British Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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British Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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After one of the wildest Formula One races auto racing fans could ever dream of, it was Team Mercedes' Nico Rosberg who finally took the checkered flag and won the 2013 British Grand Prix from the famous Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom.

Team Red Bull's Mark Weber made the race interesting at the end by bringing the heat to Rosberg's bumper, but he was unable to make the final pass for the win. Weber finished second, and Fernando Alonso made it back to third for the final spot on the podium.

While any victory in Formula One is a special feeling, walking away from a race as unpredictable as what was seen in the 2013 edition of the British Grand Prix is huge. This was Rosberg's second win of the season, as he also took the victory at Monaco earlier in the year.

 

Full British Grand Prix 2013 Results

Pos Driver Car # Team Started
1 Nico Rosberg 9 Mercedes 2
2 Mark Webber 2 Red Bull 4
3 Fernando Alonso 3 Ferrari 9
4 Lewis Hamilton 10 Mercedes 1
5 Kimi Raikkonen 7 Lotus 8
6 Felipe Massa 4 Ferrari 11
7 Adrian Sutil 15 Force India 6
8 Daniel Ricciardo 19 Toro Rosso 5
9 Paul di Resta 14 Force India 21
10 Nico Hulkenberg 11 Sauber 14
11 Pastor Maldonado 16 Williams 15
12 Valtteri Bottas 17 Williams 16
13 Jenson Button 5 McLaren 10
14 Esteban Gutierrez 12 Sauber 17
15 Charles Pic 20 Caterham 18
16 Jules Bianchi 22 Marussia 19
17 Max Chilton 23 Marussia 20
18 Giedo van der Garde 21 Caterham 22
19 Romain Grosjean 8 Lotus 7
20 Sergio Perez 6 McLaren 13
21 Sebastian Vettel 1 Red Bull 3
22 Jean-Eric Vergne 18 Toro Rosso 12

Finishing order via NBC Sports.

 

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Team Mercedes star, fan favorite and pole sitter Lewis Hamilton had an amazing start to the race; he looked to be the class of the field in front of his home crowd at Silverstone. But after leading the first several laps, Hamilton’s left-rear exploded on Lap 7 and sent the talented driver to the pits early.

That opened the door for points leader Sebastian Vettel to take the overall lead.

It was just a few laps later that another top contender, Felipe Massa, faced the same fate as Hamilton. Massa's left-rear tire blew out in a corner and the Ferrari spun through the grass and caused some serious damage.

The story of the day became how many cars were forced to deal with blown tires—three in the first 15 laps of the race—and it forced out the safety car to slow the field down.

After the safety car ducked off the course, the race calmed down a bit and the running order remained relatively unchanged with no further major tire issues.  

Vettel was the class of the field on Sunday, but his teammate, Webber, was working his way through the field all day. Vettel was cruising to a sure win, but on Lap 42, the Team Red Bull car lost its gear box and was unable to continue. This opened the door for eventual winner Rosberg and the rest of the field.

The madness of the last few laps made this one of the most enjoyable events of the Formula One season, and the amazing battle for the final spots in the finishing order made even the most causal racing fans feel the energy of the sport.

 

2013 F1 Championship Standings

Rank Driver Points Behind Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Laps Led
1 Sebastian Vettel 132 - 3 7 7 1 186
2 Fernando Alonso 111 21 2 5 7 1 85
3 Kimi Raikkonen 98 34 1 5 8 0 32
4 Lewis Hamilton 89 43 0 7 7 0 18
5 Mark Webber 87 45 0 5 7 1 32
6 Nico Rosberg 82 50 2 4 6 2 104
7 Felipe Massa 57 75 0 3 6 1 4
8 Paul di Resta 36 96 0 1 7 1 3
9 Romain Grosjean 26 106 0 1 4 3 0
10 Jenson Button 25 107 0 1 5 1 8
11 Adrian Sutil 23 109 0 1 4 2 11
12 Jean-Eric Vergne 13 119 0 0 3 3 0
13 Sergio Perez 12 120 0 0 3 2 0
14 Daniel Ricciardo 11 121 0 0 3 3 0
15 Nico Hulkenberg 6 126 0 0 3 2 8
16 Pastor Maldonado 0 132 0 0 0 3 0
17 Valtteri Bottas 0 132 0 0 0 0 0
18 Esteban Gutierrez 0 132 0 0 0 2 2
19 Jules Bianchi 0 132 0 0 0 1 0
20 Charles Pic 0 132 0 0 0 1 0
21 Max Chilton 0 132 0 0 0 0 0
22 Giedo van der Garde 0 132 0 0 0 2 0

 

The next challenge on tap for the Formula One drivers will be July 7’s German Grand Prix at the world-famous Nuerburgring track. The race will be televised on CNBC in the United States starting at 8 a.m., and the defending champion for the race is Fernando Alonso.

 

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