British Grand Prix 2011 – Race Report
The British Grand Prix at the renovated Silverstone track was fairly exciting. We finally saw a fourth name as a race winner and there was some genuine challenge for drivers as there was some rain just before the race which forced everyone to start on intermediate tyres.
Fernando Alonso was the victor, though struggling with Hamilton for a time he eventually regained his position took an unexpected victory. Sebastian Vettel did recover and eventually finished second though, though when he passed the pole-holder Webber at the start of the race it seemed he was going to have another easy win. It was a botched pit stop that dropped him behind Alonso. Mark Webber had an unimpressive start but regained his third position on the final few pit-stops and passed Hamilton who was running out of gas by the end.
Lewis Hamilton was the only McLaren to finish today, rising from ten at the start and eventually finished fourth. Felipe Massa did a solid job and did catch up to Hamilton by the end, thus finishing fifth. Mercedes GP had a good day by the end with Rosberg finishing sixth and Schumacher finally finishing ninth despite suffering a broken front wing and a stop-and-go penalty for crashing with Kobayashi.
Sergio Perez drove a solid race to grab six points for Sauber. Nick Heidfeld rose from the back of the lot to finish eighth and Jaime Alguersuari did the same by taking the final point for Toro-Rosso.
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Adrian Sutil did an okay job today. He started from and finished on 11th place. Perhaps Sutil will have a better time in his home race in Germany.
Drop-Out Count: 5
Team Lotus had a miserable luck in Silverstone. After an excellent start Heikki Kovalainen was forced to retire due to gear-box trouble and his team-mate Jarno Trulli suffered the same fate some laps down. Sebastian Buemi‘s tyre exploded and unfortunately the Swiss driver couldn’t make it back to the pits to replace it. Jenson Button was driving an excellent race but on his final pit stop, his right-front wheel came loose and Button was forced to park on the pit-exit.
Kamui Kobayashi had the worst time in Silverstone. He collided with Schumacher which didn’t seem to slow him down, however his pit-crew then let out of his spot at the wrong time and hit Pastor Maldonado’s car. This got him a stop-and-go punishment and finally Kamui-san’s race ended due engine failure.
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Vitaly Petrov‘s and Rubens Barrichello‘s valiant driving efforts didn’t score them any points. Maldonado getting hit by Kobayashi set him back and the Venezuelan finally finished behind Barrichello, making this another miserable race for Williams.
Paul Di Resta who started from grid-6 suffered a major fuck-up during his pit stop and late had his front wing destroyed which finally dropped him from points.
For the new teams, it was the same-old, same-old as the Virgins left the HRT’s in their dust. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull’s test-driver, made his racing debut in the HRT car in Narain Karthikeyan’s place. Karthikeyan will resume his racing post some time between now and the Indian Grand Prix.