Due to vacation time and moving to a new place I had to prioritize the Bulgarian rally review. However, the British GP was an interesting one for several reasons. So I just have to touch on the main points in an ultra short review. I apologize for its lateness, but after all there is still about a week to go until the German GP 😉
THE RACE AND KEY PLAYERS
Sebastian Vettel was the man everybody expected to win. But a bad start from pole got him in a position where he suffered a puncture. He just barely grazed Hamiltons frontwing – and that apparently was enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbO9atd_jwg
Result: To the back of the grid with a mountain of work to do.
Fernando Alonso was another man who had a poor start. From starting 3rd he bogs down in 6th behind Massa. A touch between the two gives Massa a puncture and now Massa is sent to the back of the grid. Alonso eventually settles in 5th stuck behind Kubica which later brings on another controversy involving the Spaniard.
Lewis Hamilton started 4th. He was really happy with his qualifying lap suggesting that the McLaren car struggled around Silverstone considering how badly Button qualified. But he capitalizes on Vettels puncture and Alonsos bad start and is on Webbers tail trying to find a way past. Mark Webber gets into his rhythm and starts to pull away. But its a fight to the end as explained by the drivers after the race.
Jenson Button had a horrid qualifying and started from 14th position. But what an incredible first lap! One of the best I have seen in years. Just look at this onboard here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtGAxd4L2_0
A surprise this weekend was seeing the Williams of Barrichello qualifying in 8th position. We had gotten used to Williams being the slowest of the established teams. However, he is running in 6th place after benefiting from the two punctures of Vettel and Massa. Nice to see them making progress. In the end he finishes a strong 5th after Alonsos ordeal.
Kobayashi qualified in 12th while his teammate de la Rosa got into Q3 for the first time this season. It didnt matter much for the Spaniard as the Sauber started coming apart during the race and he had to retire half-way through.
Kamui does a fantastic first lap. Passes cars and settles in 8th place after a few laps. The retirement of Kubica and Alonsos penalty eventually bumps him up to 6th.
DRIVER OF THE DAY:
Several actually. But here are the three that stand out the most.
Jenson Button is my first choice. Started 14th, amazing first lap and steady drive. Finished 4th. Nuff said.
Sebastian Vettel had a horrible start with the puncture. But he fought back from 24th to 7th. I had not seen such a drive from him before and I had started to question his racecraft. I was actually waiting for him to prove himself. And he did. Brilliant overtaking maneuvre on Schumacher for instance. He had to muscle his way past Sutil on the last lap. A bit on the edge, but rubbing is racing, right?
And of course Kamui Kobayashi. Two amazing races in a row. Drove the Sauber from 12th to 6th. The car likes fast corners so that helps on Silverstone. But I consider this an even stronger performance than the great spectacle in Valencia. Well done.
DOUCHES OF THE DAY
There is just no getting around Alonso this race either. First a horrible start. Then he gets impatient behind Kubica and cuts a corner to pass him. That is simply not allowed so the penalty is just. No question about it. What was unlucky for him was the safety car caused by de la Rosas debris. That sent him way down the order. But its like that sometimes. Besides, if he had been smart he would have given Kubica the position back right away and none of that would have happened. So he only has himself to blame.
Hearing him say “Dont talk to me for the rest of the race” over the team radio says a lot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwVHQduVYKE
As Eddie jordan put it: “Ferrari paid a lot of money for Alonso and he has a big responsibility to bring Ferrari to the next level and he is not doing that.” Martin Brundle is convinced that it was Alonso who stopped Kubica going to Ferrari. A shame since it seems it could only get better. The result on Sunday was Ferraris worst since 1978. Yes, 1978..
Mark Webber also stands out. Not because of his driving. That was faultless. A controlled drive keeping Hamilton at bay. So a well deserved win. What was completely ridiculous and unnecessary was his jab over the team radio after the race. “Not bad for a number 2 driver, eh?” Why does he feel the need to air the teams laundry in public like that? It is undermining and detrimental to the team. If a driver has an issue, he takes it up behind closed doors. Now millions of people heard more proof of the disharmony within the team. Im sure big boss Mateschitz is not a fan of bad press. (Unless he believes that all press is good press.)
A similar thing happened after the Turkey incident.
Webber urged reporters to “dig deeper”. Now that doesnt sound like a team player to me. Sounds like he is trying to sway the press on his side. But that will never work in the long run if you plan to be inside a team for long.
SORENS RACE RATING
7 out of 10. Very entertaining. The changes to the circuit made overtaking somewhat possible compared to practically impossible before. A great fightback from Vettel and plenty of action and some controversial incidents kept me interested from start to finish. Safety car spiked things up as well.
Allright, it was short but hopefully sweet.
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