What better place to win your first race of 2011 than at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone. After capitalizing on a pit-stop issue for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso clinched a well-deserved victory for Ferrari. This is a crucial triumph for Ferrari and their first win of 2011.
The British Grand Prix was a touch disappointing for the Brits at home. Lewis Hamilton finished fourth behind the Red Bull team, with Vettel only just easing out his teammate Mark Webber for second place. As for Jenson Button, he couldn’t have encountered a rougher conclusion to his race. The Mclaren-Mercedes man had to retire when he suffered a problem at his final pit-stop. Re-entering a race without a wheel nut on one of your front wheels may not be the best of ideas, as he found out. Britain’s other man, Paul Di Resta, of Force India-Mercedes finished in 15th place.
The results of the race means, in the drivers’ world championship, Vettel holds an 80 point gap over his Red Bull team mate Mark Webber. Alonso’s victory and Hamilton’s failure to make the podium at Silverstone sees Alonso replace Hamilton at number three on the drivers’ leader board.
…a topsy-turvy experience…
The Formula 1 constructor’s world championship remains unchanged. Red Bull-Renault dominate in first with 328 points followed by McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari in second and third respectively.
Although it was a disappointing day for the Brits, Lewis Hamilton thanked the great support from the Silverstone faithful. Also, Hamilton’s battle with Felipe Massa for fourth place was a major highlight at the closing stages of the race. This year’s British Grand Prix could only be described as a topsy-turvy experience for Hamilton. He started the race in tenth, climbed to second and finally kept out his Brazilian counterpart to take home an insufficient but respectable fourth place, after being told by his team to save fuel on lap 44.