The German Grand Prix got off to an exciting start for Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, as both passed pole sitter Lewis Hamilton to take the top spots at the first corner.
In great position for a solid race and a 1-2 finish, unfortunately disaster struck as Webber's first pit stop went horribly wrong. There were problems with the car's right-rear wheel and amid some confusion, Webber was released back into pit lane without the wheel being secured.
It worked itself loose immediately and bounced down pit lane, where it hit a TV cameraman, who was treated at the track's medical center before being transferred to a hospital in nearby Koblenz for further treatment.
After Webber's car was repaired, he rejoined the race in last place, one lap down.
Meanwhile, Hamilton had continued problems up front; he was passed by Lotus driver Romain Grossjean, who ran longer than anyone else on soft tires -- 13 laps -- which helped him jump to second behind Vettel.
On lap 24, further misfortune struck, with Jules Bianchi's engine blowing up. Bianchi pulled over and jumped out of the flaming car, which ended up rolling back across the track.
That brought the safety car out, which was a bit of a bonus for Webber, who was able to make up time on the rear of the field. After the re-start he passed four cars in a single lap, eventually making his way up to finish in seventh.
Vettel held strong to take the win, with Kimi Raikkonen in second and Grossjean in third. Vettel now has only to earn wins in Hungary and the US to complete a full set of wins at current F1 venues.
“Winning here is very, very special and it tastes very sweet, especially how we did it today, under a lot of pressure,” he said. “Very happy to take the win today and score some points.”
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