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Rosberg wins dramatic British GP

2013-06-30 15:40

LONDON, England - Nico Rosberg escaped tyre drama to claim victory during a race which saw three drivers suffer tyre woes in the first 20 laps of the 2013 British Grand Prix.

Rosberg earned his second win of the 2013 F1 season following his victory in Monaco. The 2013 British GP was Mercedes first win at the race since since Stirling Moss' victory at Aintree in 1955.

Red Bull's Mark Webber, set to leave F1 in 2014, came in second, followed by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in third.

SUPERB COMEBACK FROM HAMILTON

Alonso closed the gap in the overall standings on three-time defending champion Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who was leading when he was forced to retire on the 42nd lap. Vettel has 132 points while Alonso has 111.

Lewis Hamilton claimed fourth place despite a blown tyre on lap which saw the Mercedes driver head to the back of the pack, much to the chagrin of local fans hoping to see a British driver on the podium.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, after leading the majority of the race, suffered transmission issues on lap 42 which put an end to his British Grand Prix hopes.

TYRE WOES

Felipe Massa suffered left rear tyre exploded on lap ten. Sadly he would be the first on three drivers to suffer tyre issues within the first 20 laps.

Toro rosso driver Jean Vergne suffered a similar fate with his rear tyre blown on lap 14 prompting Red Bull to send the following message to Vettel: "You've got to stay off the kerbs as much as you can. There are punctures all around."
 
On lap 20 Red Bull sent the following message to Vettel: "It's on the inside shoulder at this point we're not sure if it's a tyre problem or a kerbing problem. Stay away from the kerbs and try to save your rear left tyre."

Overall, four drivers four drivers were hit by tyre blowouts.

Results from  2013 British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone:

1 Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 1hr 32min 59.456sec
2 Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull) at 0.765sec
3 Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 7.124
4 Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 7.756
5 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus) 11.257
6 Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari) 14.573
7 Adrian Sutil (GER/Force India) 16.335
8 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso) 16.543
9 Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India) 17.943
10 Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Sauber) 19.709
11 Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams) 21.135
12 Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) 25.094
13 Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren) 25.969
14 Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Sauber) 26.285
15 Charles Pic (FRA/Caterham) 31.613
16 Jules Bianchi (FRA/Marussia) 36.097
17 Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia) 1min 07.660sec
18 Giedo van der Garde (NED/Caterham) 1:07.759

Did not finish:


Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso) - 37th lap
Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull Racing) - 42th lap
Sergio Perez (MEX/McLaren Mercedes) - 47th lap
Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) - 52th lap

Overall standings:

Drivers

1 Sebastian Vettel (GER) 132pts
2 Fernando Alonso (ESP) 111
3 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 98
4 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 89
5 Mark Webber (AUS) 87
6 Nico Rosberg (GER) 82
7 Felipe Massa (BRA) 57
8 Paul di Resta (GBR) 36
9 Romain Grosjean (FRA) 26
10 Jenson Button (GBR) 25
11 Adrian Sutil (GER) 23
12 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) 13
13 Sergio Perez (MEX) 12
14 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 11
15 Nico Hlkenberg (GER) 6

Constructors Championship:

1 Red Bull Racing 219pts
2 Mercedes 171
3 Ferrari 168
4 Lotus 124
5 Force India 59
6 McLaren 37
7 Toro Rosso 24
8 Sauber 6

Qualifying
Third practice results
Second practice results
First practice results

Stay with Wheels24 for the 2013 British GP weekend.

Comments
  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-06-30 15:52

    Being a lewis fan, i nearly quit watching when those useless tyres butted in again... but i am glad i was delayed and got to watch him show some superb driving skillz to shut his haters up and come 4th!

      Johan Hardbliksem - 2013-06-30 16:16

      His fat lips will blow into his eyes without a helmet, he is the biggest a..hole in the history of F1; 5 penalties in 1 season makes him the biggest cheater and unsportsmanlike behaver in F1 history. This plonke..r should have ended up into a wall

      Suidlander van Wyk - 2013-06-30 20:09

      Johan how I wish you could have been stabbed and die so that you could end up in mortuary too,--- its just a wish just like you had a wish

      Hoi Paloi - 2013-06-30 21:39

      @Johan - you forgot that Schumi is actually the greatest F1 cheat of all time... The only driver in the history of F1 to have had his points deducted for cheating.... Not to mention all the other questionable driving tactics he's demonstrated over his checkered career if you want to talk about bad sportsmanship... I take it though that you would be a Schumi fan so would make every excuse under the sun to try and justify his behavior .....

      Maartins Siphiso - 2013-07-01 07:04

      Hear hear - Hoi Paloi - I agree with you 1000% - You have my fullest support on what you have said about shumager - cheatmaster - biggest cheat F1 had ever seen.

      sikhumbuzok - 2013-07-01 07:56

      Same here Kwashirai, but the car seems to be finally there. We will see some great racing from Lewis. The chase between himself, Vettel, Alonso and Kimi should be entertaining. Whats up with the hate for Lewis, but in the UK the love is there. I wonder why? Anyone keen to enlighten us.

      Maartins Siphiso - 2013-07-01 08:52

      @Skhumbuzo Khumalo - The hate/dislike for Lewis I suppose is due to the hate/dislike for any other driver, ie the driver's racing style, perseverance etc. It can be many different reasons. But you are fishing for something, leave it.

      sikhumbuzok - 2013-07-01 10:14

      Not fishing for something Maartens. Its like Vettel. The guy is unlikeable for many, me included. However he is almost beyond criticism. Three successive world championships is no fluke. So respect from me. Of course Hamilton whenever he speaks he sounds scripted. He is not like Webber, Alonso or Kimi but the driving talent is there. Beyond question i am sure he would do more with that McLaren than Button/Perez are doing now. iow he is a damn good driver.

  • ThandoGqabaza - 2013-06-30 17:42

    well done kimi now lets start winning

      Maartins Siphiso - 2013-07-01 07:07

      Pity the Lotus team let him down once again by not bringing him in for tyres like the other teams had just before the safety car. But a fair result for Kimi.

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