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 tyre 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 as if wanting to get off the track all on it’s own.
Vettel started second behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and powered past the Mercedes driver into the first bend.
“That was a tough one,” Vettel said as he whooped in delight over the team radio on the slowing down lap.
It was Vettel’s first victory in his home race and the 30th of his career.
“Unbelievable, I’m very happy,” said Vettel. “Kimi was pushing very hard in the race, they tried to do something different with different compound tyres.
“I was pushing really hard throughout and very happy to finally win in Germany.
“I could feel him coming with more and more pressure. I had some laps when Romain was very close.