NURBURG, Germany — Sebastian Vettel held off a furious late-race charge from Kimi Raikkonen to win Sunday’s German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
It was the first victory for the German driver in his home grand prix and came a few days after his 26th birthday.
Vettel, who has won the last three Formula One world championships for Red Bull, is the first German driver to win the German Grand Prix since Michael Schumacher in 2006.
“It is unbelievable. I am very, very happy,” Vettel said. “Kimi was pushing very hard at the end of the race. We had a very solid and controlled race. I am very happy and very happy to finally win a race in Germany. I could feel him coming with more and more pressure. I am very happy that the race ended in 60 laps and not 61 or 62.”
Driving for Lotus, Raikkonen was steadily closing on Vettel during the late laps of the race, but came up a second short at the end of the race.
Raikkonen’s teammate, Romain Grosjean, rounded out the podium with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso and Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton rounding out the top five.
It was Vettel’s fourth victory of the season and the 30th of his career. Vettel now holds a 34-point lead over Alonso in the standings.