Formula One

 
             === Rosberg looking for another win in British GP ===
 
 Silverstone,  England  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  While  Mercedes  holds  a  near
 insurmountable  lead  in the Formula One constructors' championship standings,
 teammates  Nico  Rosberg and  Lewis Hamilton  take their  battle for the world
 championship into this weekend's British Grand Prix.
 
 Heading into round 9 of the 2014 F1 season, Rosberg holds a 29-point lead over
 Hamilton.  Rosberg  added to his  lead by winning  the Austrian Grand Prix two
 weeks  ago. Hamilton finished  second in that race. It was the sixth time this
 season that Mercedes had a 1-2 finish in a grand prix.
 
 "The last race weekend in Austria was not an easy one for us overall, so I was
 delighted to come away with the win and even more so for the team to have both
 cars at the front when we crossed the line," Rosberg said.
 
 Rosberg  and  Hamilton were the  top-two drivers  in both of Friday's practice
 sessions  at  Silverstone Circuit. Rosberg  led the  way in the first practice
 with  a lap  around this  3.667-mile  (5.891-kilometer), 18-turn  course in  1
 minute, 35.424 seconds. Hamilton's best lap in P1 was clocked in 1:36.155.
 
 "That was a very productive day, and the car felt really great, so I'm feeling
 quite  confident  for the  weekend," Rosberg  said. "We seem  to be very quick
 here, and my long run at the end of the afternoon was very good."
 
 In  the  second practice, Hamilton  had the best  lap in 1:34.508, followed by
 Rosberg  in 1:34.736.  Hamilton, though, experienced an engine problem, ending
 his session with 30 minutes remaining.
 
 "The  car felt pretty good here [on Friday], but unfortunately, I lost my most
 important  run of the day in the afternoon when I stopped out on track with an
 engine  problem," Hamilton  said. "We will change my program around [Saturday]
 morning  to  try and  recover the time  that I  lost and make  sure that I can
 complete my race preparation with a long run."
 
 Hamilton  has  four victories compared  to three  for Rosberg this season. But
 Hamilton  had retirements  in Australia and Canada, putting him behind Rosberg
 in the fight for the world championship.
 
 Rosberg is the defending winner of the British GP. Rosberg avoided tire issues
 that  plagued several  drivers, including  Hamilton, and  then capitalized  on
 Sebastian  Vettel's  gearbox problem with  his Red Bull  car late in the race.
 Hamilton started on the pole and led the way before his tire blew on lap 8.
 
 Vettel  experienced  a faulty  gearbox while  leading with 11  laps to go. His
 retirement  allowed Rosberg to take the top spot for good. Rosberg claimed his
 second win of the season and third of his F1 career.
 
 "Silverstone  is another special  place for me, as I managed to win there last
 season,"  he  said. "It was  actually very  close to my  birthday, and I had a
 really cool experience after the race."
 
 Silverstone Circuit is situated in an area known as 'Motorsport Valley.' Eight
 of  the 11 F1 teams are clustered within 125 kilometers of the track. In order
 of distance, they are McLaren (125km), Williams (65km), Caterham (59km), Lotus
 (40km),  Red Bull  (33km), Marussia (24km) and Mercedes (13km). Force India is
 based a few hundred meters from the front gates of the circuit.
 
 Series: Formula One. Date: Sunday, July 6. Race: British Grand Prix. Site:
 Silverstone Circuit. Track: 3.667-mile (5.891-kilometer), 18-turn road course.
 Start Time: 8 a.m. ET. Laps: 52. Miles: 190.262 (306.198 km). 2013 Winner:
 Nico Rosberg. Television: CNBC.
 
 07/04 22:20:29 ET

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