Sebastian Vettel has finally won his home Grand Prix in Germany after a battle close battle with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkanen and team-mate Romain Grosjean on Sunday.
“I am happy the race was 60 laps and not 61 or 62, the Lotus were incredibly fast and pushing very hard and Kimi was putting a lot of pressure on me at the end,” Vettel said.
Vettel’s first home soil win and 30th career victory him puts him 36 points clear of his nearest rival, Ferrari;s Fernando Alsonso in the drivers’ championship.
The 26-year-old has become the first German to win a German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in the history of the Formula One world championship.
“It’s incredible to win at home, a great relief. It’s sweet to win here but at the end it’s just another race. I’m happy to take (the) win and score some points,” Vettel said.
Alonso came in fourth ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button of McLaren. Despite losing his tyre in another pit stop failure, Mark Webber in the Red Bull placed seventh with the help of the deployment of the safety car.
Sergio Perez finished eighth for McLaren ahead of Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes and Nico Hulkenberg of Sauber.