Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said it is very special to have finally won his home grand prix, although he conceded that it could well have been a different story had the race at the Nurburgring been one or two laps longer.
Vettel took the lead of the German Grand Prix at the start but as the race developed he was unable to shake off the Lotus' of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen, with both putting him under pressure at different stages of the afternoon.
Vettel, however, held on and despite having Kimi snapping at his heels over the final few laps, came through to take the honours – albeit by just 1 second.
“It was a tough race; it was one of the toughest for a long time,” Vettel said the finish. “I'm happy the race wasn't two or three laps longer, as Kimi was a bit quicker towards the end. I'm very happy that it worked out and it's very special. The team worked really hard to give me the chance to win this weekend and we got it.”
It was Vettel's 30th F1 career win and his fourth triumph of the season, a result that increase his lead in the Drivers' Championship from 21 points to 34.
Pressed on what it meant to take the victory in front of his home fans, Vettel added: “First of all you have to remember that it's a privilege to have the opportunity to race in your home country; we have around 20 races, but there are obviously more than 20 countries, so it's special to race at home and get so much support.”
“I had a good start and then just focused on every single lap during the race. You don't really think about where you are while you are racing, you can't allow your mind to drift, but when the flag came out and the race was over I really let myself enjoy the parade lap and saw a lot of people in the grandstands cheering and waving flags. These pictures will remain in my head for a long, long time,” he concluded.
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner meanwhile was delighted to see his driver finally break duck in Germany - and in July.
“For any driver to win their home grand prix is something tremendously special and after the disappointment of missing out on the victory a week ago in Silverstone, Sebastian drove faultlessly today and can be very proud of what he's achieved in his home grand prix in front of the home fans. It's a huge result for him and very positive for the Championship,” Horner chipped in.