• Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, front left, leads at the start in front of Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia, right, and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, center, during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, leads at the start in front of Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia, right, and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, center, during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • NUERBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing lead the field into the first corner at the start of the German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • NUERBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing lead the field into the first corner at the start of the German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads at the first curve in front of Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, from left, during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • NUERBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner at the start of the German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • (R to L) Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg, Force India's German driver Adrian Sutil and Force India's Scottish driver Paul di Resta compete on the Nurburgring race track during the German Formula One Grand Prix on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (R) and other drivers compete on the Nurburgring race track during the German Formula One Grand Prix on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • NUERBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Sebastian Vettel (top) of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Lewis Hamilton (middle) of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Mark Webber (bottom) of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drive side by side into the first corner at the start of the German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • NUERBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
  • NUERBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel competes on the Nurburgring race track during the German Formula One Grand Prix on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean competes on the Nurburgring race track during the German Formula One Grand Prix on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (front) stops in his car on the Nurburgring circuit during the German Formula One Grand Prix race on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa slides off the track at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil leaves the car after failing to complete the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa walks over the gravel bed after a defect on his car on the Nurburgring circuit during the German Formula One Grand Prix race on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa's car is hoisted onto a truck after crashing at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber loses a tyre as he leaves the pits at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / SRDJAN SUKISRDJAN SUKI/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber loses a tyre as he leaves the pits at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / SRDJAN SUKISRDJAN SUKI/AFP/Getty Images
  • A Redbull team member carries a wheel as medics and F1 team members assist a cameraman injured after Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber lost a tyre leaving the pits at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / SRDJAN SUKISRDJAN SUKI/AFP/Getty Images
  • A Redbull team members push Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber car after he lost a tyre leaving the pits at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / SRDJAN SUKISRDJAN SUKI/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mechanics change tires on the car of Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber in the pits at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / SRDJAN SUKISRDJAN SUKI/AFP/Getty Images
  • Medics and F1 team members assist a cameraman injured after Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber lost a tyre leaving the pits at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / SRDJAN SUKISRDJAN SUKI/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEX KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEX KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEX KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEX KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEX KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEX KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Caterham F1 Team's Dutch driver Guido Van Der Garde, Caterham F1 Team's French driver Charles Pic, Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber and Marussia F1 Team's British driver Max Chilton drive at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEX KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber and Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Force India's German driver Adrian Sutil and Force India's Scottish driver Paul di Resta drive at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • The car of French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi of Marussia catches fire during the German Formula One Grand Prix race at the Nuerburgring circuit on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / DPA / THOMAS FREY / GERMANY OUTTHOMAS FREY/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso (L) Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean and Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen follow the safety car at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton, Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean and Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drive at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg and Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drive at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel and Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Scuderia Toro Rosso's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo and Force India's Scottish driver Paul di Resta drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Mercedes' Mexican driver Sergio Perez and William's Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado drive at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button drives at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean take the first corner at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg during the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEX KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, from left, steer their cars during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil leaves his car after failing to complete during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car in front of Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Formula One drivers steer their cars during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland races to finish second during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. .The Formula one race will be held on Sunday.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain races during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico steers his car during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car in front of Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Vettel won the race ahead of Lotus drivers Raikkonen and Grosjean. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, leads team mate Nico Rosberg of Germany during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads team mate Mark Webber of Australia during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car in front of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the race after the start during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Raikkonen finished second behind Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, steers his car in front of Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Vettel won the race ahead of Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Romain Grosjean of France. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean of France, in front, and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steer their cars during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Raikkonen finished on the second and Grosjean on the third place. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car in front of Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Vettel won the race ahead of Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Romain Grosjean of France. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. In background is second place Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg after the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany jumps in joy after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, left, finished second, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France, right, finished on the third place. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (L) Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel (C) and Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean celebrate on the podium at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nuerburg after the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, third left, holds the trophy after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, second left, finished second and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France, third right, finished on the third place. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany lifts the trophy after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany kisses the trophy after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel (C) celebrates winning on the podium beside (L to R) Redbull mechanic Joe Robinson, Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean at the Nurburgring race track on July 7, 2013 in Nurburg after the German Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Just like at Silverstone last weekend, the German Formula One Grand Prix started with Lewis Hamilton putting his Mercedes-AMG Petronas on pole. The only thing missing at the pointy end of the grid was his teammate Nico Rosberg, who lined up beside him in England but back in 11th in Germany because of a team error in qualifying. So instead it was Vettel in the first Infiniti Red Bull in second, his teammate Mark Webber in third, the Lotus duo of Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean.

Again, just like at Silverstone – and Canada – Daniel Ricciardo used his magic beans to impress with the Toro Rosso, lining up in sixth, followed by Felipe Massa in the first Ferrari, Fernando Alonso in the second. Jenson Button in the McLaren, Nico Hülkenberg finished up the top ten.

When the lights went green, it didn't take long for the race to become a black-and-blue affair...


Hamilton got swamped by both Infiniti Red Bulls before the first corner, and from that point he was primarily racing his tires. Either the new construction or the track layout took the Mercedes back to the days before its Barcelona test, Hamilton getting on the radio to tell his team things like "These tires are not holding together very well" and "These guys are on different tires to me" when he couldn't keep up with the leaders.



And for a brief moment he had to race his teammate, when after the first round of pit stops Rosberg wouldn't let him by for two laps even though he was clearly faster. Hamilton and Rosberg are friends off the track, but that didn't stop Hamilton from radioing, "Nico is not in the same race." Hamilton would finish in fifth, one position behind his finish at Silverstone. Rosberg would climb two places to finish ninth, getting both Mercedes' in the points but taking a bit of burnish off the Silver Arrows. After the race, Hamilton would say about the new tires, "We just have to keep pushing forward and pray and hope that when [Pirelli brings] the new batch of tires they work on our car."



Webber, who got a great start and was in second place before the first round of pit stops, must have felt good about his chances for the win as he kept himself within a second of Vettel. However, the nest of vipers that continues to poison all of his good fortune bit again on his first pit stop when his right rear tire wasn't affixed properly. As soon as he pulled off the tire flew off the car, bouncing into a cameraman who was sent to the hospital with a fractured collarbone and cracked ribs. Webber's car was rolled back to its box and a new wheel put on, but he was a lap down when he rejoined. He would unlap himself later on and finish seventh.



Even with all that his race didn't go as poorly as Massa's. The second Ferrari driver spun out of the race on Lap 3, citing his own error.

After the first stops the race was the fizzy drink against the flower, as Grosjean put the heat on Vettel and his teammate Räikkönen with some terrific pace. Grosjean had said he was faster than Räikkönen during the first stint and proved it with fastest laps even while he made his soft tires last almost twice as long as anyone else. Grosjean was chasing down Vettel and Räikkönen, who'd got around Hamilton on Lap 18 to take third place, was about a dozen seconds back but waiting for either one of them to make a mistake.



It was actually Jules Bianchi in the Marussia who blinked first. The Cosworth in the back of the Russian car blew up into a fireball on the back straight on Lap 25. Bianchi jumped out without having put the car in gear and it rolled backward across the track. That brought out the Safety Car for five laps, bunching the front three up and allowing Webber to get back on the lead lap.

With half the race to run the Safety Car peeled off and Grosjean was back at it with Vettel, getting to within a second of the Infiniti Red Bull but unable to pass even though Vettel had a KERS problem. Including Alonso, who'd come up to fourth place by then, the first four runners were only 2.6 seconds apart. Lotus then changed strategy, bringing Grosjean in early for another set of medium tires on Lap 41 with 19 laps to run. Red Bull brought Vettel in on the next lap, and that put Räikkönen in the lead.



On Lap 47 Räikkönen was still 15 seconds ahead of a charging Vettel but losing about a second a lap, and it wasn't clear if he was going to stay out. Remember, last weekend the Finn was left to run on old tires and lost a certain second place to finish fifth. This time it would be different, Lotus bringing him in for a set of soft tires on Lap 50, with just ten laps to run. On Lap 51 he was four second behind first-placed Vettel, on a set of sticky tires that were ten laps newer than Vettel's mediums.

Räikkönen began taking anywhere from half a second to a full second out of Vettel per lap, held up only once by his teammate, Grosjean, who took about a full lap and a repeated radio order to let Räikkönen by. He was one second behind Vettel on the last lap, and couldn't get any closer before the checkered flag.



The first three places were earned by Vettel, Räikkönen and Grosjean. Alonso would get fourth, after some late action with Hamilton that went on for three laps, and a late closing run on Grosjean that ran out of time. The fourth spot was the maximum he said he could achieve after qualifying eighth and having a car that just couldn't challenge the top runners, but his 15-point advance on Vettel in Silverstone turned into a 13-point deficit in Germany.

He was followed by Hamilton, who got by Button the very last lap, then Webber, who got around McLaren driver Sergio Perez to take seventh place also on the last lap, then Rosberg, then Hülkenberg in tenth. Ricciardo couldn't convert his qualifying promise, finishing outside the points this time in 12 th place.



The win gives Vettel, who just turned 26 last week, his 30th victory, his first at his home grand prix and more of a gap to his closest rival. He's got 157 points now, to Alonso's 123 points and Räikkönen's 116. They are the only three drivers in triple digits; Hamilton sits in fourth in the Driver's Championship with 99 points.

Infiniti Red Bull also took a chunk of points from its rivals in the Constructor's Championship: it has 250, with Mercedes in second at 183, the practically one-car team of Ferrari somehow in third with 180 points, and Lotus taking a big leap ahead and getting to 157 points.

The high-downforce Hungarian Grand Prix in three weeks will be the last chance for any title contenders to get their campaigns aright before the summer break in August. We'll see you then.


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      collabplan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tyres or not, that start by Hamilton was abysmal. It was exciting to watch Kimi closing the gap on Vettel in the final laps, but I'm hoping for a cleaner race in a couple of weeks. We haven't seen one since Monaco, really. Good stuff overall.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all the rules, bickering, and politics, F1 is such an expensive annoying snoozefest. That other sport played with only a racket and a green furry ball is a heck of a lot more interesting.
        Hal Jordan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
        Not to quibble over details, but isn't a tennis ball yellow? Additionally, I don't think racing fans and readers of AUTOblog will switch F1 to tennis. ( I do like tennis, though).
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was so hoping Kimi would pass him! If those tires weren't 6 laps old when they went on at the end I bet he could have caught and passed him! Good race at the end though, just hope vettel's car breaks down again :)