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Rosberg wins at Silverstone in an action packed Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg confidently took his second win of the season in a very action packed British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

Photo by Morio

In a race which was blighted by several tyre blow outs, Rosberg held off a late charge from Red Bull’s Mark Webber, whilst Fernando Alonso of Ferrari took third place. Vettel’s early retirement meant Red Bull’s lead of the drivers’ standings was slightly dented leaving the season wide open.

Rosberg’s Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton who started in pole position was robbed after an early left-rear tyre failure dropped him to the back of the pack, but after some excellent driving rallied to find himself finishing in fourth place and bringing home some well-earned points for Mercedes.

Three more drivers suffered the same fate as Hamilton a left-rear tyre puncture before the finish with fingers being firmly blamed on tyre manufacturer Pirelli. Pirelli are now investigating into the cause of these incidents and could possibly be allowed to partake in mid-season testing.

That wasn’t the end of the drama at Silverstone, Sebastian Vettel who started the race in 4th position started extremely well and was pushing throughout the early laps. When Hamilton had his tyre failure Vettel jumped to the lead until a glitch to the Red Bull gear box in lap 42 ended his race allowing Rosberg to gleefully take first position. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Red Bull as teammate Mark Webber fought back from an awful start to be in contention for the win. Webber finished in second place in his last race at Silverstone but he must be wondering if there were a few more laps left he just might have overtaken Rosberg and claimed the victory for himself.

3rd place was tied up by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who avoided any damage at the first corner and was driving strong until losing places during the safety car, but Alonso finished very strong holding of Hamilton and others to claim the last podium place.

The classified race results are:

1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32:59.456
2 Mark Webber Red Bull +0.7 secs
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +7.1 secs
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +7.7 secs
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault +11.2 secs
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari +14.5 secs
7 Adrian Sutil Force India +16.3 secs
8 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari +16.5 secs
9 Paul di Resta Force India +17.9 secs
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari +19.7 secs

After a very action packed Sunday at Silverstone Britain has once again shown it is the home of Formula 1. With the constructers Championship now wide open with Mercedes and Ferrari closing in on leaders Red Bull, also the drivers’ Championship isn’t a dead cert with Sebastian Vettel still leading but with 11 races left it is all to play for.

More interestingly we will await any news from Pirelli who have a lot to look at regarding the tyre failures as drivers feel their safety is not the number one concern because any incidents like this in the next race in Germany may end very different from Silverstone. All in all a very exciting race which created lots of drama but now we look ahead to a very interesting end to the season.

The result closes up the fight for the championship. Vettel still leads on 132 points, but Alonso closes with 111 from Raikkonen – on 98, then Hamilton on 89, Webber on 87 and Rosberg on 82.

In the constructors’ stakes, Red Bull have 219 to Mercedes’ 171, Ferrari’s 168, Lotus’s 124, Force India’s 59 and McLaren’s 37.

Posted by: C. Wallace


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