F1 2013 Silverstone British Grand Prix result: Hamilton fourth as Rosberg wins
PUBLISHED: 14:44 30 June 2013 | UPDATED: 21:25 30 June 2013
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton battled to fourth place as Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg took the 2013 British Grand Prix chequered flag at Silverstone.
Pole-sitter Hamilton’s hopes of victory were dashed by an explosive tyre failure while leading after eight laps.
He rejoined an action-packed race in last place after his disastrous puncture, but battled through the field to finish in the points, just off the podium.
The 28-year-old Mercedes F1 driver from Hertfordshire overtook Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus on the penultimate lap for fourth place.
However, Hamilton was unable to catch Fernando Alonso on the final lap and the Ferrari driver claimed the final step on the podium.
2013 British Grand Prix result
Silverstone top 10
1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
6 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
7 Adrian Sutil (Force India)
8 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)
9 Paul Di Resta (Force India)
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber)
German Rosberg just held off Red Bull’s fast-finishing Mark Webber to claim the victory, with the Aussie recovering from a disastrous start and damage to his car to take second.
After the race, Mercedes F1 team principal Ross Brawn said: “We’ve got two great drivers.”
Raikkonen took fifth place with Felipe Massa sixth. Next came Adrian Sutil and Daniel Ricciardo, with Paul Di Resta ninth. Jenson Button was 13th for McLaren.
An eventful race saw three drivers – then leader Hamilton, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Toro Rosso star Jean-Eric Vergne – all suffer rear-left tyre failures in the opening half of the grand prix.
2013 FIA F1 World Drivers’ Championship
1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 132pts
2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 111
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 98
4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 89
5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 87
6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 82
McLaren star Sergio Perez also suffered a tyre failure in the closing laps.
Red Bull’s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel retired from the race on lap 42 after suffering a gearbox problem while leading the grand prix.
Vettel’s retirement saw Rosberg take the lead, which he held to the flag for his second victory of the season, after also winning in Monaco.
After suffering a dramatic rear-left tyre explosion whilst leading, which relegated him to last place, Hamilton clawed his way back through the field – helped by a couple of safety car periods.
Formula One World Constructors’ Championship
After Round 8:
1 Red Bull 219pts
2 Mercedes 171
3 Ferrari 168
4 Lotus 124
5 Force India 59
And by lap 32 of 52, he was battling fellow Brit Paul Di Resta for eighth place in front of a patriotic Silverstone crowd.
However, Hamilton lost two places on his old set of tyres a few laps later, with Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso both overtaking the Mercedes man in quick succession.
With Hamilton losing time, Mark Webber also passed the 2008 F1 world champion from Hertfordshire.
After making his second stop for tyres, Hamilton exited the pits in 12th place and found himself battling wheel to wheel with Di Resta once again.
The pair enjoyed a titantic tussle, with first one and then the other gaining the advantage, before Hamilton finally made a move stick.
The Silver Arrows star found himself in the points again after 41 laps, before the safety car was deployed to clear Vettel’s stricken Red Bull.
Hamilton carved his way through the field in the closing laps to finish just outside the podium positions, but it was Mercedes pal Rosberg who took the chequered flag.