Rosberg Wins Action Packed British Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg has stormed to victory at the British Grand Prix to claim his second win of the season. Red Bull’s Mark Webber drove a fantastic recovery to claim his fifth consecutive podium after a botched start while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso pulled a last minute pass on Kimi Raikkonen to grab the final podium position.

Rosberg’s win was down to luck when Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes suffered a delamination while Sebastian Vettel ground to a halt on Lap 42. Hamilton’s delamination was only the tip of the iceberg in a scary incident. Mere minutes following Hamilton’s problem, Felipe Massa spun out of turn four with a similar puncture. While the Brazilian limped back to the pits, Jean-Eric Vergne suffered a delamination on the hangar straight. This time, Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen came dangerously close to getting a face full of rubber as he was following the Frenchman down the straight.

It was a ridiculous display following on from which Charlie Whiting deployed the Safety Car while all marshalls were deployed to the track to clean the surface. The Safety Car eventually came back in but Sergio Perez would later suffer a delamination coming down Hangar straight, missing Alonso by mere centimetres. It was the Mexican’s second tire blow-out of the weekend, suffering one on Saturday.

With Lewis far down the grid, Sebastian Vettel was left storming away at the front of the grid. Nico Rosberg fought hard to keep up with his countryman, pulling away from the rest of the grid. Hamilton, spurred on by home support, was up to fourteenth by the time the Safety Car boxed, having gained eight places before it was deployed. Mark Webber was also a man on a mission, pulling moves on both Lotuses, both McLarens and Kimi Raikkonen into Luffield – the spot where he took the race win last year.

The pitlane was also active. Between the delaminated cars pitting, Alonso and Raikkonen came within a hair of each other when the Spaniard left his box and the Finn entered his own. Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado came mighty close too when Maldonado narrowly cut ahead of the German in the exit.

And mid-field saw action too. Adrian Sutil cut Daniel Ricciardo off while the Aussie tried to overtake the German into Stowe corner. The stewards didn’t call him on it, but Ricciardo vented with the traditional wave of his hand. Paul di Resta in the other Force India started from 21st in the grid following a penalty, but used home support to make it to tenth and into the points. The Scotsman held one of the racing highlights of the race when he battled Lewis Hamilton for eleventh over several laps in true wheel-to-wheel racing.

Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull ground to a halt on Lap 42 on the start/finish straight and the Safety Car was deployed to clear the car. Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber pitted for fresh tires while Raikkonen, in second, was told to stay out. Mark Webber was the man to beat in the final laps, leading a charge which saw him past Daniel Ricciardo, Adrian Sutil and Kimi Raikkonen  and coming within .7 of Nico Rosberg before the German crossed the line and took the checkered flag.

It’s Nico’s third career win and the second of this season, while Webber took to the podium for the fifth consecutive time. Lewis Hamilton had a dead-set win stolen from him by the blow-out but did fantastic to pull himself back to fourth. Jean-Eric Vergne, Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez all pulled into the pits near the end with various problems. Finally, Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth which means he has finished in the points for a stunning twenty-five continuous races to eclipse Schumacher’s record of twenty-four.

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Mark Webber
  3. Fernando Alonso
  4. Lewis Hamilton
  5. Kimi Raikkonen
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Adrian Sutil
  8. Daniel Ricciardo
  9. Paul di Resta
  10. Nico Hulkenberg
  11. Pastor Maldonado
  12. Valtteri Bottas
  13. Jenson Button
  14. Esteban Gutierrez
  15. Charles Pic
  16. Jules Bianchi
  17. Max Chilton
  18. Giedo van der Garde
  • Jean-Eric Vergne
  • Sergio Perez
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Romain Grosjean

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