Formula One: Rosberg wins at Silverstone.
A great moment for me and our team.
Nico Rosberg won an eventful British Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton finishing in fourth place after a battling drive. Nico took his third career win, the 12th for a Mercedes car and the 98th for a Mercedes engine in F1. “This is a great moment for me and our team to win in the home of motor racing at Silverstone”, said Nico. “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. The race was really exciting. I had to manage the tyres really carefully, I was told to avoid the kerbs. 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.”
Lewis led the first eight laps from pole; after a tyre failure, he dropped to last place and then fought back to P4. “Of course, I’m disappointed by this race and I would have loved to deliver the win this afternoon for all the British fans here at Silverstone”, said Lewis. “The race started so well for us; 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.”
Nico didn’t put a foot wrong.
With this afternoon’s result, the team had climbed to second place in the Constructors’ Championship on 171 points. This total, after eight races, exceeds the team’s total points scored in the entire 2012 season (142). “Nico didn’t put a foot wrong”, said Ross Brawn. “He drove extremely well, looked after the tyres like he needed to and was in the perfect place to pick up the pieces when others ran into trouble. It got very tense in the final laps, but Nico showed he had the speed to respond and the composure to bring the car home.
As for Lewis, he showed exactly what he’s made of. He was driving beautifully at the front of the field and slowing pulling away when he suffered the tyre failure. Then he went from dead last on lap nine to fourth at the finish – and he was lapping incredibly quickly with a damaged car in the final laps.”
Toto Wolff concluded the eighth race of the season at Silverstone: “What a great day for our team. The guys in Brackley and Brixworth have worked so hard in the past weeks and months to deliver this kind of performance, always with the total support and commitment of our board in Stuttgart. Nico drove beautifully and Lewis was full of fight and determination to come from the back of the grid to the edge of the podium. Most of all, this is a win for everybody who has worked so hard at our factories to pull us into contention at the front of the field. In a normal race, on a demanding circuit, we were right there in qualifying and all through the race, which is probably the best news.”