” Sebastian Vettel held off a strong challenge from Kimi Raikkonen to win the German Grand Prix for the first time.
Having led from Turn 1 of the race, Vettel came under heavy pressure from first Romain Grosjean and then Vettel late on, but he had enough pace to keep the Lotus pair at bay to win by just one second. Grosjean faded slightly towards the end but still finished third ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.
Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber’s challenge ended early as a pit stop error from Red Bull saw him leave his pit box with a loose right rear wheel. The wheel detached and struck an FOM cameraman – who is now at Koblenz hospital under observation – leaving Webber a lap down when he rejoined.
A safety car period bunched up the pack as Jules Bianchi’s Marussia dangerously rolled backwards down the track after he had retired with a spectacular engine failure. That allowed Webber to recover to seventh behind Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, but he remains under investigation for an unsafe release.
Webber passed Sergio Perez for P7 on the final lap, with the second McLaren finishing ahead of Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg. ”