F1 2013 German Grand Prix result: Hamilton fifth as Vettel wins
PUBLISHED: 14:51 07 July 2013 | UPDATED: 20:52 07 July 2013
FORMULA 1 racer Lewis Hamilton finished fifth as Sebastian Vettel won a strategic 2013 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
2013 German Grand Prix result
1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
3 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
4 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
5 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
6 Jenson Button (McLaren)
7 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
8 Sergio Perez (McLaren)
9 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber)
Red Bull driver Vettel stole the lead off the start line, and eventually took the chequered flag just one second ahead of fast-finishing Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen following a tactical race.
Despite losing KERS for part of the race, Vettel kept his cool under pressure from Raikkonen to win his home grand prix.
Romain Grosjean made it a good day for Lotus in Germany by claiming the final step on the podium ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferarri in fourth.
Hertfordshire-born Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 star Hamilton, who started on pole position, finished fifth, overtaking the McLaren cars of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez in the closing laps.
Lewis claimed P5 with a passing move on Button in the first sector of the final lap of the race. Button, on a two-stopper, finished sixth.
Hamilton said: “That was really a tough race out there for us today. I didn’t have a great start and the Red Bulls were much quicker off the line, dropping me back to third.
“We really struggled with the second set of tyres which then compromised the rest of my race.”
Mark Webber split the McLaren men in seventh place after clawing his way through the field from the back of the pack after a disastrous early pitstop.
Pole-sitter Hamilton made a bad start, behind overtaken on the inside on the run down to the first corner by front-row colleague Vettel.
Vettel’s Red Bull colleague Mark Webber also passed Hamilton on the outside at the first turn, and the Mercedes driver found himself down in third place at the end of the first lap, with Kimi Raikkonen in hot pursuit in fourth.
There was drama for Hamilton before the race even started, with a fuel pump problem that needed fixing, and then mechanics having to try and cool down his ‘smoking’ front-right brake on the grid.
Having lost the lead to both Red Bulls, Hamilton made his first stop for tyres after six laps, switching to the medium compound tyre after starting on the softer options.
FIA 2013 F1 World Drivers’ Championship
After German Grand Prix:
1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 157pts
2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 123
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 116
4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 99
5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 93
6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 84
7 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 57
8 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 41
9 Paul Di Resta (Force India) 36
10 Jenson Button (McLaren) 33
With Hamilton pitting first of the front-runners, Red Bull followed suit on the next lap, with Vettel and Webber coming in for fresh tyres.
However, Webber was released from the pits before his rear right had been fitted properly and a loose wheel rolled down the pitlane and hit a camerman, who needed medical attention.
Hamilton, running seventh, was later held up for a number of laps by Silver Arrows teammate Nico Rosberg, allowing Raikkonen’s Lotus to close right up.
Having lost vital seconds, 2008 F1 world champion Hamilton eventually passed Rosberg for fifth place, with Vettel now leading the race from the Lotus of Romain Grosjean ahead of Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg, the McLaren and Sauber drivers still on their first set of tyres.
However, with temperatures soaring on track and tyre grip once again becoming an issue for Mercedes, Hamilton was unable to prevent Raikkonen scorching passed him to claim fourth place.
The Mercedes driver then found himself under intense pressure from Fernando Alonso, with the Ferrari swarming all over the back of Hamilton’s car.
Hamilton eventually switched to a three-stop strategy and came in for another set of mediums after 22 laps, relegating him down to eighth behind Hulkenberg.
The safety car was deployed a few laps later when Jules Bianchi suffered an engine blowout and fire. He jumped out of his Marussia, which then started freewheeling across the track, before hitting an advertising board.
2013 Team Standings
After 2013 German Grand Prix
1 Red Bull 250pts
2 Mercedes 183
3 Ferrari 180
4 Lotus 157
5 Force India 59
6 McLaren 49
Vettel took advantage of the safety car period to nip into the pits for a fresh set of tyres, with Hamilton down in seventh, while Webber was able to unlap himself. The Aussie managed to climb into the points after that.
The race restarted on lap 30 of 60, with race leader Vettel pulling away from Frenchman Grosjean, who locked up.
Hulkenberg kept Hamilton at bay for a while before the Hertfordshire-born racer was finally released when the Sauber came into the pitlane.
At the front, Vettel was unable to pull away from Grosjean’s Lotus on a slow-burner of a grand prix.
The Red Bull driver just managed to exit the pits ahead of the Frenchman following his final stop, with flying Finn Raikkonen now leading the race with 16 laps to go.
Hamilton held up Vettel for a while after the German’s stop, before the reigning world champion, and then Grosjean, overtook the Mercedes man, who entered the pits for another set of tyres.
On fresh rubber, Hamilton passed Rosberg with ease to move into the top 10 again and similarly cruised ahead of Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta.
After making his final stop, Raikkonen was let through by French teammate Grosjean and the Finnish Iceman hunted down race leader Vettel.
In the closing laps Hamilton also climbed into the top five, ahead of both McLarens, as world championship leader Vettel just held off Raikkonen to win in Germany for the first time.
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