Nico Rosberg logged his second win of 2013 after a superb performance at Silverstone – but it was only confirmed after he escaped with a reprimand for not making a “significant reduction in speed” under double waved yellow flags.
Frustrated rivals pointed out that the German logged a purple sector – the fastest of the race to date – when the flags were shown.
Nevertheless it was a canny drive by Rosberg, who ran third early on and benefited from Lewis Hamilton’s tire failure and Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox breakage.
“A fantastic day definitely, and it’s very special because it’s the home Grand Prix of the team and the factory is 10 minutes away,” he said. “A lot of people, a lot of my fellow team members and colleagues are in the grandstands,
watching today and it’s very, very nice that I was able to give them such a great race and such a great result. They really deserve it – you really deserve it because you’ve worked so well all season. It’s great to see the momentum we have in the team at the moment.”
However he said it was too early to start talking about a title challenge.
“Well, I wouldn’t talk about that just yet but definitely the team has done such a good job during the season. Already in the winter, to come up with such a quick car, which we’ve had all year in qualifying, and now also progressing with tire management and getting that better and better to allow us to win races now, that’s fantastic to see.”
Rosberg says he’s looking forward to next week’s event in Germany: “Yeah, for sure. Going from the team’s home Grand Prix here to my second home Grand Prix – I already had one – fortunately for me I have two home Grands Prix, I managed to win that in Monaco.
“The second one coming up at Nurburgring. And it’s very special. I’m very proud to be German, driving a Silver Arrow, going to the Nurburgring, the history there, and having that great car that I have at the moment. I’m really looking forward to that.”