Vettel relieved to fend off Lotus duo
7 July 2013 – Sebastian Vettel expressed a feeling of relief after fending off the attentions of Lotus rivals Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean during Sunday’s German Grand Prix, with the Red Bull driver taking victory on home soil by little more than a second.
Having moved into the lead at the start, Vettel controlled the pace ahead of Grosjean as the opening two thirds of the race developed, before keeping Räikkönen – who made a late switch to the Soft compound tyre – at bay during the final five laps.
"It’s unbelievable; I’m very, very happy," explained Vettel after the race. "Kimi was pushing very, very hard at the end. They tried to do something different with their strategy. We had a very solid race, but I was pushing very hard towards the end.
"I had a couple of laps where it was quite close with Grosjean as well. We lost KERS for a couple of laps, so that was a little bit difficult. But it recovered, and that helps a lot with defending your position. I’m happy the race lasted 60 laps, not 61 or 62!"
In the sister Red Bull, Mark Webber battled back through the field to seventh position after he was released without a left-rear wheel during the first round of pit-stops.