Vettl finally managed to win at home

Author of the article: , published July 7, 2013.

Sebastian Vettel successfully defended the pressures of Lotus racers at the German Grand Prix and secured his first victory on home soil. Red Bull racer overtook Kimi Raikkonen by a hair, and Romain Grosjean was third.

Lewis Hamilton started the sice race from the best starting position, but fell asleep with the lights off and allowed Red Bull racers Sebastian Vettl and Mark Webber to overtake him until the first corner. Felipe Massa also advanced, breaking through to sixth place, and all the effort floated on the water in the seventh lap when the Ferrari racer lost control of the car in the first corner and had to resign.

During the first stops, a bizarre accident happened in the pits. Mark Webber drove away from the tire changer, despite the fact that the rear right wheel had not yet been tightened. The bike came off and rolled off the pits, hitting the cameraman, who was taken to hospital. The Red Bull racer stopped the car and the mechanics dragged him back to his garage, from where the Australian was able to return to the race.

The first six racers, who started the race on a softer mix of tires, soon decided to switch to a harder mix, only Romain Grosjean became a serious candidate to win with a thirteen-lap series. After his stop, the Frenchman drove onto the track behind Vettl. They were followed by Raikkonen in third place, and the race was then interrupted by another bizarre accident. Jules Bianchi had to park his Marussia by the track as his engine blew up. The Frenchman left the car, which then drove down the hill and across the track, causing the racers to be restrained by a safety car. The teams responded to him with new stops in the pits, but Vettel did not let go of the lead. After the restart, he tried to escape, but Grosjean and Raikkonen set out to hunt down the Red Bull. At the last stops, Vettel and Grosjean put on another set of harder tires, while Raikkonen stayed on the track a bit longer and tried a shorter rear end on softer tires.

The Finn managed to overtake teammate Grosjean five laps before the end, and Iceman then started to close the gap with Vettl with a series of the best laps. But the Lotus racer ran out of laps and Vettel celebrated his first victory in front of the home crowd, and Raikkonen had to settle for second place.

Grosjeana was frightened by Fernando Alonso at the end of the race, but the Frenchman still remained third, and Hamilton fell to fifth place after tire problems. Jenson Button was sixth, and Mark Webber took advantage of the safety car and made his way to seventh place. He was followed by Sergio Perez, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg in tenth place.

Vettel now leads the overall standings with 34 points ahead of Fernando Alonso and six more ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.


  Racer Team Hour


Sebastian Vettel Red Bull



Kimi Räikkönen Lotus



Romain Grosjean Lotus



Fernando Alonso Ferrari



Lewis Hamilton Mercedes



Jenson Button McLaren



Mark Webber Red Bull



Sergio Perez McLaren



Nico Rosberg Mercedes



Nico Hulkenberg Clean



Paul di Resta Force India



Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso



Adrian Sutil Force India



Esteban Gutierrez Clean

+ 1: 00.160


Pastor Maldonado Williams

+ 1: 01.929


Valtteri Bottas Williams

+1 Circle


Charles Pic Caterham

+1 Circle


Giedo van der Garde Caterham

+1 Circle


Max Chilton Marussia

+1 Circle



Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso

+38 Laps


Jules Bianchi Marussia

+39 Laps


Felipe Massa Ferrari

+57 Laps


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