Mark Webber celebrated a magnificent fightback through the field while Sebastian Vettel was left to ponder what might have been after the British Grand Prix.
Championship leader Vettel looked in control of the race with just 12 laps to go before a gearbox failure ended his chances of picking up a second Silverstone victory.
But his ailment played into the hands of his team-mate Webber, who pitted for tyres behind the safety car, deployed to pick up Vettel’s stricken RB9.
With fresh rubber, Webber was able to breeze through the bunched-up field up into second place, before mounting a serious challenge to Nico Rosberg in the remaining four laps.
Rosberg would hold firm to take the victory, with Webber finishing second in his final British Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso completed the podium in third.
Team boss Christian Horner said: “To get within 12 laps of winning the race and have a retirement due to a transmission issue is pretty painful, particularly at this venue, but Sebastian had done everything right today and it was a great shame.
“For Mark, after a difficult start and being hit at the first corner, he made a great recovery with a good nose change from the guys and his drive from then on was fantastic.
“He got his head down, charged his way back through the field and came pretty close to claiming the victory, but nonetheless second place was a great performance from him on a big weekend for the team.”
The next race is the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring next weekend.