Nico Rosberg has admitted that he initially felt Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had mis-timed the pit-stop that handed him the lead of the British Grand Prix.

As it turned out, Hamilton had managed to ace the timing of the stop as drizzle turned to full-on rain and left the world champion perfectly placed to retake control of the closing stages of an event already marked by a lot of drama. Rosberg had to complete the majority of another lap before being able to join his team-mate on the more suitable intermediate Pirellis, and could do nothing to prevent the home favourite from taking the chequered flag first.

"It was a good race and I was pushing hard to try and catch Lewis under the difficult conditions, but then he just made the better call with the pit-stops," Rosberg confirmed.

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The German, who came into the Silverstone event having comfortably handled Hamilton in the previous race in Austria, had run fourth for much of the opening part after both Mercedes were jumped by the Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, but came into his own as the conditions worsened.

"I was very thankful that the rain came," he noted, "I felt great and was able to attack and pass both Williams and close on Lewis a lot. I was hoping it would stay like that so that I could attack Lewis at some point, but then he boxed [pitted].

"I was pretty sure it was the wrong call as it was still touch and go at that time, so I was actually quite happy that he boxed - but then it proved to be the right call as it began raining more at the end of that lap and that was it.

"I had to take that chance and stay out at least another lap because just following Lewis into the box was a definite lose for me, but it didn't work out."

Hamilton's win at the head of another Mercedes 1-2 increases the Briton's championship advantage back to 17 points ahead of the three-week gap to Hungary, where he won under pressure from Rosberg last season.