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German Grand Prix: Vettel wins at home

Sebastian Vettel claimed his first home win in F1 after resisting a late charge from Kimi Raikkonen at the Nurburgring.
Sebastian Vettel took his first victory in the German Grand Prix after coming out on top in a battle directed by tyre strategy.

Having made a better getaway than poleman Lewis Hamilton, the two Red Bulls set the early pace, as it became clear that Lotus would be their biggest threat, the Enstone team able to make its tyres last longer than almost anyone else.

Romain Grosjean looked particularly feisty, keeping Vettel within DRS distance but never quite being able to catch and pass the German. When the Lotus pitted from second place on lap 40, Red Bull responded, but with one eye on the chasing Kimi Raikkonen, who retained a shot at victory until it became obvious that he would not be able to run to the end on his second set of medium Pirellis.

The Finn fitted the soft option tyre for a ten-lap sprint to the end but, having seen Vettel retake the lead during his stop, was only able to close in in second place by the flag, having just failed to get DRS assistance on the final lap.

Having allowed his team-mate through in pursuit of Vettel, Grosjean fell into the clutches of Fernando Alonso, who also made the stop for softs in the final stages, but managed to hold onto third place, while Alonso came home fourth ahead of Hamilton, who passed Jenson Button on the final lap to round out the top five.

Mark Webber's bid for another Nurburgring victory disappeared at the first round of pit-stops, when he was allowed to leave his stall without the right-rear being properly attached. The errant wheel went on to hit an FOM cameraman who, fortunately, escaped without serious injury. Webber came back from falling a lap behind to claim seventh place.

Full race report now available.

Full race result also now available.






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05.07.2013- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
07.07.2013-  Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 race winner
07.07.2013-  Race, 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, 3rd position Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 race winner, 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 and 3rd position Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, Fans
07.07.2013-  Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
07.07.2013-  Race, The Safety car on the track
07.07.2013-  Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 race winner

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107SS2009

July 07, 2013 3:26 PM

Those were not the only team orders during the race. Lap 12, Lulu to pit “complaining of Rosberg holding him up” he is not in the same race. Pit to Rosberg, Nico you are on a different strategy to Lulu, don’t hold him up.



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