Sunday, June 30, 2013


2013 F1 British Grand Prix Champion : Nico Rosberg - #9 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Mercedes -Benz F1 W04

Nico Rosberg claimed his second win of the 2013 F1 season after emerging from a dramatic British Grand Prix just 0.7secs ahead of a charging Mark Webber.

The German appeared to be far from a contender for victory for much of the 52-lap race, losing his second place to Sebastian Vettel off the line and having to play a supporting role as, initially, Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and, latterly, Vettel took charge at the front. Only when misfortune struck both the pacesetters did Rosberg's hopes take an upswing, the Monaco Grand Prix winner suddenly finding himself at the front….

Hamilton was the first to fall away, the Briton losing an advantage of over a second built up after holding on to his pole position from the start. Despite Vettel slotting into second place into turn one, Hamilton was able to extend his advantage and appeared in control of the race when his left-rear tyre let go in spectacular fashion on the Wellington Straight. With over half the lap remaining before he could pit for a replacement, the Briton plummeted down the order, with Vettel picking up a lead that many expected him to hold to the end.

Hamilton's tyre failure, which came on lap eight, was only the tip of the iceberg, as Felipe Massa was pitched into a spin at almost the same point on the track when the same tyre came apart on his Ferrari a lap later. While debris from an opening corner clash between Webber and Romain Grosjean could have been to blame given its proximity to the incidents, a third failure, suffered by Jean-Eric Vergne at the end of the Hangar Straight five laps later, cast the light back onto Pirelli, given similar incidents in previous races.

While teams – who had already responded by calling for the first round of pit-stops - frantically warned their drivers to keep off the kerbs, particularly at the quicker exits, Pirelli attempted to discover the cause of further embarrassment to its brand, again shying away from blaming its own product until the facts could be established.

Unsurprisingly, the safety car was scrambled to give the marshals cover to clear the track of debris, with Massa's team-mate Fernando Alonso and Webber taking the opportunity to pit for fresh tyres and, in the Australian's case, a new nose. More alarmingly, however, was Alonso's subsequent claim that he had suffered a left rear deflation as he approached the pits….

Despite concerns over possible further problems, the safety car was withdrawn at the end of lap 21, with few of the 22 runners heeding the calls to exercise caution over the kerbs. Vettel needed no second bidding to stretch the Red Bull's legs, immediately opening a one-second gap across the start-finish line and doubling that advantage in the space of a couple of laps. Rosberg remained second, with Adrian Sutil – following a good initial start – still ahead of Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean and Daniel Ricciardo.

Both Red Bull and Ferrari made little secret of the fact that they had increased the tyre pressures on the second set of rubber, but the change did not appear to affect Vettel as he continued to hold firm at the front through the middle of the race, pulling enough of an advantage to ensure that he remained ahead during the second round of stops. More debris at the Stowe pointed to a fourth tyre failure, although it took some time for Esteban Gutierrez's problem to filter through, and there was no recourse to the safety car until the closing laps – when Vettel's car ground to a halt rounding the final turn of lap 41….

The German had been coming under pressure from Rosberg, but still held a lead approaching two seconds when his transmission gave up the ghost exiting the Vale chicane. Unable to pit, Vettel crawled to a standstill on the main straight, but the stewards deemed that his RB9 remained in a dangerous spot and called for the race to be neutralised once again.

2013 Formula 1 : British Grand Prix Race result 

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 52 1:32:59.456 2 25
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 52 +0.7 secs 4 18
3 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 52 +7.1 secs 9 15
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 52 +7.7 secs 1 12
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 52 +11.2 secs 8 10
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 52 +14.5 secs 11 8
7 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 52 +16.3 secs 6 6
8 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 52 +16.5 secs 5 4
9 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 52 +17.9 secs 21 2
10 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 52 +19.7 secs 14 1
11 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 52 +21.1 secs 15
12 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 52 +25.0 secs 16
13 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 52 +25.9 secs 10
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 52 +26.2 secs 17
15 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 52 +31.6 secs 18
16 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 52 +36.0 secs 19
17 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 52 +67.6 secs 20
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 52 +67.7 secs 22
19 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 51 +1 Lap 7
20 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 46 +6 Laps 13
Ret 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 41 Gearbox 3
Ret 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 35 Tyre 12

2013 Formula 1 : Drivers' Championship Standing

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 132
2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 111
3 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Lotus-Renault 98
4 Lewis Hamilton British Mercedes 89
5 Mark Webber Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 87
6 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 82
7 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 57
8 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 36
9 Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault 26
10 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 25
11 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 23
12 Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Ferrari 13
13 Sergio Perez Mexican McLaren-Mercedes 12
14 Daniel Ricciardo Australian STR-Ferrari 11
15 Nico Hulkenberg German Sauber-Ferrari 6
16 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Renault 0
17 Valtteri Bottas Finnish Williams-Renault 0
18 Esteban Gutierrez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 0
19 Jules Bianchi French Marussia-Cosworth 0
20 Charles Pic French Caterham-Renault 0
21 Max Chilton British Marussia-Cosworth 0
22 Giedo van der Garde Dutch Caterham-Renault 0

2013 Formula 1 : Teams' Championship Standing

Pos Team Points
1 Red Bull Racing-Renault 219
2 Mercedes 171
3 Ferrari 168
4 Lotus-Renault 124
5 Force India-Mercedes 59
6 McLaren-Mercedes 37
7 STR-Ferrari 24
8 Sauber-Ferrari 6
9 Williams-Renault 0
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0

Images : 2013 Formula 1 - British GP with Nico Rosberg




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