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Alonso takes commanding victory at Silverstone

Vettel beats Webber to the first corner

Vettel beats Webber to the first corner

Fernando Alonso took total command of the British Grand Prix, winning by over 20 seconds. Sebastian Vettel was 2nd, but was hounded to the flag by Mark Webber, who may have passed if not for team orders on the final lap. Lewis Hamilton was 4th, after a vicious battle with Felipe Massa to the flag. Nico Rosberg held off Sergio Perez for 6th, Nick Heidfeld was 8th, Michael Schumacher took 9th despite a stop/go penalty, and Jaime Alguersuari took one point. Here is the full report:

WIth one half of the circuit wet, the entire grid started out on the intermediate tyres. At the start, Webber bogged down, while a perfect start from Vettel launched him into the lead. Jenson Button moved up into 5th, while Lewis Hamilton overtook 2 cars around the outside to move into 8th.

Button soon began to lose pace, and was swiftly taken by his teammate, and Paul di Resta began to challenge him for 6th place. Once he was past, Lewis harrassed Felipe Massa for 5th, but running wide at the end of the Wellington Straight lost him track time.

Despite DRS being enabled on Lap 6, most of the frontrunners were split up by several seconds, and lost the opportunity to use the rear wing. Further back, Michael Schumacher lost control at Turn 6, and hit the back of Kamui Kobayashi, spinning the Sauber and forcing Michael to pit for a new front wing – which gave him the opportunity to be the first to take on soft tyres.

However, Schumacher instantly started setting fastest sectors, prompting Button and Nick Heidfeld to pit for slicks. A new fastest lap from Schumacher was the final indicator, as most of the field pitted for softs.

However, with Webber and Alonso pitting, Vettel and Massa were forced to stay out for one extra lap. They pitted on Lap 14, but for Massa, the damage was already done, dropping him to 5th. Sebastian, on the other hand, survived the conditions well to exit the pits comfortably in the lead.

Button was much quicker than Felipe, and made a fantastic move around the outside of the Ferrari. Similarly struggling with his tyres, Alonso fell prey to Hamilton, who moved up to 3rd.

As in Canada, Vettel seemed to lack pace in the slightly damp conditions. Webber began catching his teammate at a rate of 2 seconds a lap, and very quickly began challenging the world champion. Jaime Alguersuari made a series of passes in a few laps, getting past Kamui Kobayashi and Maldonado to move up to 12th.

Beginning to lose pace, Kobayashi’s race was ruined by a stop-and-go penalty for an unsafe release, having swerved into the Force India pits to avoid a Williams, ripping out a few wheel guns. However, the 10 second wait overheated his engine, forcing Kamui to retire a few laps later.

Alonso used DRS to the max, passing Hamilton for 3rd. With this, Lewis decided he’d had enough of those tyres, pitting on Lap 25. Vettel and Alonso pitted on Lap 27, but a mistake with a wheel gun cost Vettel the lead, dropping the Red Bull to 3rd place.

The order of the field was completely shaken up, with Alonso now leading Hamilton, Vettel and Webber. Fernando tore away with the lead, while Hamilton was pressurised by Vettel, with Webber keeping an eye on proceedings behind.

Jenson Button's wheel detaches as he leaves the pit lane

Jenson Button's wheel detaches as he leaves the pit lane

A brilliant battle emerged between the two for several laps, which ended when Vettel pitted with 15 laps to go. Hamilton followed the Red Bull’s strategy a lap later, but it was too late, with Sebastian moving into 2nd place. Alonso pitted 3 laps later, comfortably in the lead.

Button pitted at the same time as Fernando, but stopped at the end of the pit lane, with a wheel not attached properly. Replays showed that the mechanic went to change wheel guns, but Button was released before the wheel was secured.

The battle for the final podium spot began to heat up, with Hamilton instructed to save more fuel, allowing Webber to move closer to the McLaren. A DRS-assisted move pushed Mark up into 3rd, while Lewis was left fuming.

Hamilton pips Massa in an enthralling finish

Hamilton pips Massa in an enthralling finish

It was set to get even worse for Hamilton, as Felipe Massa began a last-gasp charge for 4th place, ripping away at the McLaren’s lead every lap. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel was reeled in by Webber with 2 laps to go.

Both battles reached a climax on the final lap. Webber pushed Vettel to his limits, but was ordered by Christian Horner to stay behind his teammate. Meanwhile, the most incredible battle developed between Massa and Hamilton – at the last corner. Felipe dived around the outside, then Lewis slammed into the Ferrari with some force. Massa moved to the outside for the race to the chequered flag, but slipped and ran wide as he crossed the line, allowing Hamilton to rip 4th place out of his hands with milliseconds to go.

With such tension on the last lap, very few even noticed Fernando Alonso crossing the line to take his first win of the season. It was a supreme drive from the Spaniard, extending a 20 second lead to Vettel in 20 laps.

Alonso takes his first victory of the year

Alonso takes his first victory of the year

Vettel was surely releived to keep 2nd, while it remains to be seen how Webber will react after clear team orders. Hamilton was still annoyed at his team, but Massa must have been furious after being hit by Lewis at the final corner.

Webber pips Vettel in Silverstone qualifying

Mark Webber will start on pole position for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix. The Australian was 0.04 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel, while both Red Bulls were challenged by the Ferraris. Lewis Hamilton had a torrid qualifying, while Paul di Resta drove brilliantly to 6th position. Here is the full report:

Q1

Heikki Kovalainen got through to Q2

Heikki Kovalainen got through to Q2

After heavy rain on Friday, the track was certainly not in prime position. Instead of only one or two short runs, most of the field opted to take on heavy fuel and stay out longer, in order to help the track rubber in.

The times tumbled during the session, with Felipe Massa and even Pastor Maldonado leading at certain points.

Mark Webber went fastest with a 1:32.6 with 6 minutes to go. However, the rain returned once again, ruining the final laps of those in the drop zone. The Toro Rossos of Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi suffered most, finishing 18th and 19th. Heikki Kovalainen pushed his way up to 16th.

Daniel Ricciardo failed to beat Vitantonio Liuzzi in his first qualifying session, falling away by 0.6 seconds. Nick Heidfeld just scraped through to Q2, finishing in 17th place.

Drivers knocked out in Q1:

18) Jaime Alguersuari – 1:35.245

19) Sebastien Buemi – 1:35.749

20) Timo Glock – 1:36.203

21) Jarno Trulli 1:36.456

22) Jerome D’Ambrosio – 1:37.154

23) Vitantonio Liuzzi – 1:37.484

24) Daniel Ricciardo – 1:38.059

107% time: 1:39.156

Q2

Pastor Maldonado edged through to Q3

Pastor Maldonado edged through to Q3

While the rain quickly stopped, the track remained damp as Q2 began. Several cars emerged from the pits on soft tyres, while both Mercedes drivers took on intermediates.

Rosberg and Schumacher were joined by Fernando Alonso on inters, while it became apparent that certain parts of the track were unsuitable for dry tyres. Despite this, the dry tyres soon became the way to go, as the times began to tumble again.

Both Williams drivers topped the timesheets for several minutes, before being beaten by Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez. Mark Webber, and then Adrian Sutil, thrashed that time by 2 seconds.

Fernando Alonso set a 1:31.727 to go fastest. Vettel went 4th, while Massa and Webber moved to the top.

With 1 minute to go, the times were still falling, as a last gap charge for Q3 began. Pastor Maldonado edged out Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez for 10th place, while Button leaped from 14th t0 4th on his final lap.

Drivers knocked out of Q2:

11) Adrian Sutil – 1:32.617

12) Sergio Perez – 1:32.624

13) Michael Schumacher – 1:32.656

14) Vitaly Petrov – 1:32.734

15) Rubens Barrichell0 – 1:33.119

16) Nick Heidfeld – 1:33.805

17) Heikki Kovalainen – 1:34.821

Q3

Webber broke Vettel's streak of pole positions

Webber broke Vettel's streak of pole positions

With more rain expected for Q3, the smarter drivers were the first out of the pits. Sebastian Vettel set a 1:30.431, while Mark Webber went 4 hundreths faster than his teammate.

The Ferraris went 3rd and 4th, while the McLarens were horribly off the pace. Button was 1.5 seconds off Webber, with Hamilton a further second behind.

Kamui Kobayashi and Nico Rosberg went 8th and 9th, with Hamilton relegated to 10th. Paul di Resta impressively went 6th, ahead of Pastor Maldonado.

With 3 minutes to go, the final runs were being prepared. However, the rain began to fall again, albeit not as intensive as before. While Jenson Button went out for a final lap time, he gave up before the end of sector 1. Nico Rosberg bravely tried a last-gasp run, but a slip entering the Hangar Straight ended his lap prematurely.

With no further fast laps to be set, Mark Webber was declared to have pole position, marginally ahead of his teammate. Alonso was one tenth off Vettel, with Massa and Button 4th and 5th. Paul di Resta put in a fantastic lap to go 6th.

Webber heads damp Friday practice in Britain

Kobayashi parks his broken Sauber

Kobayashi parks his broken Sauber

Mark Webber led the first practice session of the British Grand Prix weekend, as rain disrupted proceedings.

The session was initially damp, then rain fell within the hour, ensuring times would not go near those set last year.

Michael Schumacher suffered several off-track moments, but still led the session several times across the 90 minutes. Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso traded fastest laps, until the session was yellow flagged for Kamui Kobayashi’s crash.

The Sauber driver lost control at the exit of Club, spun and slammed into the barriers opposite the pits, almost rolling his car in the process.

Once the yellow flags were cleared with less than 10 minutes to go, the times fell, and Webber posted a 1:46.603 to go fastest. Schumacher stayed 2nd, while Rubens Barrichello was 3rd for Williams. Sergio Perez managed 4th place.

Sebastian Vettel had a troubled session, as his Red Bull was seen pouring smoke when in the pits. He was relegated to 13th place, not going out in the fastest part of the session.

Daniel Ricciardo’s debut drive for HRT went without incident, the Australian finishing last, 9 tenths off Jerome D’Ambrosio, and 1.2 seconds away from his teammate.

Times from FP1:


 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:46.603            19
 2.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:47.263  + 0.660   20
 3.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:47.347  + 0.744   23
 4.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:47.422  + 0.819   22
 5.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:47.562  + 0.959   13
 6.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:47.758  + 1.155   23
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:48.161  + 1.558   16
 8.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:48.549  + 1.946   21
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:48.598  + 1.995   19
10.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:48.678  + 2.075   22
11.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:48.730  + 2.127   18
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:48.778  + 2.175   18
13.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:48.794  + 2.191   21
14.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1:48.809  + 2.206   17
15.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:48.841  + 2.238   23
16.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                1:48.941  + 2.338   20
17.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1:49.603  + 3.000   15
18.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:50.133  + 3.530   17
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1:50.222  + 3.619   14
20.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault          1:51.119  + 4.516   17
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1:52.470  + 5.867   17
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1:53.143  + 6.540   20
23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1:53.469  + 6.866   26
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1:54.334  + 7.731   24

DRS zone on Wellington Straight for Silverstone

One straight will be used for DRS in Silverstone

One straight will be used for DRS in Silverstone

One single DRS zone will be used for the British Grand Prix.

The activation zone will feature for the entire Wellington Straight, the back straight section that was added in renovations last year.

It will continue on until the braking zone of Turn 6 (corner numbers were changed after relocation of pit straight). The detection area will be in the braking zone of Village (Turn 3).

This DRS location will give drivers the opportunity to use DRS through the Turn 4 kink all throughout the weekend, so expect to see Red Bull making full use of this feature.

Ricciardo to drive for HRT from British GP onwards

Ricciardo is expected to alternate drives with Liuzzi and Karthikeyan

Ricciardo is expected to alternate drives with Liuzzi and Karthikeyan

Daniel Ricciardo, former test driver for Toro Rosso, has been confirmed as a race driver for HRT, starting from the British Grand Prix.

Oddly enough, the team statement did not explain which of their drivers would be replaced, suggesting that their 3 drivers may shuffle positions for the rest of the year.

The deal was made between Hispania and Dr. Helmut Marko, a senior figure in Red Bull Racing. This will further fuel rumours that Ricciardo has been hand-picked to race for Red Bull in several years.

The statement from the team reads as follows:

"Hispania Racing and Red Bull Racing signed a collaboration deal today which allows 
young Australian talent Daniel Ricciardo to join the Spanish team as its official 
driver.

The current Formula 1 World Champion team has shown trust in Hispania Racing’s 
project and has chosen José Ramón Carabante’s team as a support for the formation 
and development of its driver.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who was behind the steering-wheel in every first 
practice session of the eight grand prix up to now, will finally see his dream come 
true and become a Formula 1 race-driver starting from next week’s British Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo joins Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi as official drivers 
of the Spanish Formula 1 team, Hispania Racing."

This is practically a repeat of what happened last year with Hispania, where Sakon Yamamoto replaced Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok from the British GP onwards.

While it has not been yet confirmed, it is expected that Narain Karthikeyan will make way for Ricciardo, considering teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi’s domination over him this year. However, if this is the case, it is almost certain that Karthikeyan will still race at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo has test driven with Toro Rosso at every first practice session so far this year. He was poised to replace either Sebastien Buemi or Jaime Alguersuari. However, in recent races, the two have improved and are currently level on points. The fact that Ricciardo has been shipped off to HRT indicates that Toro Rosso is still pleased with the performance of their drivers.

Ferrari were not given immediate order to allow Kubica through

In a complete contrast to Charlie Whiting’s evidence given a few days ago, it has emerged that Ferrari were not immediately ordered to instruct Fernando Alonso to allow Robert Kubica through at the British Grand Prix. Gazzetta Dello Sport has published the transcript of pit wall communications during the incident, which show that there was a long delay between the incident and Whiting advising Ferrari to let Kubica through.

Fernando Alonso battles with Robert Kubica, and cuts the next corner

Fernando Alonso battles with Robert Kubica, and cuts the next corner

According to Charlie Whiting, he immediately told Ferrari to let Kubica through. However, the radio transcript tells a different story:

13:31:05 The overtaking move takes place at Club and after one second Rivola calls Whiting, who replies after 11 seconds. Rivola asks: ‘Have you seen the pass? In our opinion there was no room to overtake.’

26 secs after the pass, Whiting asks to be given time to watch the TV footage.

13:33 Ferrari makes a second radio call – 1m55s after the pass. Alonso has completed another lap plus one sector, and is behind Nico Rosberg and Jaime Alguersuari, while Kubica drops further back.

Whiting tells Ferrari that the stewards think Alonso could give the position back. Rivola asks: ‘Is this the decision?’

Whiting replies: ‘No, but that’s how we see it.’

Rivola informs the team while Rosberg overtakes Alguersuari. On the GPS screen that shows the position of the cars, Ferrari sees Kubica dropping further back. Meanwhile, Alonso overtakes Alguersuari at Turn 2.

13:33:22 Ferrari makes a third radio call.

Rivola tells Whiting: ‘Alonso doesn’t have only Kubica behind. He would have to concede two positions now.’

While they discuss the matter Kubica is overtaken by Barrichello so Alonso would have to now give up three positions.

Whiting replies: ‘We have given you the chance to do it or not. Things being this way, the stewards will hear the drivers at the end of the race, but I understand your position.’

13:35:30 Kubica stops so Alonso can no longer give the position back.

13:45:31 The stewards investigate the Alonso/Kubica incident. The monitors then display ‘car number 8 under investigation’, 14m26s after the pass.

13:46:26 Just 55 seconds later the stewards decide that Alonso should have a drive-through penalty.

This shows that Whiting had a delay of two minutes of telling Ferrari to let Kubica through, not instantly like he had previously stated. Also, this would prove Ferrari’s claim that Kubica was dropping down the field too quickly to allow through, and it would have unfairly disadvantaged Alonso.

After a look at this evidence, I would have to question the drive-through penalty a little bit more. For sure, Fernando should have allowed Kubica through instantly, without his team telling him to, but it does seem strange that Charlie Whiting would have told the story incorrectly.

At the end of the day, while a drive-through penalty is still justifiable, the stewards’ time spent deliberating incidents must be looked at, as it had affected so many races this season.

Thoughts on the British Grand Prix

I would have been under the impression that the new developments to the Silverstone track, most notably the Club straight, would have created more overtaking opportunities than we had seen last Sunday. Despite a lack of a fight for the lead which we had expected, the British Grand Prix was still a reasonably good race.

The first lap gave us plenty to talk about, especially Sebastian Vettel’s and Felipe Massa’s punctures. Regarding Vettel’s incident, I don’t think that either driver was at much fault, although I feel that Sebastian should have been concentrating on Lewis more, as he was too busy fighting alongside Webber for the lead. As for Felipe, it was another racing incident, and I don’t think much more could be done about it.

Then we arrive at a surprisingly controversial incident – Alonso’s battle with Kubica. Put simply, both drivers were battling for position at the Vale corner, Kubica pushed Alonso wide, and Fernando was forced to cut the corner, overtaking the Renault in the process. However, he failed to give the position back, and was later dealt a drive-through penalty, as Kubica had already retired.

Fernando Alonso battles with Robert Kubica, and cuts the next corner

Fernando Alonso battles with Robert Kubica, and cuts the next corner

In my view, the penalty was well justified. It is perfectly fine to cut the corner to avoid a collision, but failing to hand the position back afterwards is blatant cheating, and Alonso should know this. These days, drivers should know better to just hand the position straight back, rather than keep going on and be ordered to hand it back later. But, since Kubica had retired, there was no driver to hand the position back to, so the only option for the stewards was a drive-through penalty.

Unfortunately, after this, the excitement died down, and didn’t ignite again until the safety car was deployed. This was for debris that came off Pedro de la Rosa’s rear wing. This safety car period allowed the field to get bunched up again, which helped the overtaking we saw in the second half of the race.

Sebastian Vettel’s recovery was hugely helped by this safety car, as he was able to leap back from 15th to 7th. However, this has been largely overshadowed by the controversy surrounding Red Bull favouring Sebastian over Mark, as the team removed an updated front wing from Mark’s car, and used it on Sebastian’s car for the race, leading many spectators to accuse Red Bull of bias towards Vettel.

This is the front wing that was taken from Mark Webber and given to Sebastian Vettel

This is the front wing that was taken from Mark Webber and given to Sebastian Vettel

At the end of it all, I was happy to see Mark Webber take the win, especially after the front wing switch. Apparently Webber’s mechanics started waving Mark’s front wing at the Vettel side of the pit after the race, which isn’t exactly sportsmanship at its best, but shows just how divisions in the Red Bull garage are growing. This could well be the reason why Red Bull fail to topple McLaren in the standings by season’s end.

The track itself, despite the poor slow corners added this year, are still an improvement in my opinion. We now have a great corner in the form of Abbey, and the Club straight gave us a few overtakes across the race. Also, the new 17-year deal in place means that the fans can enjoy Silverstone for years to come, which is certainly a change in outlook compared to last year.

Driver of the race – Mark Webber: Overcame bias from the team regarding the front wing, and still held the lead of the race fantastically well throughout. He said that he would not have signed a new deal until the end of 2011 if he knew how he would have been treated, so it’s great to see Webber fighting back.

Driver of the new teams – Jarno Trulli: Seeing as this high-speed track requires a good aerodynamic setup, nobody was expecting the new teams to challenge the midfield much, but Trulli did well to get past Kovalainen at the start, and held his advantage to the end.

Best rookie – Kamui Kobayashi: Got a better result here than in Valencia, but he was completely invisible in a solid drive to 6th from 12th on the grid. Nico Hulkenberg also deserves a mention, for getting his first points finish since Malaysia.

Best team – McLaren: This is about team results, and the crucial word in that first half of this sentence was team. Red Bull’s bias throws them straight out, so the best team in my opinion was McLaren, for overcoming massive setup difficulties in practice and qualifying to get 2nd and 4th places.

Least impressive – Michael Schumacher: He wasn’t too bad, but lacked the defensive skills to keep his rivals behind him. His only move against Sutil was the only one worth mentioning, as he got very close to pushing Adrian onto the grass. His only retaliation to Vettel overtaking him was to push him to the side as much as possible, which is perfectly legal, but I personally hate those kind of moves.

P.S: Did anyone watch the BBC F1 coverage after the race? I found myself singing along to Wonderwall when Lewis played it on the guitar, great fun :D

Ferrari were advised to allow Kubica through

FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting has revealed that he advised Ferrari 3 times to allow Robert Kubica through, after an overtaking incident with Fernando Alonso during the British Grand Prix. Alonso was handed a drive-through penalty during the race after he cut a corner battling with Kubica, overtook the Renault but failed to give the position back.

Ferrari were advised 3 times to hand the position back to Kubica

Ferrari were advised 3 times to hand the position back to Kubica

Under normal circumstances, after repeatedly advising Ferrari, this would have turned into an order to hand the position back, but since Kubica soon retired with unrelated mechanical issues, Alonso was unable to hand the position back. However, Charlie Whiting felt that Ferrari had plenty of time to instruct Alonso to let Kubica through, before the Renault retired.

Whiting claimed that, despite the penalty being issued many laps later, Ferrari were immidiately advised to hand the position back:

"We told Ferrari three times that in my opinion they should give the
position back to Kubica.

And we told them that immediately, right after the overtaking
manoeuvre. On the radio, I suggested to them that if they exchange
position again, there would be no need for the stewards to intervene.

But they didn't do that and on the third communication they said that
Kubica was by then too far back to let him regain the position.

It's not true at all that the stewards took too long to decide. For
us the facts were clear immediately: Alonso had gained an advantage
by cutting the track."

However, team principal Stefano Domenicali argued that, despite Alonso getting past Kubica, he didn’t gain an advantage:

"He tried to be aggressive to overtake, and we complained the 
drivers not to be aggressive and we complain about the lack of 
overtaking, and so at that stage, we felt as we normally do at 
that moment that we need to go on the radio with race control to 
check what is the position.

And normally, we take the right time to discuss with race control 
to make the judgement, and the moment when race control give us 
the instruction to give back the position to Robert, it was clear 
that Robert had already lost a lot of time - effectively he had a 
problem and he came back. That is the situation we analysed.

You can have a situation where immediately there is a possibility 
to give back the position to a driver if you feel that there is 
really an advantage that you gain. On our side we felt that was 
not the case otherwise we would have done it."

I was wondering after the race, why Ferrari didn’t complain loudly about the penalty being awarded, and this is clearly why. If Ferrari are pushing the rules that much just to gain one position, then they completely deserve any penalty that they get.

British Grand Prix in pictures

Apologies for the delay, but here are the pictures from last weekend’s British Grand Prix:

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British Grand Prix stats and facts

The British Grand Prix was Mark Webber’s 5th win of his career, and the 11th for Red Bull. Here are the stats and facts from the British Grand Prix:

  • This was Sebastian Vettel’s 10th pole positions of his career, which is as much as Jochen Rindt.
  • Mark Webber’s 5th career win puts him level with Michele Alboreto, Keke Rosberg, John Watson, Clay Regazzoni and Nino Farina. It was also his 150th Grand Prix.
  • Fernando Alonso took the 15th fastest lap of his career, putting him in 16th place overall. He now has as many as Clay Regazzoni and Jackie Stewart.
  • This was Red Bull’s 11th constructors’ win, putting them 1 ahead of Alfa Romeo, but well behind Cooper (16).
  • Ferrari’s 14th and 15th places were the worst for the team since the 1978 French Grand Prix, when Gilles Villeneuve and Carlos Reutemann finished 12th and 18th respectively.
  • In the lead-up to this race, there were rumours that the average lap speed record, currently held at Monza, could be broken. However, because the track turned out to be 10 metres shorter than planned, the average lap speed was actually higher than last year, leaving it 3rd overall in tracks with highest lap speed, behind Monza and Spa. The pole position speed in Silverstone this year was set by Sebastian Vettel, and it was 236.52kph, compared to 236.92kph last year.
  • Robert Kubica retired yesterday, meaning that no driver has completed every single lap this year now. However, Kubica is now the only driver to have out-qualified his team-mate in every race so far.
  • Red Bull have now led 433 of the 600 laps this year.
  • Mark Webber has become the first driver this year to score 3 wins.
  • Red Bull topped every single session this weekend, meaning Friday Practice 1 and 2, Saturday Morning practice (aka FP3), qualifying, and led every single lap of the race. Unfortunately there is no record of whether this has happened before in Formula 1 history.
  • This is the first ever time that Red Bull have won twice at any track.
  • Every single time that an Australian has won the British Grand Prix, they have gone on to win the world championship that year. This has happened in 1959, 1960, 1966 and 1980 previously.
  • Bernd Maylander has now been deployed in the safety car 100 times, since he was hired in 2000. He deserves a present, surely Mercedes could afford him a road-legal SLS?

As usual, if you have spotted any more, do leave a comment!

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