Home comforts for Vettel as he wins German Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel celebrated winning his first German Grand Prix as he held off a late charge from Kimi Raikkonen at the Nurburgring on Sunday.

The reigning world champion took the lead off the start, getting off the line quicker than pole position man Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.

From there, he held off team-mate Mark Webber until the first round of pitstops before defending from Romain Grosjean, who made his Pirelli tyres last longer than his rivals to pitch him into second place.

But with title rival Raikkonen charging towards his team-mate, Grosjean yielded his position to allow the Finn into second place and chase down Vettel.

He managed to get within a second of Vettel, but nothing was going to stop the home-crowd favourite from winning, as he took the chequered flag.

“I’m happy the race wasn’t two or three laps longer, as Kimi was a bit quicker towards the end!

“I’m very happy that it worked out and it’s very special.

“You have to remember that it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to race in your home country. We have around 20 races, but there are obviously more than 20 countries, so it’s special to race at home and get so much support.

“You don’t really think about where you are while you are racing, you can’t allow your mind to drift, but when the flag came out and the race was over I really let myself enjoy the parade lap and saw a lot of people in the grandstands cheering and waving flags. These pictures will remain in my head for a long, long time.”