Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed his second victory in three races as he triumphed in the British Grand Prix in a race that was dominated by tyre failures and safety cars.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who won the race in 2010 and 2012, produced a spirited drive to second, having dropped back to 15th after a bad start, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso reduced Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the championship with the final podium place.
Rosberg’s team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who had started on pole, recovered from a tyre failure, which dropped him from the lead to the back of the field, to claim fourth.
And Force India’s Paul di Resta scored points in his home race for the first time with ninth after starting 21st – but who was your Driver of the Day?
Held off a charging Webber in the closing stages, after inheriting the lead from Vettel, to secure his third career victory. Made a disappointing start from second, allowing Vettel to pass before the first corner. Showed strong race pace and moved up to second when Hamilton had his tyre failure. Took the lead when Vettel retired with a gearbox issue and then pumped in a few quick laps in the closing stages to hold off Webber and secure victory. Given a reprimand for not slowing sufficiently for yellow flags. Stays sixth in the drivers’ standings, but now 50 points behind leader Vettel.
Made a bad start and then had contact with Romain Grosjean which dropped him to 15th before he fought back to finish second. Struggled to get away from fourth at the start, which meant he fell back into the pack. Broke his front wing when Grosjean cut across him and found himself 15th. Stayed out with damage but didn’t lose too much time. Changed the wing at the first stop and then used his strong pace around Silverstone to rise up through the field. Pitted for fresher tyres in the closing stages, passing several cars but just running out of time to pass Rosberg who he finished just 0.7 seconds behind.
Another poor qualifying saw him start ninth, but strong race pace gave him his fifth podium in eight races. Made slow progress in the first half of the race, but was fifth with 20 laps to go. Pitted for fresh tyres in the closing stages, pulling of a string of brilliant moves, including ones on Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen, to move into third. Sliced 15 points off Vettel’s championship lead and is now just 21 points adrift.
Suffered tyre failure when leading but fought back impressively to finish fourth. Made a great getaway from pole position and gradually built up a lead before a tyre failure on lap seven saw him drop to the back of the field. Managed to recover to the pits, and benefitted from the safety cars being deployed to close back up to the pack. Had a great battle with Di Resta, the duo changing places four times in a couple of laps, and a good pass on Raikkonen near the end gave him fourth.
Paul di Resta
Fought back after being excluded from qualifying, having qualified a career-best fifth, as his car was found to be underweight. Made a good start from 21st, slowly picking his way through the field. Had a good battle with Hamilton and showed strong pace in the closing stages to move up into the points and claim ninth for his sixth consecutive points finish.
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