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German Grand Prix – Race: 2nd

| Source: autosport.com | fia.com |

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Sebastian Vettel finally won his home grand prix in Germany as he resisted big pressure from Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean at the Nurburgring.

As the Lotus duo took turns to hound Vettel for most of the race, it looked unlikely that the Red Bull driver would be able to cling on for victory, but he ultimately managed to after a dogged drive.

Quotes: 

Kimi suspects last pitstop not needed

“I could run longer and we had to think about if we should try to run until the end. But I had massive problem with the radio. I could hear the team but they couldn’t hear me, apart from at two corners. I wonder if we should have gone to the end as the tyres were OK. It’s hard to know what would have happened in the next two laps. We had good speed. I think we would have had a big fight anyhow and probably passed him. We tried everything we had and failed to win, but I think for the team we had a good race. We’ll keep trying.”

Pos  Driver        Team        
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           
 2.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault                        
 3.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault                        
 4.  Alonso         Ferrari                              
 5.  Hamilton       Mercedes                            
 6.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes                     
 7.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault                     
 8.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes                     
 9.  Rosberg        Mercedes                             
10.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari                       
11.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes                 
12.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari                   
13.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes                 
14.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari                       
15.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault                     
16.  Bottas         Williams-Renault                     
17.  Pic            Caterham-Renault                    
18.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault                     
19.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth                    
DNF. Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari                   
DNF. Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth                    
DNF. Massa          Ferrari                              

World Championship standings, round 9:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        157        1.  Red Bull-Renault          250
 2.  Alonso        123        2.  Mercedes                  181
 3.  Raikkonen     116        3.  Ferrari                   180
 4.  Hamilton       99        4.  Lotus-Renault             159
 5.  Webber         93        5.  Force India-Mercedes       59
 6.  Rosberg        84        6.  McLaren-Mercedes           49
 7.  Massa          57        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         24
 8.  Grosjean       41        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              7
 9.  Di Resta       36       
10.  Button         33       
11.  Sutil          23       
12.  Perez          16       
13.  Vergne         13       
14.  Ricciardo      11       
15.  Hulkenberg      7

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 2nd: “We had a pretty good last stint of the race, but the cars are close on performance so it’s difficult to overtake. Maybe some more laps would have helped us, but the race is only 60 laps so you have to do your best with that. After my first stop I was stuck behind a Mercedes for a while, but once I was past the car was pretty good. After the safety car three of us were able to pull away, but we were too close on speed to change the order. It was a good day for the team. Of course, we wanted to win; we couldn’t, but we did score the most points here. The warmer temperatures definitely helped us, so let’s hope for some more hot weather in Budapest.”

Romain Grosjean – 3rd: “After some difficult races, everything went right today and it was pretty special when I was leading the race and returning to the podium is naturally a good thing. My car felt great on the first stint with the soft tyres and it’s clear that the summer weather really suits us. Hopefully we’ll have a long summer now in Europe! Letting Kimi past at the end of the race was the sensible thing to do as we were on different strategies and he had more of a chance of going for the win than I did at that point. We didn’t know which tyre would be the best at the end of the race, so we didn’t put all our eggs in one basket.”

Eric Boullier, team principal: “That was a very good race from the team which validates all the hard work which has been going on back at Enstone, so we thank everyone at the factory for their efforts. After three difficult weekends, being on the podium was exactly what we needed. We need to continue like this to make up for lost ground in both championships. The E21 worked very well today and both Kimi and Romain drove superbly. We had a good strategy from the pit wall, some fantastic pit stops, and were it not for losing some time behind both Mercedes, it’s possible that we could have won today. I think we’ll have to ask Pirelli to keep this weekend’s specification of tyres for the rest of the season.”

Alan Permane, trackside operations director: “We’re very happy to be back on the podium again after a short spell of bleak races. Both cars ran faultlessly from start to finish and it did look like we could be able to take the fight to Sebastian [Vettel] but ultimately we didn’t quite manage it. Kimi was held up by Lewis [Hamilton] after his first pit stop but came back fighting at the end of the race. Romain did a fantastic job managing his first set of tyres which enabled him to make some great gains. We did consider running Kimi on a two-stop strategy but we could see the tyre performance dropping. We expected slightly more performance from his final set of soft tyres, but he was right with Seb at the end.”

Video: post-race Sky Sports interview, NBCSport’s interview, BBC interview

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9 responses

  1. Rudhi

    Hoping we dnt have bad news concerning the cameraman, it would be very sad especially after the death of a marshall in montreal, great performance from Iceman n the team

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    July 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  2. Lotus need to use their brain more if they want to keep Kimi. Even Kimi won’t stay if his team always lets him down. How does Lotus expect Kimi to stay if they made the worst decision for the best chance Kimi’s provide them. It’s good that Kimi is happy at Lotus, they should do something better to keep Kimi

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    July 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm

  3. Boycott

    Was really needed that last pit stop?

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    July 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  4. Rudhi

    Thx Saima, just read that he was hit in the arm, when i saw it live though it was in the head. It will be interesting to see how many 2nd place Kimi has in F1. I was kinda surprised when Kimi pit at the end, i think 2nd is a very good result especially after the outcomes of last races. The radio issue certainly didn’t help today, pretty happy though since Kimi fight at the front today n thats what we want. I’m not sure 2 more laps would have chnged the results, quite difficult to overtake on this track when tyres are not shot, Vettels’ tyres were not that bad. I was disappointed when i saw Kimi’s hair LOL, thought it was the same as in Silverstone. Always nice to see Kimi drink champagne.

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    July 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

  5. Rudhi

    The Lotus guys played it safe today, thats y they prefer to pit Kimi, i guess they calculated n estimated the pace of both Kimi n Vettel, guess they concluded that Kimi would have been too vulnerable in the last 2-3 laps. I suppose the bad decision in Silverstone played a major role, they couldn’t afford another big mistake. Plus the radio issue hasn’t helped at all. C’mon Murray! LOL

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    July 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  6. sophie

    hey 🙂
    i just wanted to look at the pictures in your gallery, but i have to register at sky drive to do that. is that normal or just an issue today?
    ps.: love your site, i always come here to get the latest news about kimi 🙂

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    July 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

  7. Hi Sophie, thanks! You don’t need to register (Skydrive is by hotmail). The gallery is actually down at the moment because a lot of traffic, it will be back up in a few hours or tomorrow, sorry about that 😦 Most pics are in the slideshow above for now and also on our facebook page.

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    July 7, 2013 at 5:35 pm

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