Brawn: Rosberg didn't put a foot wrong
1 July 2013 – Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has lauded Nico Rosberg for his performance in Sunday afternoon's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with the German taking full advantage of the drama unfolding around him to record a third career triumph.
Having started from second on the grid, Rosberg initially dropped to third as the race got underway, but when team-mate Lewis Hamilton suffered a tyre failure and Sebastian Vettel retired with a gearbox issue, his path to the victory was cleared.
He then survived a late scare in the form of a resurgent Mark Webber, who finished just seven tenths adrift after pitting for fresh tyres under the final Safety Car period.
"Nico didn't put a foot wrong," Brawn reflected after the Grand Prix. "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 after the second Safety Car period, but Nico showed he had the speed to respond and the composure to bring the car home. It's his second victory in three races and really deserved."
Brawn was also quick to praise Hamilton for his recovery efforts, the latter having dropped to the back of the field after suffering his left-rear blow-out while in the lead.
"As for Lewis, he showed exactly what he's made of," said Brawn. "He was driving beautifully at the front and slowing pulling away when he suffered the tyre failure.
"Then he went from dead last on Lap 9 to fourth at the finish - and he was lapping incredibly quickly with a damaged car in the final laps. I am sure he will take a lot of encouragement for the rest of the season from the basic pace we showed today."
Mercedes' Silverstone result moves the team up to second in the Constructors' battle, with Red Bull's lead trimmed to 48 points ahead of the German Grand Prix.