MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team driver Nico Rosberg claimed his second victory of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship in Sunday’s sensational British Grand Prix.
Rosberg, who started from second on the grid, resisted a late charge from Mark Webber to claim his third career race win, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton was a fighting fourth, having led early before dropping to the rear of the field due to a tyre blowout.
With the two Silver Arrows on the front row of the Silverstone grid, pole-sitter Hamilton moved swiftly into the lead, while Rosberg lost a place to Sebastien Vettel.
Hamilton’s hopes of winning at home for the second time in his career were soon dashed, though, by a left-rear tyre failure, the first of several in the race, necessitating an unscheduled pitstop on Lap 8.
That left Rosberg to take up the Mercedes charge. He remained within range of race leader Vettel, and he pounced when his German compatriot suffered a mechanical failure and eventually led Webber home by 0.7s.
After winning his local Grand Prix in Monaco last month, Rosberg’s Silverstone victory came at the team’s home race, with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS based in nearby Brackley. Next up is Mercedes-Benz and Rosberg’s home Grand Prix in Germany.
The win is the first in the British Grand Prix for a factory Mercedes-Benz outfit since Sir Stirling Moss’ 1955 triumph.
“This is a great moment for me and our team to win in the home of motor racing at Silverstone,” Rosberg, who remains sixth in the standings, said. “We have such great momentum in our Silver Arrows team and I’m very proud to be part of it.
“This win is for every single person who has been involved in building our car. It was a shame for Lewis today, and I had also a problem with my tyre but I was lucky because of the Safety Car. It was so special to win today, especially in front of fellow team members and their families as our factory is only ten minutes away from the track.
“At the end, it was difficult to hold Mark and to look after my tyres but I was able to keep the position, and take a great victory for us. Now we can look forward to another home race next weekend at the Nürburgring.”
Hamilton’s remarkable charge back through the field was one of the stories of the race. In-front of his adoring home fans, Hamilton recovered from last to finish just 0.6s shy of the podium. With the result, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS moves to second in the Constructors’ Championship, while the team’s 2013 points haul already exceeds its entire 2012 tally.
“Of course, I’m disappointed by today’s race and I would have loved to deliver the win this afternoon for all the British fans here at Silverstone,” Hamilton said. “The race started so well for us today; I felt comfortable out in front and was managing my pace.
“The tyre problem was such a shame and from then, it was just a case of giving it my all and battling as far up the field as possible. I had some good overtaking moves and, given another lap, I might have got Fernando and ended up on the podium.
“Everything considered, fourth place is pretty good after having been last on Lap 10 and we’ll take that.”
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS returns to the track on Friday, for the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.