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Safety Car makes for thrilling final stages of race (VIDEO)

Jun 30, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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Sebastian Vettel’s retirement with eleven laps to go in today’s British Grand Prix may not have been well received by any fans of Red Bull Racing or the triple-champion driver, but the subsequent safety car did create a wonderful dynamic that made the final few laps of the race all the more tense and exciting.

Vettel’s stoppage gave drivers the chance to stop for fresh tires after the numerous failures to the Pirelli compounds gave many cause for concern. However, not all of the front runners took advantage of this. Nico Rosberg pitted and stayed in the lead thanks to the large gap to P2, but Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso both lost out as they looked to prepare for one final charge. Kimi Raikkonen did not pit, questioning over the radio: “I don’t know if we have made the right choice not to pit,” with his engineer telling him that it was too late to think about that by the time he asked.

Webber and Alonso soon scythed their way through the field, with Hamilton in the Ferrari’s tow, meaning that the final few laps of the British Grand Prix kept viewers at the track and at home on the very edge of their seats.

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  1. motionman69 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Are you serious NBC Sports????? After starting my dvr and getting ready to watch the F1 race at silverstone, jimmy roberts broadcasts the results before the programming even starts??? WTF????? And then they jump to bicycle racing for 20 minutes. Speed’s crappy coverage never let that happen! What a joke this is! Great work dumbasses!

  2. badrando - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Way to blow it NBC.. You have your broadcaster tell everyone the results of the race right before you air it??? Then you give us 20 minutes of bike racing before it starts?

    Nice one jackass….

  3. purplesectornet - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    its amazing how much not paying attention can bring so many of you out of the woodwork…I don’t see what the problem is, I had no trouble figuring out the race was on CNBC… ??

    • motionman69 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      purplesectornet you’re the dumbass that doesn’t pay attention. Second go round doesn’t give the liberty of providing the results before the show even starts. Is that clear enough for you??? No one said anything about the first broadcast on CNBC.

  4. purplesectornet - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    oh look another anonymous tough guy talking shit. This site has become a joke…just a bunch of tools hurling swear woods and insults…

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