British GP 2010: Webber Wins As Ferrari Stung Again
Mark Webber took a commanding victory today at Silverstone in the wake of controversy surrounding his status at the team. Webber believes he should have not had his new front wing taken off him and handed to Sebastian Vettel, believing the team were favouring the young German.
However all that emotion that was so clear on the Australian’s face yesterday was saved for the first corner where he forced Vettel off the circuit onto the run off at turn one, where Vettel’s luck ran out and he got a puncture.
It was all going on at the back too, with Alonso’s poor start hampering him down the field, before he made contact with team mate Felipe Massa who joined Vettel at the back with a puncture on his Ferrari F10. Michael Schumacher made it up 3 places to 7th too.
Hamilton was hassling Webber in 2nd, and their pace was surprisingly good as they racked home fastest laps. They pulled well clear of Kubica, Rosberg and Alonso who formed the front of a long processional line of traffic that was only broken by the first round of pit stops.
Schumacher gambled on an early stop which didn’t pay off, his team mate Rosberg’s strategy to stay out longer than Alonso and Kubica who pitted one lap after Michael, worked a treat and the young German found himself in 3rd position.
Alonso closed the gap significantly to Kubica and as the pair came into Vale, Alonso dived around the outside, but Kubica forced Fernando off the circuit. However Alonso was still in front as he rejoined at Club, where he stayed as Robert Kubica’s Renault gave up with a differential problem and he retired. However, course steward Nigel Mansell believed Alonso had cut the circuit – not avoiding an accident as the majority of viewers, and former driver Martin Brundle believed, and Alonso got a drive through penalty which he had to serve straight after a safety car period so the Spaniard once again got heavily stung by the FIA.
The safety car was brought out by a battle between Liuzzi and De la Rosa. The Italian tagged the rear of the Sauber and the rear wing disintegrated on the Hangar Straight. It brought the new safety car rules into play, with the SLS AMG Mercedes of Bernd Maylander waiting to pick up the lead car, there was confusion and many backmarkers ended up getting in the way – the new rules might need to be tweaked again.
Further back, Sebastian Vettel was tearing through the field, and would go on to score points passing German rivals Michael Schumacher and Adrian Sutil. Schumacher had a slightly better weekend, but the former 7 time world champion really hasn’t dialled down back to his great racing of the past just yet.
Liuzzi later tagged Alonso giving him a puncture and putting the icing on a failure cake for Ferrari – neither car ended up in the points.
Rubens Barrichello had a stellar day though for Williams, their second consecutive high point score.
|1||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||220.127.116.11|
|2||L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||+1.360|
|3||N. Rosberg||Mercedes GP||+21.307|
|4||J. Button||McLaren Mercedes||+21.968|
|5||R. Barrichello||Williams Cosworth||+31.456|
|6||K. Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari||+32.171|
|7||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||+36.734|
|8||A Sutil||Force India Mercedes||+40.932|
|9||M. Schumacher||Mercedes GP||+41.599|
|10||N. Hulkenberg||Williams Cosworth||+42.012|
|11||V. Liuzzi||Force India Mercedes||+42.459|
|12||S. Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+47.627|
|16||J. Trulli||Lotus||+1 lap|
|17||H. Kovalainen||Lotus||+1 lap|
|18||T. Glock||Virgin Cosworth||+1 lap|
|19||K. Chandhok||Hispania||+2 laps|
|20||S. Yamamoto||Hispania||+2 laps|
|J. Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari||45||Crash|
|P. De la Rosa||Sauber Ferrari||30||Rear wing failure|
|L. Di Grassi||Virgin Cosworth||10||Hydraulic|
This entry was posted on July 11, 2010 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News and was tagged with British F1, British GP, British Grand Prix 2010, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica.