Rosberg lauds Hamilton

Date published: July 10 2016

Nico Rosberg congratulated four-time British Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton after playing second fiddle to him all weekend.

The German’s hopes of pipping his teammate at the start of the race was dashed when it was announced that the race at Silverstone would commence under the safety car due to the heavy rain that fell.

When the safety car finally pulled in, Hamilton got ahead of the pack straight away, leaving Rosberg to chase him for the remaining laps.

During the race, the Mercedes driver was also under constant threat from Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who managed to overtake him on lap 16. However, Rosberg managed to claim back his P2 spot later in the race.

“It was a bit of a tricky start, Max got me and it was an exciting race against him,” said the 30-year-old after the race.

“I managed to get him round the outside which I was happy about.

“Congratulations to Lewis, he did a great job this weekend and I just couldn’t reach him, no way, so second place which I have to live with today.”

Hamilton is now only four points behind Rosberg on the Drivers’ Championship table as the two will now move their battle for the number one spot to Budapest next.

Rosberg also suffered gearbox troubles in the closing stages of the race, which prompted Mercedes to give him clear instructions on how to overcome the problem. The incident is being investigated by the FIA.