British GP: Rosberg wins chaotic race

    The race was littered with tyre failures, also featuring a late retirement for championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

    Published On Jun 30, 2013 11:47:00 PM

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    British GP: Rosberg wins chaotic race

    Nico Rosberg fended off Mark Webber to win a thrilling British Grand Prix littered with tyre blow-outs and featuring a late retirement for championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

    Rosberg's Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was leading until he became the first man to suffer a tyre blow, with Vettel then controlling the race until his Red Bull lost drive in the closing stages.

    That set up a thrilling finale as Vettel's team-mate Webber, who had fallen to 15th on lap one, hunted down Rosberg, while Fernando Alonso and the recovering Hamilton charged past Kimi Raikkonen into third and fourth.

    Hamilton had established a two-second lead over Vettel, who jumped Rosberg off the line, by lap seven, when his left rear tyre blew going down the Wellington straight.

    That was followed soon after by a seemingly identical failure for Felipe Massa. The Ferrari driver had thrust from 11th on the grid to fifth at the start and was pushing Adrian Sutil for third when his tyre gave well while accelerating out of the The Loop.

    When Jean-Eric Vergne's left rear tyre also exploded on the approach to Stowe, the safety car came out for seven laps, with engineers urging their drivers to avoid the kerbs.

    Vettel kept Rosberg at arm's length once the race restarted. Sutil ran third until leaving his second pitstop too late and being jumped by Raikkonen, Alonso and Webber. The Australian was on a charge from 15th after a slow start and a first-corner brush with Romain Grosjean, and overtook Alonso going into the closing stages.

    Just as the result seemed settled, Vettel ground to a halt on the pits straight with a loss of drive.

    With the stranded Red Bull prompting a safety car, Rosberg dived in for a third tyre stop and rejoined still ahead of Raikkonen. Webber and Alonso also went for tyres and dropped to fifth and eighth, elevating Sutil and Daniel Ricciardo to third and fourth.

    Webber made sublime use of his fresh tyres to quickly pick off Ricciardo and Sutil, then battle past Raikkonen.

    By the final lap the Red Bull was within a second of Rosberg, who held on to win by seven tenths of a second.

    Alonso also made rapid progress on his new rubber, dodging the McLaren of Sergio Perez as it became yet another tyre-blow victim, then fighting through to third.

    The recovering Hamilton followed through, demoting Raikkonen - who had questioned Lotus's decision not to pit under the late safety car - to fifth.

    Massa climbed back to sixth after his puncture, with Sutil and Ricciardo pushed back to seventh and eighth ahead of Paul di Resta (from the back of the grid) and Nico Hulkenberg.

    Jenson Button had been on course for points for McLaren until the final laps, when he was elbowed down to 13th.

    PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS
    
    The British Grand Prix
    Silverstone, Britain;
    52 laps; 306.198km;
    Weather: Sunny.
    
    Classified:
    
    Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
     1.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   1h32:59.456
     2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault           +     0.765
     3.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +     7.124
     4.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +     7.756
     5.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +    11.257
     6.  Massa          Ferrari                    +    14.573
     7.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +    16.335
     8.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    16.500
     9.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes       +    17.993
    10.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +    19.700
    11.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +    21.100
    12.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +    25.000
    13.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +    25.900
    14.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +    26.200
    15.  Pic            Caterham-Renault           +    31.600
    16.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +    36.000
    17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:07.600
    18.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault           +  1:07.700
    19.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +     1 lap
    
    Fastest lap: Webber, 1:33.401
    
    Not classified/retirements:
    
    Driver        Team                         On lap
    Perez          McLaren-Mercedes             47
    Vettel         Red Bull-Renault             42
    Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari           36
    
    
    World Championship standings, round 8:                
    
    Drivers:                    Constructors:             
     1.  Vettel        132        1.  Red Bull-Renault          219
     2.  Alonso        111        2.  Mercedes                  169
     3.  Raikkonen     100        3.  Ferrari                   168
     4.  Hamilton       87        4.  Lotus-Renault             126
     5.  Webber         87        5.  Force India-Mercedes       59
     6.  Rosberg        82        6.  McLaren-Mercedes           37
     7.  Massa          57        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         24
     8.  Di Resta       36        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              6
     9.  Grosjean       26       
    10.  Button         25       
    11.  Sutil          23       
    12.  Vergne         13       
    13.  Perez          12       
    14.  Ricciardo      11       
    15.  Hulkenberg      6       
           
    All timing unofficial

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