Rosberg wins chaotic British Grand Prix

By on Sunday, June 30, 2013
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg claimed victory at a chaotic British Grand Prix, marred by several tyre failures throughout the field.

Rosberg fended off Mark Webber through the final laps to secure his third career victory by just 0.7s.

At the start contact between Webber and Romain Grosjean dropped the Australian down to fifteenth place. Adrian Sutil rocketed up to fourth while Felipe Massa also made an outstanding start to move up seven places to fifth.

Paul di Resta started on the hard compound tyres and quickly moved up the order to sixteenth place.

Jenson Button also started on the hard tyres and although the Brit was initially hunting down Fernando Alonso, he soon slipped back and was rapidly passed by team-mate Sergio Perez and the recovering Webber.

Drama struck on Lap 8 when Hamilton's tyre exploded on the Wellington Straight. The Brit did well to keep control of his car and toured back slowly to the pits.

A few laps later a similar predicament struck Massa. The Brazilian exited Aintree and his tyre exploded, sending the Brazilian into a lurid spin.

On Lap 15 Jean Eric Vergne suffered a huge failure approaching Stowe and after this failure the safety car was deployed.

Racing resumed on Lap 22 and Vettel rapidly extended his advantage over Rosberg as Sutil began to back up the pack.

Hamilton's fightback began from fourteenth place. The Brit dispatched with Esteban

Gutierrez while behind him, fellow puncture victim Massa passed Vergne for seventeenth.

Gutierrez also suffered an issue, although television cameras missed the precise cause of the Mexican's woes.

Hamilton and Di Resta embarked on a lap long duel that was eventually settled in Hamilton's favour.

Suddenly Vettel's car was crawling towards the end of Lap 41.

The German slowed exiting Vale and stopped over the start line, forcing the deployment of the safety car for a second time.

Racing resumed with Alonso getting the better of Perez across the old start line. But the Mexican soon became the latest victim of Pirelli's failures as his tyre exploded exiting Chapel.

Webber passed Raikkonen into Copse while Alonso's charge continued as he got rid of Sutil and Ricciardo to elevate himself to fourth place.

Alonso continued his hunt and swept passed Raikkonen around the outside of Stowe with three laps remaining.

Hamilton followed suit a lap later to move up into fourth place.

The Brit continued his pursuit of Alonso but fell just short of stepping onto the podium.

Raikkonen took fifth, ahead of Massa, Sutil, Ricciardo, di Resta and Hulkenberg.

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