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British Grand Prix 2009: Vettel Storms To Victory In Unstoppable Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel stormed to an epic win, something that his fellow countryman Michael Schumacher, the greatest driver of all time would have been proud of.  Vettel, the young German who takes his 3rd race win of his short career led from start to finish in a fashionable style pulling away from Rubens Barrichello at a rate of 1 second per lap for the first stint.

Race Review

From the start we knew that the Red Bull’s were fast, sporting their brand new aerodynamics created by a brilliant Adrian Newey who had been working around the clock to make the RB5 competitive against the Brawn GP cars, and with Vettel carrying plenty of fuel it looked like the German had it in the bag.  We weren’t going to be proved wrong.

Kimi Raikkonen had the pick of the starts, wedging his Ferrari down the outside into the first corner of Silverstone, using the KERS system to full effect.  His team mate Felipe Massa also had a terrific start getting ahead of championship leader Jenson Button, the plucky Brit only managing an overtake through sheer luck of Massa making a minor error.

For the first stint Mark Webber was stuck behind Rubens Barrichello, until the first stops when he could make it past but would play second fiddle to Vettel who had a pitstop sized gap between himself and 2nd place.

The McLaren’s of last years pole position man and winner just went backwards, and while the battle down the field was very entertaining – so much so we spend a good ten laps or more following it on the FOM wold feed between Alonso, Hamilton and Piquet it certainly was not where the former two wanted to be.  World Champions pretty much propping up the table.

Kimi Raikkonen looked to be on for a good race with him closing the gap to Nico Rosberg and Rubens Barrichello, and indeed after having dealt with Kazuki Nakajima it would be the Finn’s downfall to get stuck behind Jarno Trulli after his stop.

While that was Raikkonen’s loss it most certainly was not for Massa who jumped ahead of that slow pack as he made his way to 4th position.  Nico Rosberg followed in 5th at the end, despite a resurgent Jenson Button who spent the race complaining about the BGP001 [which he described as a monster in Turkey] in 6th place. 

The only mega action incidentally came from the two McLaren’s.  A lighter and faster Lewis Hamilton made a move over Kovalainen who lost a little concentration, he noted Sebastien Bourdais behind him and blocked going into Club corner where the Frenchman slammed into the back of Kovalainen causing massive debris around Club corner just after the crest.  Both men dropped out a lap later, and both blamed each other for a silly error.   Hamilton provided action at the same corner as he pushed the McLaren hard he slipped it onto the grass and spun out, but managed to continue to 16th position.

A quick shout for Giancarlo Fisichella too who finished in 10th place, a valiant performance for the Italian veteran racer.

Classified Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 S. Vettel Red Bull Renault 1.22.49.328
2 M. Webber Red Bull Renault +15.188
3 R. Barrichello Brawn Mercedes +41.175
4 F. Massa Ferrari +45.053
5 N. Rosberg Williams Toyota +45.915
6 J. Button Brawn Mercedes +46.285
7 J. Trulli Toyota +1.08.307
8 K. Raikkonen Ferrari +1.09.622
9 T. Glock Toyota +1.09.823
10 G. Fisichella Force India Merc +1.11.522
11 K. Nakajima Williams Toyota +1.14.023
12 N. Piquet 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 Mercedes +1 lap
17 A. Sutil Force India Merc +1 lap
18 S. Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari +1 lap

Fastest Lap: S. Vettel (Red Bull Renault): 1.20.735

Retirements

Driver Team Lap Reason
S. Bourdais Toro Rosso Ferrari 25 Crash Damage
H. Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes 24 Crash Damage

 

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