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GP Week : Issue 161
34 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Mark Webber became only the second two-time race winner this season after a scintillating drive from second on the grid. The Australian benefitted from a superior tyre strategy to main rival and championship leader Fernando Alonso, but had to drive an error-free race to make it happen. He capped it all with an audacious overtaking manoeuvre on Alonso around the outside at Brooklands, before pulling clear to a three- second win. Vettel completed the podium in third place after losing a chunk of time in the first stint while he was stuck behind Schumacher and Massa. Schumacher ’s wet-weather driving skills during qualifying more than flattered Mercedes’ performance at Silverstone, with Sunday’s dry race highlighting the W03’s massive pace deficit to its rivals. Schumacher drove admirably to keep Massa and Vettel behind during his first stint, but lost both places during the first round of stops. He then lost out to Raikkonen and Hamilton during his second stint, before re-passing Hamilton for seventh five laps from the end. Rosberg finished 15th after a poor start and general slow race pace. A five-point haul from their home race is as disappointing as it comes for a championship-winning team like McLaren, after struggling all weekend to extract performance from the MP4-27. Saturday’s wet qualifying session saw Button drop out in Q1 and Hamilton finishing only eighth, with Button’s fight into the points from 16th being the only bright note from Sunday. Button had to rely on a mistake by Nico Hulkenberg two laps from the end to finish in the points. Hamilton provided some excitement for the home fans with some donuts after the race. Kimi Raikkonen reckons a better start could have helped him to a better result in Silverstone, but he was nevertheless pleased to keep his points tally ticking over with fifth place, promoting him to fifth in the drivers’ championship. The Finn ran sixth early in the race before overtaking Schumacher for fifth during his middle stint. Despite closing and pressurising Massa late in the race he was unable to find a way by. Team-mate Grosjean had to overcome dropping to last place after first-lap contact and pitstop but was still able to recover to sixth thanks to lots of clean-air running and spending almost all of the race on the hard tyre. Ferrari’s second and fourth place finishes underlined just how much progress the team has made since the start of the season, but it could have been even better if luck had gone their way on Sunday. Alonso was overhauled with just five laps to go after driving an error-free race from pole position, but couldn’t defend from the rampant Webber because of tyre performance. Team-mate Massa meanwhile could have finished on the podium had he not lost out to Vettel during the first round of stops. The Brazilian pitted three laps later than Vettel, but was behind held up by Schumacher at the time. Force India return to their factory across the road from Silverstone empty-handed after a luckless home race for the team. Paul di Resta started tenth but was hit early on the first lap, puncturing his right-rear tyre. He returned to the pits for a new set, but the damage caused to his car on the in-lap was too severe to continue. Hulkenberg qualified ninth but a gearbox penalty dropped him to 14th. He had battled his way back into the points, but dropped from ninth to 12th on the penultimate lap after first losing a place to Senna and then running wide at Copse. Red Bull Mercedes McLaren Lotus Ferrari Force India TEAM-BY-TEAM: BRITISH GRAND PRIX F1 >>> SILVERSTONE 9/1 0 3/1 0 9/1 0 6/1 0 8/1 0 7/1 0