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Wow, what a stunning British GP we had yesterday. Full of drama, excitement and some brilliant racing as well.
The race started off bizarrely with Alonso missing his grid position by a few feet. A brilliant start from Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton saw the two championship contenders only separated by 2 cars after the first few corners. Behind them though, Kimi Raikkonen went wide off the track and his rally cross skills unfortunately let him down. When he re-joined the track his Ferrari took a violent turn and he ended up hitting the barriers at a rapid speed. Sources say he encountered 47g of energy through the impact. A very quick reaction from Felipe Massa iin his Williams saw the luckless Brazilian narrowly miss the stricken Ferrari. It could have been much worse. The race was stopped and Kimi eventually got out of his car with a very bad limp. He is ok but won’t take part in this week’s test at Silverstone. Besides that, his car is completely destroyed.
After repairs were made to the track Armco, the race started again after an hour delay behind the safety car. Lewis quickly dispatched of the two Mclaren cars in front of him and the race was on for the win between him and nico Rosberg. After 16 laps, the Mercedes cars already had a 30 second lead over everyone else. That is domination.
Behind, Valtteri Bottas in the remaining Williams and Fernando Alonso in the remaining Ferrari were charging through the field and there was some epic overtaking and wheel to wheel racing. Alosno’s earlier mistake caught up with him and he was given a 5 second stop and go penalty. He pitted, changed tyres and just sat in the car until the penalty was over. He lost 3 positions and had to do all the hard work again.
Up front, Lewis was catching Nico Rosberg but Rosberg had gearbox issues. Eventually he retired on the side of the grid which was a pity as I think we were really in for a grandstand finish between the two.
Bottas got his stops perfect and was in a very comfortable 2nd in a Williams that really shouldn’t have been that good around Silverstone. Don’t forget, he started in 16th position.
The ever impressive Daniel Ricciardo changesd his strategy and did a very long stint on his last tyres but managed to hold off button for yet another podium for himself and Red Bull.
Jenson got the most out of his Mclaren and a 4th will put a smile on his face.
The battle for 5th and 6th was epic between Vettel and Alonso. Both moaned to their team crews about each other and their driving antics which was rather comical and actually rather embarrassing. It didn’t matter when Vettel pulled off a great move to pass Alonso who had done a great job to keep him behind for so long anyway. It was a brilliant dice though.
Magnussen finished a lonely 7th with The Hulk getting well deserved points in 8th. Both Toro Rosso cars took the remaining positions in the points with Kyvat ahead of Vergne.
A few things to make note of :
Silverstone is a classic circuit and it gave us great racing; as do the classic tracks like Spa and Monza. We need to learn from this.
The fans in the UK are genuine F1 fans. The fans at the new circuits are still learning but most of the fans in places like Singapore, Bahrain, Abu dhabi are actually ex-pats. We need to learn from this too.
World champions are like silly little boys fighting over who is to get the first ice-cream.
The championship is very much alive with only 4 points between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
It is just a matter of time until Bottas gets his first win.
Results - 52 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2h26m52.094s
2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +30.135s
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +46.495s
4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +47.390s
5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +53.864s
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +59.946s
7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1m02.563s
8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1m28.692s
9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1m29.340s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault -1 lap
11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes -1 lap
12. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault -1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari -1 lap
14. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap
15. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -2 laps
16. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps
17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault -3 laps
Nico Rosberg Mercedes 28 laps
Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 11 laps
Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 9 laps
Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1 laps
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0 laps
Drivers' championship Constructors' championship
1. Nico Rosberg 165 1. Mercedes 326
2. Lewis Hamilton 161 2. Red Bull-Renault 168
3. Daniel Ricciardo 98 3. Ferrari 106
4. Fernando Alonso 87 4. Williams-Mercedes 103
5. Valtteri Bottas 73 5. Force India-Mercedes 91
6. Sebastian Vettel 70 6. McLaren-Mercedes 90
7. Nico Hulkenberg 63 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 15
8. Jenson Button 55 8. Lotus-Renault 8
9. Kevin Magnussen 35 9. Marussia-Ferrari 2
10. Felipe Massa 30 10. Sauber-Ferrari 0
11. Sergio Perez 28 11. Caterham-Renault 0
12. Kimi Raikkonen 19
13. Jean-Eric Vergne 9
14. Romain Grosjean 8
15. Daniil Kvyat 6
16. Jules Bianchi 2