Formula 1 came home this week, with the British GP taking place at Silverstone.
Not much to report on qualifying this time- although the extremely wet conditions did bring some strange results and at one point a red flag. The foremost of the strange results was Button not making it through even Q1, qualifying in 18th. Hamilton, though, did better getting an 8th place grid position. Still not very good for Mclaren though.
Alonso led the pack, but his time was only a fraction of a second better than Webber‘s, with both drivers putting in great laps. Schumacher continued his recent form with a 3rd place lap time. Vettel could only manage 4th, just in front of Massa- a seasons best for the Brazilian in 5th.
Grid positions (after penalties):
- Di Resta
- de la Rosa
Despite weather reports on the Saturday that meant organisers even went to the extent to tell fans not to attend the GP, the race did stay dry the whole time. Not as much action as Valencia this time, but still a good race to continue the wonder season.
It was Webber that eventually took the win, with Alonso leading most of the race but not quite getting to the end with his tyres intact. Webber drove very well and managed his tyres to mean he was able to take what was in the end a comfortable victory. Alonso came 2nd, also comfortable and again showing why he’s leading the championship and regarded as probably the best driver on the grid at the moment. Webber meanwhile continues to impress despite his age- out qualifying and racing Vettel is not to be taken lightly. If both drivers continue like this it’ll be them fighting it out for the championship come November.
Vettel meanwhile finished off the podium with a 3rd place finish- another good weekend for Red Bull who are definitely the most consistent team overall. Massa is still trying to prove me and many others wrong in saying that he is not good enough for Ferrari, and this weekend did well by getting a 4th place.
Mclaren showed poor form again, however. Despite it being a home GP for the Woking boys, it was a poor showing. Hamilton’s strategy didn’t pay off, and despite leading the race at one point (albeit only from pit-stop circumstances) eventually finished where he qualified in 8th. Button did well to gain 6 places, but a 10th and 8th place for Mclaren is not a good result by any stretch. With driver transfer speculation rife at the moment, could we see Hamilton leave Mclaren for Red Bull or Ferrari if their form does not pick up?
The only other piece of news is that of Pastor Maldonado- once again he was in a collision, this time with Perez. Despite this one seeming like a racing incident, the amount of crashes he’s got in over the years suggests he’s not the most careful or calm driver. This is precisely the reason why I and many others don’t like him. What’s more, Sergio Perez, in an interview mid-race after his retirement, suggested he’s not the drivers’ favourite person either- Perez claimed Maldonado “does not respect other drivers” and when asked if other drivers felt that way, he replied “yes.”
- Maldonado (lapped)
- Kovalainen (lapped)
- Glock (lapped)
- Pic (lapped)
- de la Rosa (lapped)
- Karthikeyan (lapped)
- Perez (retired, 11 laps)
- Di Resta (retired, 2 laps)
- Petrov (retired, 0 laps)
Overall the race was as always a good one. Whilst collisions were sparse unlike last race, the overtaking was good and frequent, and Webber’s win means the season is ever more tight in championship points.
The last few races have shown the field is widening once again. The midfield is becoming larger, with teams like Mercedes and Lotus falling behind the likes of Mclaren, Ferrari and Red Bull. Despite this, anything is still possible- the Lotus and Mercedes still look very capable of winning races, as do teams like Sauber and Williams if all factors go their way.
Further up the field, the big 3 of Mclaren, Ferrari and Red Bull aren’t so simple either. Red Bull are looking stronger and stronger and I’d tip Vettel to win the German GP next week now, despite not having the luxury of practice or qualifying times. Ferrari are closest to them- Alonso looks like his majestic driving isn’t just going to bring him good results for the car, but a load of podium finishes with a much better motor. Mclaren, however, are falling behind. Button seems to have lost his mojo and Hamilton can’t do much with a car that just looks to have lost competitiveness with the other 2 teams.
Next time, it’s the German GP at Hockenheim.