Vettel wins his 1st Grand Prix in Germany, holds off 2 Lotus cars
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany sprays with champagne during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP / Michael Probst)
Published Sunday, July 7, 2013 10:40AM EDT
NUERBURGRING, Germany - Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel surged to the lead in his Red Bull at the start of the German Grand Prix on Sunday and held off a strong challenge from the two Lotus cars to win his first race on home soil.
There were no tire blowouts but the race had its share of bizarre incidents, with a loose wheel flying through the air in the pit lane and an abandoned car drifting on its own down the track.
Vettel started second behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and powered past the Mercedes driver into the first bend.
The German then held off the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean for his fourth win of the season. Raikkonen was second and Grosjean third. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took fourth.