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.
#F1 A race surrounded by controversy and full of recoveries. What a British Grand Prix we had today— Formula 1 News (@Formula1_com) June 30, 2013
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
|2||Mark Webber||2||Red Bull||4|
|7||Adrian Sutil||15||Force India||6|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||19||Toro Rosso||5|
|9||Paul di Resta||14||Force India||21|
|18||Giedo van der Garde||21||Caterham||22|
|21||Sebastian Vettel||1||Red Bull||3|
|22||Jean-Eric Vergne||18||Toro Rosso||12|
Finishing order via NBC Sports.
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.
Daniel Ricciardo's tyre explodes on the run into Stowe. Safety car deployed at Silverstone. Follow the action here http://t.co/cNJLSMV9yV— Sky Sports (@SkySports) June 30, 2013
Chaos at Silverstone! Tyres exploding all over the pace - that's four in the space of a few laps. http://t.co/dAtwjKqzyC— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) June 30, 2013
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.
Sebastian Vettel is out of the British Grand Prix. Red Bull's first retirement due to gearbox failure in more than 6 years (Canada 2007) #f1— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) June 30, 2013
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|
|8||Paul di Resta||36||96||0||1||7||1||3|
|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.