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Rosberg wins drama fuelled British GP
Sunday 30th June 2013, 14:45 by TF1T Staff
Nico Rosberg took a sensational victory at the British Grand Prix to give Mercedes their second win of the season, in part thanks to the drama that unfolded during the race.
Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton suffered from a puncture on his left-rear which dropped him down to last position, handing the lead to Sebastian Vettel, but the German would later retire with a gearbox issue.
That promoted Rosberg to the lead where he stayed until the 52nd and last lap to claim 25 points.
Mark Webber managed to secure second place, just seven tenths behind Rosberg, despite a poor start dropping him to 14th whilst Fernando Alonso charged through the field from ninth to take the final podium position.
Home favourite Hamilton fought back from last to claim fourth, finishing just six tenths behind the Ferrari.
The race will surely come under scrutiny however after four left-rear tyres exploded in spectacular fashion (Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez), prompting a safety car to give the marshals time to inspect and clear the track of debris.
That was one of two safety car periods, the second for Vettel's stricken Red Bull which stopped on the pit straight.
Race Result - 2013 British Grand Prix:
# Driver Team Gap Pts 01. N. Rosberg Mercedes 25 02. M. Webber Red Bull +0.7 18 03. F. Alonso Ferrari +7.1 15 04. L. Hamilton Mercedes +7.7 12 05. K. Raikkonen Lotus +11.2 10 06. F. Massa Ferrari +14.5 8 07. A. Sutil Force India +16.3 6 08. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +16.5 4 09. P. di Resta Force India +17.9 2 10. N. Hulkenberg Sauber +19.7 1 11. P. Maldonado Williams +21.1 12. V. Bottas Williams +25.0 13. J. Button McLaren +25.9 14. E. Gutierrez Sauber +26.2 15. C. Pic Caterham +31.6 16. J. Bianchi Marussia +36.0 17. M. Chilton Marussia +67.6 18. G. van der Garde Caterham +67.7 19. R. Grosjean Lotus Retired 20. S. Perez McLaren Retired 21. S. Vettel Red Bull Retired 22. J. Vergne Toro Rosso Retired
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