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GP Week : Issue 51
>>F1BRITAIN d Prix, Silverstone Toro Rosso started off the weekend with both cars on completely different set- ups, to see which driver preferred which version. It was decided that Bourdais car was by far the faster, and after practice this looked very obvious. Buemi was really struggling and was easily out-qualified by Bourdais – which comes as a genuine surprise these days – who was loving the Silverstone circuit. This was supposed to be Brawn’s race to lose … only it wasn’t. The British Grand Prix was all about Red Bull and how dominant it was from the start to the very end. Vettel was ominous from the word go, topping practice, topping quali and then pulling out a brilliant win. It might have been a boring race, but Vettel finally got that all important dry win and in such brilliant style. That he did so on so much Practice wasn’t about the glory runs for Williams in Silverstone, but on one of Nakajima’s favourite circuits Rosberg knew he was going to have an uphill struggle. As with all teams, tyre wear, graining and temperature were the buzz words. In qualifying, though, Rosberg managed to get up into 7th which was a well deserved position, but the shock Force India had invited Darts legend Bobby “Dazzler”George to Silverstone for the weekend, and Adrian Sutil very nearly locked out a comparative bullseye for the team in qualifying with a number of great laps that should have made Q2. That they didn’t get him up there shows how close it has got and how hard he was pushing as suspected brake issues saw him launch across the Abbey What to say that’s not already been said? They arrived in Silverstone as the team to beat, and they were beaten fair and square by a resurgent Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel. That’s not to say Brawn’s forgotten what to do; it really hasn’t but Red Bull’s recent technical developments have just got the jump on Brawn. The duo lined up second and sixth on the grid, at a track that Barrichello knows The duo would line up 17th and 20th after Sutil’s early accident called an end to their final runs. Buemi ran around at the back of the race, but at least brought the car home in one piece, which is more than can be said for his team-mate who was involved in a bit of a crazy moment with Kovalainen which took both of them out of action in the end. fuel showed just how quick those Red Bulls are right now. Webber was unlucky to have been held up viciously by Raikkonen in quali, without which he might have been on pole. But on such moments are races won and lost, and there was nothing he could do but put in the best performance he could, and that was enough for a 1-2. And deservedly so. came from Nakajima, who popped his car onto fifth on the grid. He was looking for a way past Barrichello in the race itself, but a bad timing on a pit call saw him get lumbered behind Raikkonen and out of the points. Rosberg could have had a podium but made do with fifth spot instead as the FW30 improves with every passing weekend. chicane and into the wall, in what was a big shunt. It brought out the red flags and called an end to his and everyone else’s session and saw the Force Indias ejected. With his car rebuilt, Sutil could only drag 17th out of it, but Fisi had a much better day. He finished 10th and could have been fighting for the points. Hugely unlucky for everyone at the team. and loves, and one on which Jenson has had constant support over the years. It wasn’t a great quali result, but much could be done from there. Button was unlucky to get squeezed after a few of the corners but sensed he might be able to race through. Sadly, no real overtaking really showed itself. JB still leads the title chase but Red Bull is coming for him. 33