Nico won an eventful British Grand Prix with Lewis finishing in fourth place after a battling drive. Nico took his third career win this afternoon, the 12th for a Mercedes car and the 98th for a Mercedes engine in F1.
Lewis led the first eight laps from pole; after a tyre failure, he dropped to last place and then fought back to P4. Both drivers started the race on option tyres and then ran prime tyres for the rest of the race. Nico stopped on laps 12, 34 & 42, the latter stop a precaution owing to a damaged tyre, Lewis pitted on laps 8 & 36.
With this afternoon's result, the team had climbed to second place in the Constructors' Championship on 171 points.
This total, after eight races, exceeds the team's total points scored in the entire 2012 season (142)
For Ross, “it is a very special feeling to win here at Silverstone and especially at the end of such a dramatic afternoon. Nico didn't put a foot wrong today: 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.
As for Lewis, he showed exactly what he's made of today. He was driving beautifully at the front of the field and slowing pulling away when he suffered the tyre failure. Then he went from dead last on lap nine 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. But the biggest praise of all must go to our team.
We have worked night and day this year to improve this car, solve our tyre management issues and put ourselves in a position to take the fight to our rivals.
Today, we took another big step in the right direction and perhaps we have turned a corner now. It's extra special to have done it here at Silverstone, in front of our colleagues, family and friends. Congratulations to the entire team.”
“What a great day for our team” said Toto. “The guys in Brackley and Brixworth have worked so hard in the past weeks and months to deliver this kind of performance, always with the total support and commitment of our board in Stuttgart.
Today, we began to deliver on the potential we have shown this year. Both cars were right on the pace all the way through the race and, while we had misfortune with Lewis, we also enjoyed good fortune with the final Safety Car period, which allowed Nico to change a damaged tyre without penalty.
Nico drove beautifully and Lewis was full of fight and determination to come from the back of the grid to the edge of the podium.
Most of all, this is a win for everybody who has worked so hard at our factories to pull us into contention at the front of the field. In a normal race, on a demanding circuit, we were right there in qualifying and all through the race, which is probably the best news from today.
So thank you to Stuttgart, to Brixworth and to Brackley. Now we need to keep pushing because we still have a lot more to achieve this season.”