HOCKENHEIM – Sebastian Vettel could have been forgiven for being miserable ahead of his home German Grand Prix, but he ended it with a huge smile after one of the drives of his career rocketed the Ferrari driver up to second from last.
Ferrari's much-hyped Formula One season has failed to produce a win at the halfway stage and a string of mishaps reached their nadir on Saturday when a power failure meant Vettel never set a time in qualifying and had to start from the back of the grid.
But the four-times world champion showed why he remains one of the best drivers in the sport despite his recent woes by perfectly navigating a wet track at Hockenheim when all around him were spinning off.
"It was a long race, at some stage it felt never ending. It was very fun, it was tough with the conditions and tough to read what was the smartest move," Vettel said.
"I'm just happy. I think before the last safety car I realised I was quite a bit faster, and I had some good moves on the back straight. It was about getting the next car, and the next car, and the next car."