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GP Week : Issue 18
F1 BRITAIN >> FERRARI was expected to walk the British Grand Prix. That it didn’t, however, was not as great a shock as the manner in which the team was beaten. Trumped on strategy, speed and consistency, Ferrari has been left to lick its wounds and reground before the next Grand Prix. “A Sunday to forget as quickly as possible in terms of the result,” Said Stefano Domenicali after the race, “although we must remember certain elements of this weekend, as there were mistakes made that we cannot afford to repeat.” Kimi Raikkonen recovered from a bad strategy call on tyres to finish fourth and while admitting he was annoyed with the result, acknowledged that things hadn’t finished as bad as they could have done. “I am disappointed but I am equally aware that things could have been much worse. We are a team and we win or lose together. Things are not going too well for me at the moment, given all that happened in the last few races, but I am leading the championship, even if it is on equal terms with Felipe [Massa] and Lewis [Hamilton].” Massa’s race was one to put in the dustbin as the Brazilian pulled off more pirouettes than an Olympic ice skater on the soaking track. “This Silverstone weekend is one to be wiped out. There is still a very long way to go in the championship and once again we’ve seen that it only takes one result to turn the situation around. Today, I could hardly keep the car in a straight line.” Massa finished the race two laps off the pace in 13th while Raikkonen, too, was lapped by race winner Lewis Hamilton. A shocker for the boys in Red Favourites battle in Britian, already looking ahead to the German GP ... THE British Grand Prix gremlins of the Red Bull F1 Team came back to haunt them once more in 2008 as both Mark Webber and David Coulthard saw their chances evaporate on the first lap. Red Bull Racing and its former guises of Jaguar Racing and Stewart Grand Prix have always suffered rotten luck at Silverstone, and the trend continued apace this season. Despite a front row grid slot, Mark Webber’s spin on the first lap stripped the Australian of any hopes of a good result, while team-mate David Coulthard took out not only himself but fellow Red Bull employee Sebastian Vettel’s Toro Rosso before the end of that very same opening lap. “Unfortunately I dropped it on the entrance to Becketts on the first lap,” Webber said. “I was quite close to Kimi [Raikkonen] and just got on the white line. I lost the car on the exit and had to let the field go past. After that it was about making the right call for the right conditions. It was a difficult day and a shame we couldn’t convert our good qualifying performance.” Coulthard, meanwhile could only apologise for his mistake in what will be his last British Grand Prix. “The visibility was incredibly bad as you can imagine. There was a gap down the inside, but unfortunately it was closing as I made the move. I’m sorry for Sebastian that we made contact and went into the gravel, I’m sorry for Red Bull too, as it was two cars out in one hit. I’m extremely disappointed.” Nightmares return for Red Bull 31