Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg finished as the winner of the British Grand Prix after his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, was left feeling disappointed following his tyres failing on him mid-race. Hamilton wasn’t the only driver to experience tyre failure as six other drivers suffered the same problem, forcing some to retire from the race. Sebastian Vettel was one of the four drivers to retire at Silverstone with 41 laps to go, meaning that his dominating 36 point gap at the top of the Drivers’ Championship has been reduced, with Fernando Alonso finishing third.
Lewis Hamilton will be upset that it was Mercedes’ tyres which let him down after he deservedly grabbed pole position from the two days before. The team, however, will be happy with the fact that Nico Rosberg grabbed the victory. Hamilton would have loved to win this Grand Prix as it was in his home country of England, but unfortunately his Pirelli tyres dropped him from first to last. After dropping to last place, the Mercedes driver managed to fight his way back up to fourth position, finishing just behind Alonso and ahead of Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen whilst Nico Rosberg finished as the winner.
Britain’s other driver, Jenson Button, had an extremely disappointing home Grand Prix this weekend, not claiming any points on the leader board, finishing 13th. For Button’s team, McLaren, it was a disastrous race with the Brit finishing terribly and his team-mate, Sergio Perez, retiring before the end of race. The other two drivers joining Perez and Vettel in retirement were Romain Grosjean of Lotus and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.
Towards the end of the race, things started boiling up with seven laps remaining, after a safety car was introduced to move Vettel’s car which was left on the pit straight. With Webber in 5th place, Alonso in 8th and Hamilton in 9th, the comeback was on. Those three drivers, in addition to Nico Rosberg who was in the lead, were on fresh tyres for the last 7 laps, giving them an upper hand. The three skilled drivers pulled themselves back into the race, all finishing one after the other behind Nico Roserg.
Lewis Hamilton talked about fixing the tyre failure problem, “It needs to be done straight away, it’s obviously an issue. It was the first time in my career I’ve ever felt it was dangerous. After my incident, I was definitely nervous for the rest of the race that the tyres might go again. Safety is the biggest issue. It’s just unacceptable really. It’s only when someone gets hurt that someone will do something about it.”
Top 10 finishers in the British Grand Prix:
1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes 1:32:59.456
2. Mark Webber – Red Bull +00:00.765
3. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari +00:07.124
4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes +00:07.756
5. Kimi Räikkönen – Lotus +00:11.257
6. Felipe Massa – Ferrari +00:14.573
7. Adrian Sutil – Force India +00:16.335
8. Daniel Ricciardo – Toro Rosso +00:16.543
9. Paul di Resta – Force India +00:17.943
10. Nico Hulkenberg – Sauber +00:19.709
Author Daniel Foster
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