SILVERSTONE, England — Nico Rosberg won the British Grand Prix on Sunday after four drivers, including early leader Lewis Hamilton, had to deal with exploding tires and three-time champion Sebastian Vettel quit with 10 laps remaining because of mechanical problems.
With Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber closing fast, Rosberg managed to win his second race of the year and third of his career by 0.7 seconds in a nail-biting finish – then had to survive a stewards inquiry.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who started ninth, made a late charge up the grid and got past Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen with two laps remaining to claim third. Hamilton also recovered to finish fourth, after his blown tire sent him to the back of the grid.
NHRA: In Joliet, Ill., Tony Schumacher’s engine exploded in a fireball Sunday as he crossed the finish line to win the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
Schumacher, the seven-time season champion from nearby Long Grove, raced to his third victory of the season and the 72nd of his career. He finished in 3.930 seconds at 269.29 mph to hold off Clay Millican and regain the season points lead.
GRAND-AM: In Watkins Glen, N.Y., Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa won the Six Hours of The Glen for their second consecutive Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series victory. Fittipaldi held off Michael Valiante by 0.265 seconds in the second-closest finish in the history of the Daytona Prototype class on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International road circuit.
The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP teammates also won June 15 at Mid-Ohio.
“It’s a great feeling going two in a row,” said Fittipaldi, treated for dehydration after the race. “We didn’t have the quickest car on the track, but the team did an outstanding job capitalizing on opportunities and getting to the checkered flag.”