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Christopher Bruce2013-06-30 15:13:51

Nico Rosberg Wins Difficult British Grand Prix

Many drivers plagued with tire problems during the race

Rosberg has won his second race of the year

The 2013 British Grand Prix turned out to be a race of tires. Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez all suffered from failing tires. Nico Rosberg won the race after inheriting the lead on lap 42 when Sebastian Vettel lost drive in the car, but Rosberg had to fight to keep the lead and won. Mark Webber came back from early damage to take second, and Fernando Alonso put in a late race fight to take third. 

The race started bad for Mark Webber with damage in the first corner that dropped him from fourth to 15th place. However, it helped the drivers fighting for the championship behind him. Kimi Raikkonen was in sixth by the end of the first lap after starting ninth.

Hamilton continued to lead up front and pulled an early lead in the first five laps, but it did not last. Hamilton's left rear tire failed on lap seven and he fell down the field quickly. He nursed the car back to the pits, but by the time he left, he was dead last. That put Nico Rosberg in the lead with Sebastian Vettel behind him.

Vettel took the lead on lap 12, when Rosberg came into the pits for tires.

Jean-Eric Vergne had his own rear tire failures on lap 14 that brought out the safety car to allow for the tire debris to be cleared. It stayed out until lap 22. When the race restarted the top drivers were Vettel, Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel pulled out a lead over Rosberg almost as soon as the safety car pulled in. By lap 33, the lead had grown to 3.4 seconds over Rosberg.

It appeared that Vettel would cruise to another victory, but on lap 42 his race was over. He came on his radio and said, "Lost drive," and that was the end of his race. He pulled off right in front of the pits, which brought out a safety car. 

The safety car went in on lap 46, and the running order was Rosberg, Raikkonen, Webber, Sutil, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez. 

Perez also had a tire failure just after the safety car went in, and he left the race.

The final laps were some of the best race we have seen in Formula 1 this season. The late safety car meant that everyone was on new tires and could push as hard as they wanted. There were great battles between Raikkonen and Webber, and after Webber got past, between Raikkonen and Alonso. Raikkonen fell to fifth place in just five laps.

Mercedes overtakes Ferrari in the World Constructors' Championship standings.

There are no changes in position in the World Drivers' Championship.

British Grand Prix Results
Position Driver Team
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
8 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault
13 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari
15 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth
17 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth
18 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault
19 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
20  Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes
21 Retire Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
22 Retire Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari
World Drivers' Championship Points
Position Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 132
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 111
3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 98
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 89
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 87
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 82
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 57
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 36
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 25
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 23
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 13
13 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 12
14 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11
15 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 6
World Constructors' Championship Point Standings
Position Team Points
1 Red Bull-Renault 229
2 Mercedes 171
3 Ferrari 168
4 Lotus-Renault 124
5 Force India-Mercedes 59
6 McLaren-Mercedes 37
7 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 24
8 Sauber-Ferrari 6






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