German Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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German Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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After another amazing Formula One race this Sunday, it was Team Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel who took the checkered flag and won the 2013 German Grand Prix from the world-famous Nuerburgring track in Germany.

The German native finally won a race on his tome track and has stretched his championship lead with this momentous win. This was the 26-year-old’s 30th career victory.

Team Lotus had another great showing as Kimi Raikkonen managed to finish second and teammate Romain Grosjean finished a respectable third. Fernando Alonso finished fourth and Lewis Hamilton managed to finish fifth.

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Every victory in Formula One is a huge achievement, but walking away from a race as prestigious as the German Grand Prix at Nuerburgring for the native Vettel made this finish even more special.

 

Full German Grand Prix 2013 Results

Pos Driver Car # Team Started
1 Sebastian Vettel 1 Red Bull 2
2 Kimi Raikkonen 7 Lotus 4
3 Romain Grosjean 8 Lotus 5
4 Fernando Alonso 3 Ferrari 8
5 Lewis Hamilton 10 Mercedes 1
6 Jenson Button 5 McLaren 9
7 Mark Webber 2 Red Bull 3
8 Sergio Perez 6 McLaren 13
9 Nico Rosberg 9 Mercedes 11
10 Nico Hulkenberg 11 Sauber 10
11 Paul di Resta 14 Force India 12
12 Daniel Ricciardo 19 Toro Rosso 6
13 Adrian Sutil 15 Force India 15
14 Esteban Gutierrez 12 Sauber 14
15 Pastor Maldonado 16 Williams 18
16 Valtteri Bottas 17 Williams 17
17 Charles Pic 20 Caterham 22
18 Giedo van der Garde 21 Caterham 20
19 Max Chilton 23 Marussia 21
20 Jean-Eric Vergne 18 Toro Rosso 16
21 Jules Bianchi 22 Marussia 19
22 Felipe Massa 4 Ferrari 7

Finishing order via NBC Sports.

 

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While Mercedes' star Hamilton was able to win the pole at his manufacturers’ home track, per Andrew Benson of the BBC, the British driver was shuffled back almost immediately when Team Red Bull teammates Vettel and Mark Webber made the move to the front.

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Vettel came into the race with the overall Formula One points lead, and his fearlessness from Lap 1 proves why he is the best in the sport right now. As well as the German has performed, his teammate Webber has suffered this season.

While fighting for a spot at the front and having the car to contend for a victory, Webber was brought into the pits and released before the right rear tire was fastened. This error caused the tire to come loose and hit a cameraman, sending the Team Red Bull star back to the pit and down a lap.

Considring how well Vettel was racing, it was clear that the Lotus teammates of Grosjean and Raikkonen were the cars that had the best chance of dethroning the three-time champion.

Just as Grosjean was making up serious ground on Vettel, the safety car was brought out when Jules Bianchi’s Marussia car blew up. Not only did the car catch on fire, but once Bianchi was away and safe, the car rolled back onto the track without its driver.

After coming back to the green flag, it was clear that the laps under caution had calmed the pace of the action on track. The drivers began to fight hard once again after a few laps to feel the tires out, and the German event once again heated up.

Then-leader Vettel came into the pits for his last stop and handed the lead to Raikkonen, who stretched the lead to over 15 seconds.

Vettel once again gained the lead after the final round of stops, however, and while Grosjean grabbed second place, he gave up the spot to his teammate who was running on fresher tires and contending for a championship title.

 

2013 F1 Championship Standings

Rank Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Laps Laps Led
1 Sebastian Vettel 157 - 9 4 8 8 1 542 230
2 Fernando Alonso 123 34 9 2 6 8 1 498 85
3 Kimi Raikkonen 116 41 9 1 6 9 0 552 41
4 Lewis Hamilton 99 58 9 0 8 8 0 552 18
5 Mark Webber 93 64 9 0 5 8 1 512 34
6 Nico Rosberg 84 73 9 2 4 7 2 486 104
7 Felipe Massa 57 100 9 0 3 6 2 445 4
8 Romain Grosjean 41 116 9 0 2 5 3 478 5
9 Paul di Resta 36 121 9 0 1 7 1 518 3
10 Jenson Button 33 124 9 0 1 6 1 549 8
11 Adrian Sutil 23 134 9 0 1 4 2 471 11
12 Sergio Perez 16 141 9 0 0 4 2 540 0
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 13 144 9 0 0 3 4 442 0
14 Daniel Ricciardo 11 146 9 0 0 3 3 508 0
15 Nico Hulkenberg 7 150 9 0 0 4 2 469 8
16 Pastor Maldonado 0 157 9 0 0 0 3 471 0
17 Valtteri Bottas 0 157 9 0 0 0 0 549 0
18 Esteban Gutierrez 0 157 9 0 0 0 2 490 2
19 Jules Bianchi 0 157 9 0 0 0 2 486 0
20 Charles Pic 0 157 9 0 0 0 1 472 0
21 Max Chilton 0 157 9 0 0 0 0 541 0
22 Giedo van der Garde 0 157 9 0 0 0 2 474 0

Standings via NBC Sports.

 

The next challenge on tap for the Formula One drivers will be July 28’s Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring track. The race will be televised on NBC Sports Network in the United States starting at 8 a.m., and the defending champion for the race is Lewis Hamilton.

 

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