Red Bull Dominate the British Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix in some style today just ahead of his teammate Mark Webber as Red Bull scored their second win, and their second 1-2 of the season.
Vettel lead from the start and quickly got down to business putting in lap times that simply left the the rest of the field for dead. Every lap in his first stint was a full second quicker than next man Rubens Barrichello, and when he finally pitted – he started with the heaviest fuel load in the top 10 – he had around a 23 second lead.
Webber kept Barrichello honest, as the Brawn struggled to get heat into its tyres, but he couldn't find a way past the Brazilian. Home boy Jenson Button in the other Brawn got a poor start and lost two places to Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa.
Kazuki Nakajima had a good start and ran in 4th position until his pit stop, where he lost out to the more heavily fuelled cars.
Webber got past Barrichello by pitting one lap later, which gave the Auzzie some free air and enabled him to start lapping as quickly as Vettel.
And that was it, the two Red Bulls were away, only the crash of Sebastien Bourdais with Heikki Kovalianen – which left debris on the track at Club corner – threatened to damage their lead as it was touch and-go whether the safety car came out or not.
The crash, was an over optimistic overtaking maneuver by Bourdais who got caught out by freshly pitted Kovalianen's early braking, and saw the both of them retire from the 60 lap race.
Felipe Massa had a brilliant afternoon , finishing 4th after starting 11th. Most of his charge came with a brilliant start, running long in the first stint, and putting some good lap times in when it mattered - around the pit stop window.
Trulli and Glock in the Toyotas slipped back from their qualifying positions, they eventually finished 7th and 9th.
Fisichella had a competitive afternoon in the updated Force India, although he finished 10th the improvements that the team has made in recent weeks were obvious – he was consistently running with the Raikkonen, Glock group, and well ahead of the woeful BMW Saubers, who kept the Renaults, McLarens and Toro Rossos behind them for the majority of the race.
The only action to speak of was between Lewis Hamilton (finished 16th) and Fernando Alonso (finished 14th). Lewis overtook his former teammate, in a battle that carried on for several laps, Alonso eventually retaking the position. Lewis then put a wheel on the grass and spun at Club corner negating the hard work that he'd done.
The next round is in Germany at the Nurburgring, which is not unlike Silverstone in its layout and mix of low and high speed corners, we'll see if Red Bulls advantage is carried on and Vettel can fight for the win at his home grand prix.
|1||S Vettel||Red Bull||1:22:49.32|
|2||M Webber||Red Bull||+15.1 secs|
|3||R Barrichello||Brawn||+41.1 secs|
|4||F Massa||Ferrari||+45.0 secs|
|5||N Rosberg||Williams||+45.9 secs|
|6||J Button||Brawn||+46.2 secs|
|7||J Trulli||Toyota||+68.3 secs|
|8||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+69.6 secs|
|9||T Glock||Toyota||+69.8 secs|
|10||G Fisichella||Force India||+71.5 secs|
|11||K Nakajima||Williams||+74.0 secs|
|12||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+1 Lap|
|13||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+1 Lap|
|14||F Alonso||Renault||+1 Lap|
|15||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+1 Lap|
|16||L Hamilton||McLaren||+1 Lap|
|17||A Sutil||Force India||+1 Lap|
|18||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|DNF||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+23 Laps|
|DNF||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+24 Laps|
|2||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+68.5 secs|
|3||R Barrichello||Honda||+82.2 secs|
|4||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+1 Lap|
|5||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+1 Lap|
|6||F Alonso||Renault||+1 Lap|
|7||J Trulli||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|8||K Nakajima||Williams||+1 Lap|
|9||N Rosberg||Williams||+1 Lap|
|10||M Webber||Red Bull||+1 Lap|
|11||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|12||T Glock||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|13||F Massa||Ferrari||+2 Laps|
|DNF||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+21 Laps|
|DNF||J Button||Honda||+22 Laps|
|DNF||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+25 Laps|
|DNF||G Fisichella||Force India||+44 Laps|
|DNF||A Sutil||Force India||+60 Laps|
|DNF||S Vettel||Toro Rosso||+70 Laps|
|DNF||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+70 Laps|
|2||F Alonso||McLaren||+2.4 secs|
|3||L Hamilton||McLaren||+39.3 secs|
|4||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+53.3 secs|
|5||F Massa||Ferrari||+54.4 secs|
|6||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+56.3 secs|
|7||H Kovalainen||Renault||+1 Lap|
|8||G Fisichella||Renault||+1 Lap|
|9||R Barrichello||Honda||+1 Lap|
|10||J Button||Honda||+1 Lap|
|11||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+1 Lap|
|12||N Rosberg||Williams||+1 Lap|
|13||A Wurz||Williams||+1 Lap|
|14||T Sato||Super Aguri||+2 Laps|
|15||C Albers||Spyker||+2 Laps|
|DNF||V Liuzzi||Toro Rosso||+6 Laps|
|DNF||J Trulli||Toyota||+15 Laps|
|DNF||S Speed||Toro Rosso||+29 Laps|
|DNF||A Davidson||Super Aguri||+23 Laps|
|DNF||R Schumacher||Toyota||+36 Laps|
|DNF||A Sutil||Spyker||+42 Laps|
|DNF||M Webber||Red Bull||+49 Laps|