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GP Week : Issue 124
F1 EUROPE >> Team-By-Team: British GrandPrix, Silverstone Force India failed to score points for the fifth time this season after a massively disappointing debut home Grand Prix for Briton Paul di Resta. The Scot qualified a stunning sixth and was looking strong for seventh until losing 20 seconds with a pitstop fumble. The team had Sutil’s tyres at the ready, meaning they had to rush into the garage in search of di Resta’s, ending any chance of points. Sutil three-stopped to 11th, missing out on a point by just six tenths. Jaime Alguersuari recorded his third consecutive points finish for Toro Rosso, finally moving him ahead of team-mate Sebastien Buemi in the standings after a top quality drive from 18th on the grid. He stopped twice and was disappointed not to get by Schumacher and Heidfeld in front, despite feeling he was quicker. Buemi was set for a three-stopper in the sister Toro Rosso but contact with di Resta after his second stop caused a puncture which forced him into a trackside retirement. Sauber declared Sergio Perez to be back in action after scoring his first points finish since his high-speed accident in Monaco over a month ago. Starting 12th, the Mexican two- stopped his way to seventh and was unlucky not to finish sixth after putting intense pressure on Nico Rosberg throughout his final stint. Kobayashi on the other hand had a race to forget after touching Maldonado in the pitlane, incurring a stop/go penalty and retiring with an oil leak on lap 24. The team was happy with his race pace however. Virgin’s Timo Glock enjoyed a lonely race at the back of the field, taking advantage of the double Lotus retirement to win the battle of the ‘new’ teams by over 25 seconds. He led the battle from the first lap and easily pulled clear of team-mate d’Ambrosio who was locked in a battle with Liuzzi. Glock was pleased with the pace of the car, while d’Ambrosio struggled with a front-left tyre that was offering little to no grip in the final stint. F1 rookie Daniel Ricciardo achieved his aim of reaching the finish of his first ever F1 race, albeit at the back of the field three laps down. With no prior experience of the HRT, Ricciardo was able to stay relatively close to Liuzzi on intermediates early on but quickly fell behind as the blue flags waved to let the leaders through. Liuzzi stayed ahead of d’Ambrosio for the first stint, but fell behind at two-thirds distance. He failed to get the place back and finished 18th, 2 laps down. Team Lotus recorded their first double retirement in almost a full year after both Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli fell by the wayside within 10 laps of the start of the race. After getting through to Q2 on Saturday and qualifying 17th on the grid, Kovalainen failed to make it past the first lap when he lost fourth gear and was forced to retire. Trulli made it until lap 10 but had to retire with an engine oil leak. He had been trailing Glock in 20th place at the time. F1 BRITAIN >> 31