by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 185
To the widespread relief of teams, drivers, and fans alike, saturday morning in silverstone dawned bright and clear, with nothing in the sky to indicate reduced running time in either morning practice or afternoon qualifying. In the first phase of qualifying the Mercedes drivers continued their strong run of pace, with both Hamilton and Rosberg taking turns at the top of the timesheets before the session reached its midpoint. But when Hamilton sat in the top spot with a 1m30.995s lap under his belt, both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were still in the garage, yet to run. Both Toro Rosso drivers put on a strong showing, the pressure very much on now that – for the first time in Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne’s F1 careers – there is a definite vacancy at the Red Bull senior team next season. With Kimi Raikkonen in the running for the Red Bull drive, it is up to Ricciardo and Vergne to prove that they are the better bets for the team. Worryingly for the Scuderia, both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa ended Q1 on the edge of the dropout zone. Knocked out were the Caterham and Marussia pairings, Valtteri Bottas, and Esteban Gutierrez. The themes from Q1 carried over into Q2, with both Mercedes drivers demonstrating good pace, and strong performances from Ricciardo and the Force India pairing. Yet again, Vettel stayed in the garage for the bulk of the session, heading out on track for the first time with less than five minutes remaining. The defending world champion’s first timed lap saw him cross the line in 1m30.990s, good enough for P1 on the timesheets. Button dragged himself out of the dropout zone and into a precarious P10 before being eliminated by Kimi Raikkonen. Knocked out with him were Massa, Vergne, teammate Perez, Hulkenberg, and Pastor Maldonado. With the first half of Q3 given over to outlaps, the action only kicked off with six minutes remaining. First Ricciardo grabbed provisional pole, but Webber crossed the line one second faster than his countryman. In nanoseconds, Rosberg had eclipsed Webber but then Hamilton crossed the line in 1m30.096s, claiming the top spot for himself. Vettel’s first timed effort was a P-worthy 1m30.677s, one tenth slower than Webber’s first effort. Times fell as the session drew to a close, with Rosberg reclaiming provisional pole from his teammate before Hamilton trounced them all with a 1m29.607s lap, the only man to break below the 1m30s barrier all weekend. Vettel seemed to struggle to put together the perfect lap in Q3, but the Red Bull driver still shares the second row with his teammate. On the following pages, Trent Price takes a closer look at the incidents that shaped the 2013 British Grand Prix, from Massa and Webber’s impressive recovery to McLaren’s at-home humiliation and beyond... QUALIFYING 1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1m29.607s 2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1m30.059s 3. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1m30.211s 4. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1m30.220s 5. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1m30.757s 6. Adrian Sutil (Force India) 1m30.908s 7. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1m30.955s 8. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 1m30.962s 9. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1m30.979s 10. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1m31.649s 11. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1m31.779s 12. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1m31.785s 13. Sergio Perez (McLaren) 1m32.082s 14. Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber) 1m32.211s 15. Pastor Maldonado (Williams) 1m32.359s 16. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1m32.664s 17. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) 1m32.666s 18. Charles Pic (Caterham) 1m33.866s 19. Jules Bianchi (Marussia) 1m34.108s 20. Max Chilton (Marussia) 1m35.858s 21. Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) 1m35.481s * 22. Paul di Resta (Force India) 1m30.736s ** FRONT ROW AGAIN * van der Garde qualified in P21, but was issued with a ten-place grid penalty in Montreal for causing a collision with Mark Webber. He was then promoted back to P21 by di Resta’s disqualification. ** di Resta was found to be 1.5kg underweight in the post-qualifying scrutineering session; as a consequence he was eliminated from the results and moved to the back of the grid. THE GRID 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> GREAT BRITAIN