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Exploding tires mar Rosberg's win at British Grand Prix

SILVERSTONE, England — Nico Rosberg won the British Grand Prix after four drivers, including early leader Lewis Hamilton, had to deal with exploding tires Sunday.

The German held off Mark Webber by 0.7 seconds to win his second race of the year and third of his career.

"Fantastic. It's very special," said Rosberg, who after the race received a warning from stewards for not slowing down during yellow flags. "Our team has done such a fantastic job. We have such momentum at the moment, progressing all the time."

Three-time champion Sebastian Vettel exited with 10 laps left because of mechanical problems. He finished next-to-last but still leads the points race by 21 over Fernando Alonso with 11 races left.

The exploding tires began on Lap 8 with Hamilton. Two laps later, it was Felipe Massa. Five laps after that, it was Jean-Eric Vergne. And on Lap 46, it was Sergio Perez.

Alonso admitted he was "scared" after being sprayed with debris from Perez's tire. Rosberg called for action to prevent a similar situation at next week's race in Germany.

"We shouldn't get into that situation," he said. "We need to … sort it out and make the tires last."

FIA, the sport's governing body, ordered tire supplier Pirelli to attend a meeting Wednesday in Germany. Pirelli said it was investigating and "there may be some aspect of the circuit" that contributed to the problem.

Hamilton was angry after the race.

"The safety is the biggest issue. It's unacceptable," he said. "Four blowouts is unacceptable. It's only when someone gets hurt that someone will be doing something about it. I think it's a waste of time talking to the FIA. If they don't do anything, that says a lot about them."

NHRA: Tony Schumacher's engine exploded in a fireball as he crossed the finish line to win the Top Fuel title at the Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill. The seven-time season champion finished in 3.930 seconds at 269.29 mph to hold off Clay Millican and regain the points lead. Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.

Exploding tires mar Rosberg's win at British Grand Prix 06/30/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 30, 2013 9:59pm]

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