German GP review: Vettel ticks the boxes

THIS STORY APPEARS IN THE JULY 10 ISSUE OF MOTORSPORT ILLUSTRATED NEWS

Last Sunday’s German Grand Prix was a first in more ways than one for Sebastian Vettel. Yes, there was a win, his fourth in the first nine races this season, but this one carried extra weight.

For one, it was his first win on home soil in six attempts – remarkably, the first time a German has won the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in 80 years – and it extended his world championship lead as he sets his sights on a fourth straight title. What’s more, it ended a bizarre statistical anomaly in Vettel’s career – he’d never before won a race in the month of July, which beggars belief given his ever-growing list of career achievements. In the week of his 26th birthday, it would be hard to imagine a more perfect present.

While Vettel made the best of his front-row start to lead pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton into the first corner and finished in the same position 94 minutes later, this was among the most stressful of his 30 career wins to date.

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