Nico Rosberg won the British Grand Prix after he managed to hold off Red Bull’s Mark Webber, however the race was overshadowed by a series of tyre failures that lead to two safety cars being deployed.
These safety precautions were taken after the tyres on five cars deflated, plus Red Bull’s championship leader, and three time world champion, Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire whilst in the lead due to gear problems.
His closest rival, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who started ninth on the grid, was able to battle his way upto third place, to reduce the German’s current winning margin to just 21 points.
Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole position on his hometrack, was leading the race until his left tyre failed, which dropped him to last place, however he was still able to fight all the way up to fourth, just ahead of Lotus’, Kimi Raikkonen.
The last seven laps of the race were particularly enthralling, as it basically turned into a sprint to the finish as a safety car had bunched the entire field together as it recovered Vettel’s Red Bull.
Webber, who at this point was in fifth place, managed to overtake Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Adrian Sutil, as did Alonso, but neither of them could find a way past Rosberg.
Rosberg stated about his victory, “Fantastic, a very special day. What makes it more special is that our factory is so close. We’re progressing all the time. We’re massively quick in qualifying, and we had the fastest car in this race.”
The German even had time to console his British teammate, Hamilton, whilst having a sly dig at Vettel too, remarking, “With Lewis, I feel sorry for all the British fans. It’s always a massive disappointment but that’s racing. Sebastian stopped, I won’t lie, I wasn’t disappointed by that one.”
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