Sebastian Vetel wins the 2013 German Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 8, 2013

Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing captured the German Grand Prix crown following a close Formula One race on July 7, 2013. He won the contest by merely a second ahead of closest pursuer Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus F1 Team. At third is Raikkonen's teammate Romain Grosjean. Both Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Lotus F1 Team are powered by engines by Renault, giving the French company a clean sweep of the podium at the German Grand Prix.

This is the second time this season that Renault managed to sweep all podium finishes in one contest, the first was at the Bahrain Grand Prix in April 2013. Vettel immediately took the lead at the start of the race with teammate Mark Webber at second. Infiniti Red Bull Racing's drivers managed to build a lead over Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes until first round of pit stops.

Webber, however, lost a wheel in the pits, which caused an accident. The incident had Webber dropped to the tail end of the grid, one lap down. Webber, however, was able to regain the lap under the safety car period caused by Jules Bianchi’s stoppage. He then managed to slowly regain lost position and finished the race at seventh overall. Vettel, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Fernando Alonso were just within seconds of each other in the first two periods, with the third round of pits stops seen as the most crucial factor in determining the race winner. Grosjean pitted first and Vettel followed a lap later. Raikkonen did not pit until 10 laps later, thus giving him fresher option tires to boost his final drive to finish.

Raikonnen passed Grosjean five laps from the end, and started to pursue the now-leading Vettel. Vettel, however, managed to keep Raikkonen off bay en route to winning his fourth Grand Prix of the year. Grosjean had to battle out Alonso in the closing laps to finish third. Williams F1 Team's Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were giving a fight but delays in both of their pit stops held them down the order, eventually finishing in 15th and 16th respectively. With the win, Vettel now has 157 points to extend his championship lead over Alonso (123) and Raikkonen (116). [source: Renault]

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