GALLERY: Alonso wins dramatic British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton finished fourth for Mclaren

Lewis Hamilton finished fourth for Mclaren

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Fernando Alonso won a thrilling British Grand Prix for Ferrari at Silverstone on Sunday as British driver Lewis Hamilton grabbed fourth.

Alonso took the lead following a pit-stop problem for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, the latter eventually finishing second, with team-mate Mark Webber close behind in third.

Local teams did well, Nico Rosberg finishing sixth for Brackley-based Mercedes and Michael Schumacher taking ninth spot.

Adrian Sutil came in 11th for Silverstone-based Force India and Paul Di Resta 15th.

McLaren’s Jenson Button retired following a problem at his final pit-stop when he set off to rejoin the race without a wheel nut on his right front wheel and had to stop in the pit exit.

Vettel took the lead at the start from Webber, who began from pole, as the drivers had to cope with tricky conditions on a track that was wet in parts.

Hamilton drove an extraordinary race, moving up from 10th to take third from Alonso on lap 15.But as the track dried, the race turned on its head.

Alonso started to clock the fastest laps, closing on Hamilton and re-passing him and then on the Red Bulls.

He and Vettel came in on the same lap, 27, for their penultimate stops, and a delay fitting the left-rear wheel to the Red Bull enabled Alonso to pass Vettel in the pits and take the lead.

Alonso extended his lead, building it to 10 seconds by the time the Red Bull made its final pit stop.

>>See this Friday’s Advertiser & Review for a full report by Motorsport Correspondent James Beckett.