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2013-06-30 18:49

VICTORY FOR ROSBERG: Race winner Mercedes Nico Rosberg (Centre) poses with second place Red Bull’s Mark Webber (Left) and third place Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso at the British GP.Image: AFP

SILVERSTONE, England - British Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg breathed a sigh of relief after Formula 1 stewards decided not to punish him for an alleged flag infringement that might have cost him victory.

Rosberg reported to stewards after the race with a team representative but was seen sprinting down the paddock afterwards with a smile on his face.

A spokesperson for the governing IAF (International Automobile Federation) said that Rosberg had been reprimanded for failing to slow for yellow flags through turns three to five.

Rosberg, who celebrated his second win of the season, finished the chaotic race 0.7 seconds ahead of Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber.

EXPLODING TYRE FIASCO
 
During a post-race inspection of the circuit at the Loop and Aintree corners, through which the cars drive before running onto the Wellington Straight, former Formula 1 technical director Gary Anderson identified a section of dangerous concrete that may have caused the punctures.

Anderson said: "We have heard a lot today about Turn Four and we have come to have a look at what could be causing these punctures.

"Looking at the part inside the kerb, it is green to match the grass, but it is actually concrete. The cars go over the section and the sidewall of the tyre could be getting caught on a sharp part of the kerb.

"It is about the height at which we saw the tyre getting cut and coming off."

Both turns are to the left and see the cars ride the kerbs on their left side, a fact that explained why all of the tyre failures produced left-rear or in one case a left-front tyre blowout.

PIRELLI RESPONDS

Pirelli boss Paul Hembrey said: "The guys are going out to have a look now at Turn Four.

"It is one of the things we are trying to understand as we have not really see anything like it before. I am not going to blame the kerbing, but it can influence it, you have to understand all the factors involved.

"We will work hard now to understand all the facts. They are what count. What you have just shown us (the kerb at Turn Four) we have already started looking at.

"When we have the facts we will react and make sure we get to the bottom of what happened with those tyres."
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