Not bad for a number two driver
Mark Webber won the interesting British GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button. Rubens Barrichello (P5) and Kamui Kobayashi (P6) had another great race and finished just ahead of Sebastian Vettel who dropped to last place on lap 1. The rest of the points went to Sutil, Schumacher and Hulkenberg.
2010 British GP Result:
1. Mark Webber – Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren
3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
4. Jenson Button – McLaren
5. Rubens Barrichello – Williams
6. Kamui Kobayashi – Sauber
7. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
8. Adrian Sutil – Force India
9. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes
10. Nico Hulkneberg – Williams
Sebastian Vettel will start 2010 British GP from pole position
Sebastian Vettel will start 2010 British GP from the pole position. Mark Webber will line up next to him on the front row. Fernando Alonso in P3 was almost 7 tenths down.
2010 British GP – Qualifying
1. Vettel – 1:29.615
2. Webber – 1:29.758
3. Alonso – 1:30.426
4. Hamilton – 1:30.556
5. Rosberg – 1:30.625
6. Kubica – 1:31. 040
7. Massa – 1:31.172
8. Barrichello – 1:31.175
9. de la Rosa – 1:31.274
10. Schumacher – 1:31.430
It has been all about Red Bull so far at Silverstone
Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished on top in the final practice session at Silverstone. Vettel however suffered a bizzare front wing failure on his last flying. Not that much behind the Red Bull duo finished Alonso, Rosberg and Massa followed by Kubica, Hamilton, Schumacher, de la Rosa, Barrichello, Petrov, Button, Hulkneberg, Kobayashi, Sutil, Buemi, Alguersuari, Liuzzi, Kovalainen, di Grassi, Trulli, Chandhok, Glock and Yamamoto.
Sakon Yamamoto - The HRT race driver for 2010 British GP
In a move that surprised many HRT decided to replace Bruno Senna with Sakon Yamamoto for 2010 British GP. Well, July is the month when F1 drivers often get fired. But to do this on the eve of Grand Prix weekend is rather unusual.
Yamamoto’s deal is at the moment for one race only. The decision on who will drive for the team for the rest of the season is to be made sometime this weekend. That sounds like bad news for Bruno Senna as while the announcement suggests that Yamamoto only has a one race deal it does not indicate that Senna was dropped for this one race only …
Sebastian Vettel - 2010 British GP Friday Practice
The British GP weekend started with Friday practice. Sebastian Vettel was the fastest drivers in the morning session followed by Hamilton, Kubica, Webber and Sutil. Sakon Yamamoto (who replaced Bruno Senna for the whole weekend) was the slowest, around a second behind his team mate Karun Chandhok. Fairuz Fauzy and Paul di Resta replaced Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jarno Trulli for the FP1.
Formula One returns to Silverstone. The 2010 British GP will be run on the modified track that includes the new Arena section. Some expect the new layout to offer more overtaking opportunities, some expect less. We have to wait for Sunday to find out. Now it is time for round 10 of our prediction game.
The 2010 F1 season is now less than 2 weeks away. A lot has changed since the end of 2009. Here is the part 1 of a miniseries summarizing the differences between F1 in 2009 and F1 in 2010.
The 2010 season will have 19 rounds (compared with 17 last year). No race was dropped from the calendar, Canadian GP returns and for the first time F1 will travel to Korea.
Here is the final part of my photos from Silverstone – Saturday and Sunday action on the track. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures:
Here is the second part of my photos from Silverstone. All the pictures below were taken during the free practice sessions, the best time to play around with camera. I had the best spot on Friday morning when I could get very close to the track. Here are the photos. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures:
I was lucky enough to spend Friday and Saturday of the British GP in the Paddock Club and enjoy all the perks that come with the pass. Here are some of the pictures I took in the Paddock Club and during the pitlane walkabouts. Click on the thumbnails to see the full size pictures:
The last day at the track was purely about the Grand Prix. The morning trip from Northampton was very smooth and we arrived at the track in no time. This was perhaps the biggest crowd of this season but you would not notice it at the gates. No delays, everything smooth.
It looked like nice and warm day until we reached our seats at the top row of the Lufield C grandstand. The sunshine was blocked off by the roof while our back were exposed to the cool wind. This is where the copy of Red Bulletin came handy – worked perfect as the additional layer on my lower back .
The atmosphere at the track was unbelievable, especially during the drivers parade (picture above). Over 100,000 people at their noisiest, what a feeling.
The race itself was a bit boring. The fastest guy of the weekend was on pole, made no mistakes. He pulled away while his only serious challenger (Mark Webber) remained stuck behind Rubens Barrichello until the first round of pitstops. Jenson Button had horrible start and dropped behind the moving chicane that is Jarno Trulli and that was it. The only entertainment came from the “backmarkers” – Lewis Hamilton fighting with Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Bourdais colliding with Heikki Kovalainen (loosing his front wing in the process).
Sebastien Bourdais without front wing, Silverstone 2009
I was a bit in a hurry after the race as one we needed to make sure one of our friends does not miss his plane. So I quickly dropped my Kangaroo TV, met the Puma Fan Reporter Scott Woodwiss for quick chit chat and rushed back to Northampton. The trip back was surprisingly smooth as well and by 4:30 pm I was already sipping my first post race pint in the local pub near the house we have been staying this weekend.
Overall, although cold , this was a great F1 weekend. I wish I could confidently say that I will be back … I will post more of my photos (and results of the prediction game) after I return back from this trip, later this week.
Sebastian Vettel, 2009 British GP winner
Sebastian Vettel won the 2009 British GP after leading it from start to finish (except 2 laps following his second pit stop). Mark Webber finished second ahead or Rubens Barrichello.
Jenson Button never recovered from his poor start and finished the race in 6th just behind Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg. Jarno Trulli and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top 8.
It was a good day for Giancarlo Fisichella who brought his Force India car home in respectable 10th. Worth noting is also that Nelson Piquet finished ahead of Fernando Alonso.
2009 British Grand Prix result:
1. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:22:49.328
2. M. Webber – Red Bull + 15.188
3. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP + 41.175
4. F. Massa – Ferrari + 45.043
5. N. Rosberg – Williams + 45.915
6. J. Button – Brawn GP + 46.285
7. J. Trulli – Toyota + 1:08.307
8. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 1:09.622