Silverstone: German driver Nico Rosberg won his second race in the last three Grand Prix when he triumphed in a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.
Rosberg, who was 28 last Thursday, came home in his Mercedes just ahead of the Red Bull of Australian Mark Webber, who announced last week he would be leaving the sport at the end of the season, while Spain's two-time champion Fernando Alonso was third in a Ferrari. (Pics)
British driver Lewis Hamilton finished fourth in a remarkable drive after his left rear tyre deflated early in the race and he re-entered the Grand Prix in last spot.
Alonso closed the gap in the overall standings on three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel, who was leading when he was forced to retire on the 42nd lap.
Vettel has 132 points while Alonso has 111. (Racecentre)
For Mercedes it was their first win in the race since Stirling Moss won at Aintree in 1955.
It was the Mercedes team's first victory in Britain since Stirling Moss won at Aintree in 1955 and Rosberg's second in three races and third of his career.
But the race was overshadowed by a dangerous spate of Pirelli tyre failures, including one that blew home hero Briton Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a home win in the other Mercedes car as he led from pole position.
In all, four drivers were hit by tyre blowouts while championship leading defending triple world champion German Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire his Red Bull for the first time this year after inheriting the lead.
Hamilton's tyre explosion was followed by others for Brazilian Felipe Massa of Ferrari, Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso and Mexican Sergio Perez of McLaren in a contest that saw two Safety Car interventions.
Webber, who fell to 15th on the opening lap, fought back to finish second in his first race since announcing he was quitting Formula One at the end of the season ahead of two-time champion German Fernando Alonso in the second Ferrari and Hamilton, who stormed from the back to finish fourth despite his tyre failure.
Alonso closed the gap in the overall standings on Vettel, who has 132 points while the Spaniard is on 111 after eight races with the next race the German Grand Prix next Sunday.
Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, finished fifth for Lotus ahead of Massa, German Adrian Sutil of Force India and rising hope Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso.
Briton Paul Di Resta of Force India finished ninth and German Nico Hulkenberg 10th for Sauber on an amazing day in rare British sunshine.
Story first published on: Sunday, 30 June 2013 19:19 IST