • mixwell (@mixwell) said on 7th July 2013, 15:58

        by that logic, Alonso can not be credited for half his races. .

        comeon ! Grosjean really deserves some credit now. he drove superbly and was able to finish ahead of Alonso

  5. Sheila (@st91) said on 7th July 2013, 15:53

    I suppose not many people will share my opinion but this season Vettel has improved a lot his performance and right now IMO he’s the best driver, if he can keep like this I don’t think they can catch him for the WDC.

  6. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 7th July 2013, 16:03

    As I die hard Ferrari and Alonso fan, that was a beautiful race by Seb. Must be really special winning your home GP.

    Gutted for Grosjean, I understand Kimi is in the title race but it felt really harsh the way Lotus screwed him over. No doubt the race will help him confidence wise, more of that Romain and less crashing please.

    Also felt bad for Maldonado, had an excellent race. Shame a dodgy pitstop cost Williams points in their 600th GP.

  7. Jon (@jons) said on 7th July 2013, 16:06

    Impressive Vettel…
    Perfect start and kept behind both Kimi and Romain extracting the maximum of his Red Bull. As Boullier said on an interview Lotus had the fastest car today.

  8. rambler said on 7th July 2013, 16:38

    Alonso’s car just died after crossing the finish line… Didn’t seem like the usual turning it off and parking… Out of fuel perhaps? Should be interesting

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 7th July 2013, 17:20

      probably making sure he passes the minimum weight, not totally out of fuel, just turned off

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 7th July 2013, 17:49

      How could it be without fuel given the safety car period? He would have had to been seriously underfuelled.

      • Tariq Patel (@mdtariqp) said on 7th July 2013, 18:02

        Maybe it was down down to the blistering laps he put in initially when he took on the softs.
        I did not expect Alonso to put on the softs till lap 52. But even then he should not have run out of fuel.

      • rambler said on 7th July 2013, 21:19

        They always are. If running maximum power all the race is the goal at least. Which he most likely tried as much as possible. 10 KG is 3-4 tenths a lap usually and being that much lighter early in the race can make the ending of your race a lot easier. They always underfuel.

  9. obviously said on 7th July 2013, 19:41

    Massa is just horrible. He keeps saying how something, seemingly, out of his control cost him a strong result when it messes up his race, but each time he is given a chance, he screws up his own race anyway.
    There was also only one race this year so far where he took points off Vettel.

  10. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 7th July 2013, 21:55

    Vettel win… Yawn lol

  11. David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 8th July 2013, 3:12

    I was hoping Grosjean could win the race and I was pretty upset that Lotus asked him to move over for Raikkonen. Then again, Raikkonen is well ahead in the WDC standings and he did have the pace to challenge Vettel in the closing stages unlike Grosjean so I suppose it’s fair enough. Still, were it not for that safety car I think Grosjean could have actually challenged for his first race win.

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