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GP Week : Issue 185
sergio Perez: McLaren Starting in 13th, Perez made up two spots off the start at the expense of Mark Webber and Jean-Eric Vergne. The young Mexican drove a solid race amidst the pandemonium to overtake teammate Jenson Button, running as high as ninth on lap 28. On lap 47 Perez’ race fell apart when his tyre exploded in the same dramatic fashion suffered by Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, and Jean-Eric Vergne. He managed to crawl back to the pits, but damage to the under tray and suspension made it too dangerous for him to continue. Jean-Eric Vergne: Toro Rosso Dropping four places at the start of the race, Vergne experienced a near-duplication of his teammate’s run in Canada, finding himself sandwiched between the Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas. By lap five, Vergne used the superior pace of the Toro Rosso to scythe past Maldonado before hunting down the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez. After Hamilton’s tyre exploded on lap 4 drivers were warned to stay off the kerbs, but on lap 15, Vergne would fall prey to the same phenomenon on the run down Wellington Straight – the predominantly right-hander circuit proving too high a load for the softer Pirellis in ambient conditions. sebastian Vettel: Red bull (pictured) After qualifying third, it was always going to be a question of when Vettel would be able to attack the Mercedes should they experience tyre problems. But Vettel wasn’t prepared to wait, making short work of Nico Rosberg at Copse on lap 1and giving chase to Lewis Hamilton. For a while it looked as though the Briton would maintain his lead as the Red Bull driver was two seconds behind and holding, out of DRS reach. Hamilton’s tyre failure proved a godsend, giving Vettel the lead until his race finished in ignominy with gearbox failure on the International Pits Straight. Down and out at Silverstone 35 GPWEEK.com // 35 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> GREAT BRITAIN