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Mercedes Nico Rosberg celebrates winning  the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Mercedes Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg walks down the paddock after leaving a steward's enquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg walks down the paddock after leaving a steward's enquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg walks down the paddock after leaving a steward's enquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg walks down the paddock after leaving a steward's enquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Mercedes Nico Rosberg in t after a he paddock after stewards inquiry after  the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Mercedes Nico Rosberg in t after a he paddock after stewards inquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg walks down the paddock after leave a steward's enquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg walks down the paddock after leave a steward's enquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg walks down the paddock after leave a steward's enquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg walks down the paddock after leave a steward's enquiry after the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on his way to victory followed by Red Bull's Mark Webber during the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on his way to victory followed by Red Bull's Mark Webber during the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates with team mates following his victory during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on June 30, 2013 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates with team mates following his victory during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on June 30, 2013 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on June 30, 2013 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on June 30, 2013 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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Mercedes Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 30, 2013. See PA story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use in print media and internet only. No mobile or TV. Commercial use with prior consent. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Nico Rosberg has been allowed to keep his British Grand Prix victory after the Mercedes driver was reprimanded by the stewards for failing to slow for yellow flags during today's race.

Rosberg crossed the line first on a dramatic afternoon at Silverstone, capitalising on a mechanical failure on Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull in a race marred by four identical Pirelli tyre failures.

But the FIA had asked Rosberg and a team representative to report to the race stewards, with 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell among their number, for appearing to fail to observe the yellow flags.

However, he was reprimanded, rather than handed a time penalty, rubber-stamping his second win of the season and third of his career.

Rosberg committed the offence between turns three and five at 14.06pm and, while the stewards found he had not made the required significant reduction in speed required, a reprimand was deemed sufficient punishment.

Once Vettel retired with a gearbox problem at the end of lap 41, Rosberg held off Mark Webber's late charge to take the win by just 0.7 seconds.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took advantage of championship leader Vettel's troubles with third place, closing his deficit to the German to 21 points.

Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton was fourth, but was left bitterly frustrated having led the early laps before becoming the first driver to fall victim to a Pirelli tyre failure.

The win was particularly sweet for Mercedes, with the team's Brackley base being so close to Silverstone, and Rosberg dedicated his win to the team.

He said: "It has been a fantastic day. It is very special because it is the home grand prix of the team and the factory is 10 minutes away.

"A lot of people, a lot of my fellow team members and colleagues were in the grandstands and it's very, very nice that I was able to give them such a great race and such a great result.

"They really deserve it because they've worked so well all season.

"It's great to see the momentum we have in the team at the moment."

Belfast Telegraph