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Germany analysis - Vettel and Red Bull will not be denied 08 Jul 2013

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates with Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal, Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer and the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 (L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrate on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 on the podium finished third.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari retires from the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Engineers work on the car of Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber C32 battle.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM06 is pushed onto the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35 is challenged by Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Giedo van der Garde (NDL) Caterham CT03 leads Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 suffers an engine blow up.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013

Sebastian Vettel had never won his home Grand Prix. He had also never won a race in the month of July. On Sunday at the Nurburgring, the world champion changed all that as he soaked up the pressure from the man tipped as his 2014 team mate, Kimi Raikkonen. Victory was Red Bull’s, but it was a good day for Lotus, whose improved race pace meant Romain Grosjean joined Raikkonen on the podium, as Silverstone winners Mercedes faded in the German heat. We take a team-by-team look back at a thrilling afternoon in the Eifel mountains…

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P1
Mark Webber, P7

Vettel owned the race from the moment he outdragged Hamilton from the grid. But he won it the hard way. Both Lotus drivers had the potential to beat him, and so did some mid-race problems with his KERS which righted itself after a reboot. He held his nerve throughout, however, and never put a wheel wrong as he raced to the 30th victory of his career and extended his world championship lead. Webber too beat Hamilton off the line, but the right-rear wheel wasn’t secured properly in his pit stop on lap nine, and as it bounded off it struck an FOM cameraman who suffered a broken collarbone and cracked ribs. Webber got going a lap down, made that up under the safety car, and grabbed seventh from Perez on the penultimate lap, to bring Red Bull’s points hail to 31.

Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen, P2
Romain Grosjean, P3

Lotus looked massively threatening for most of the race, especially after the safety car had gone in on the 29th lap. First it was Grosjean, who closed to within half a second of Vettel’s Red Bull. Then Raikkonen later on, after the Frenchman had let him by on the 55th lap, who used a clever strategy of running soft tyres for his final stint. He too closed down the Red Bull, but really he needed one of two more laps than he had. Later he explained that, but for a problem with his radio, he might have argued to stay out and not do the third stop. Nevertheless, a 33-point haul for the team made it a great afternoon’s work by both drivers.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, P4
Felipe Massa, Retired lap 4, spin

Ferrari’s gamble on starting Alonso on worn mediums worked to an extent, though he had to pit after 12 laps for replacements. With his usual hard drive he worked up to fourth, and started to hound Grosjean for third in the final stages. A switch to softs on the 53rd lap should have helped that endeavour, but after getting the gap below a second he eventually fell back to finish 3.2s adrift. Massa was eliminated in a very odd spin going down to Turn 1 on the fourth lap.

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton, P5
Nico Rosberg, P9

Mercedes’ hopes went up in wheelspin smoke as Hamilton was beaten off the line by Vettel and Webber. He knew immediately that he lacked their pace, but such were his tyre degradation issues that he couldn’t stay with the Lotuses or Alonso’s Ferrari, either. He also lost time trapped behind Hulkenberg for the best part of 37 laps, so fifth was the best he could do. Rosberg’s qualifying nightmare continued into the race, where he had to be satisfied with ninth.

McLaren
Jenson Button, P6
Sergio Perez, P8

McLaren looked more like their old selves as Button started on mediums and Perez softs. Both were in the fight for points throughout, and raced hard together at times. Button ran 21 laps on his first set of mediums, which set him up to run fifth in the closing stages until a combination of the duelling Caterhams in front of him, and the charging Hamilton behind, saw him drop a place. Perez followed him until the penultimate lap, when Webber pushed him down to eighth. Not great points, but points nonetheless at a time when McLaren need all they can get.

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg, P10
Esteban Gutierrez, P14

Sauber had hopes of a higher finishing position than 10th, but though he drove the wheels off his C32 Hulkenberg couldn’t improve on that. Gutierrez was in the thick of things for a while, but had to be satisfied with 14th.

Force India
Paul di Resta, P11
Adrian Sutil, P13

For once, Force India lacked pace. Di Resta made it through on a two-stop strategy but lost the final point to Hulkenberg on the penultimate lap. Sutil pushed too hard on his tyres, and had to convert to a three-stop strategy.

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, P12
Jean-Eric Vergne, Retired lap 23, hydraulics

Toro Rosso’s hopes evaporated early on when Ricciardo found his STR8 unhappy in race trim. Vergne struggled as he had all through the weekend, and was an early retirement with hydraulic problems.

Williams
Pastor Maldonado, P15
Valtteri Bottas, P16

Though they took only 15th and 16th places the Williamses were closer to the midfield group and Maldonado was in the fight for points. Bottas shadowed him, until a delay in a pit stop when the right-front wheel proved problematic to remove.

Caterham
Charles Pic, P17
Giedo van der Garde, P18

Pic and Van der Garde had a race-long fight. The former started from the back after taking a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, and flat spotted a tyre early on before later fighting back despite a slow puncture. The latter, who finished five seconds adrift after the 60 laps, said he was happy with the personal progress he’d made on tyre management.

Marussia
Max Chilton, P19
Jules Bianchi, Retired lap 22, engine

Chilton was Marussia’s only finisher after Bianchi’s engine let go on the 22nd lap. The Frenchman abandoned his machine, and two laps later it began to roll backwards down the slope from the NGK chicane and across the track. The safety car was deployed for six laps while it was rounded up.

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