"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.