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German Grand Prix: Vettel breaks jinx to win Germany in July

Sebastian Vettel hangs on to claim his fourth F1 win of 2013 under pressure from Lotus at the Nurburgring.
Sebastian Vettel found the perfect way to respond to the disappointment of losing victory in the closing stages at Silverstone, winning his home race for the first time.

The German appeared to have the British Grand Prix in the bag when his car ground to a halt with transmission problems just eleven laps from home, and victory at the Nurburgring didn't come without its own headaches, but the three-time world champion was not only able to scratch another race and venue from his 'to do' list, but also ended the hoodoo that had previously prevented him from winning in the month of July.

Vettel's ambitions received a major boost as the lights went out, resisting a squeeze from polesitter Lewis Hamilton and a brave move from an equally fast-starting Mark Webber to emerge from turn one in front. From there, he was able to retain the advantage, but not for the want of trying, particularly from the Lotus team.

With both Red Bulls having got ahead of Hamilton, Webber was Vettel's initial challenger, the Australian clearly enjoying the feel of his RB9 around one of his favourite circuits. The threat was removed, however, with only eight laps on the board when Webber, who had briefly inherited the lead when Vettel made his first pit-stop, had his switch from soft to medium Pirellis go horribly wrong.

While RBR turned Vettel around in the fastest time to that point, Webber was signalled to leave even as the mechanics struggled to fit his right-rear wheel. Notwithstanding the potential for injury to his crew, the Australian would have seen his errant wheel overtake him, before striking an FOM cameraman standing, oblivious to the drama, further down pit-lane….

Webber's pit-stop had promoted Romain Grosjean to the lead, and the Frenchman did what he could to stretch the gap back to Vettel as he pushed his soft Pirellis to lap 13 – fully six more than the world champion. Despite setting a rapid pace, Grosjean's efforts proved to be in vain as he rejoined in third, with Jenson Button – who went as far as anyone on his first stint having started on the mediums – between the pacesetters.

Grosjean made short work of the McLaren and, once again, began eating into Vettel's advantage. His cause was aided by a bizarre incident on lap 23 when Jules Bianchi's abandoned Marussia – which had been sidelined by a spectacular engine failure – began rolling back down the hill leading to the chicane. Fortunately, as with the incident involving the cameraman, there were no serious human cost, but the safety car was scrambled to effect a second rescue attempt, allowing the leaders to make a free pit-stop under caution.

Although Vettel then got the jump at the lap 30 restart, both Grosjean and the chasing Kimi Raikkonen were able to match the German's lap times, and gradually began to edge closer, although neither was able to make the subsequent DRS assistance work in their favour. Despite optimistic suggestions that Grosjean may try to run to the end on his third set of tyres, he pitted on lap 40 – still 20 laps shy of his target – and fitted another set of the mediums in a bid to out-last his rival – only for Red Bull to pit Vettel next time around.

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07.07.2013-  Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
05.07.2013- Free Practice 2, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
05.07.2013- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
07.07.2013-  Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 Luiz Razia (BRA), Marussia F1 TEAM MR02 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
06.07.2013- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
07.07.2013-  Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 race winner
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 race winner
25.06.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 race winner
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13

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July 07, 2013 5:58 PM

another win for vettel. extended his championship lead despite not really being the quickest from yesterday morning. broke the no wins in july and germany hoodoo in a single victory. it may take some hoodoo for anyone to stop him maintaining the records of schumacher and fangio winning a fourth title after a previous three on the bounce


July 08, 2013 12:36 AM

Tire nonsense this, tire nonsense that. Vettel and Red Bull used the same tires as everyone else, but they made them work the best. A well deserved victory, nursing the Red Bull home Sebastian. VOLLGAS SEBASTIAN !!!!!!!!!!

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