german grand prix 2013

Vettel finally wins his home GP

Sebastian Vettel finally wins his home grand prix in Nurburgring, Germany after overtaking Lewis Hamilton at the race start.

Hamilton had a poor start and was quickly overtaken by both Red Bulls. He was later stuck behind team mate, Nico Rosberg, who was struggling down in 12th place but was told by his team to let Hamilton through as they were on different race strategies. After a tough race struggling with tyres and race pace, Hamilton managed to savour some points by finishing 5th. Rosberg also struggled, only finishing 9th.

The two Lotus’ were surprisingly on fire this weekend as Romain Grosjean was chasing closely behind Vettel until Kimi Raikkonen was in 3rd and Lotus team boss told Grosjean to allow Raikkonen through as he is in the fight for the drivers’ championship. Raikkonen was close to catching Vettel but with only a few laps left, the Finn only had one small opportunity in the DRS zone and failed, meaning he finished 2nd and Grosjean 3rd.

Fernando Alonso was only 0.7 seconds behind Grosjean in the final lap but slowed down after passing the chequered flag and stopped his car before being able to provide a fuel sample for the stewards. Felipe Massa did not finish after he spun off the track. 

There was drama in the pits when Red Bull pitted Mark Webber and right rear tyre failed to go on securely. Webber was released but the tyre flew off and hit an unsuspecting cameraman. He was taken to hospital and has been given the OK. Webber was in the window to coming out the pits in front of his team mate but the bad pit stop set him back to being a lap behind Max Chilton who was running last. However, the Australian made a good recovery by taking 7th.

Jenson Button had a fairly good race by coming 6th with Sergio Perez also scoring points in 8th which is unusual for McLaren this year. Nico Hulkenberg rounded off the top 10 taking the last point.

Paul Di Resta, Adrian Sutil and Daniel Ricciardo all failed to make it into the points which was especially a shame for Ricciardo who qualified 6th and is trying to impress his potential future boss over at Red Bull.

The other two retirements of the German GP was Jean-Eric Vergne and Jules Bianchi.