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Grand Prix from Britain // Formula 1 World Championship 2012

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Fernando Alonso secured pole position yesterday, in a two-part qualifying that was halted by the rain. Today's forecast suggests there are more showers in the air, although how they will affect the action this afternoon is yet to be seen. Jenson Button has a lot of work to do after yet another poor qualifying performance, whilst Lewis Hamilton also starts further down than he would like. Mark Webber has good memories of Silverstone, and lines up alongside the Ferrari on the front row. There's plenty of action in store, as we await the start of the British Grand Prix.

As it happened: 2012 Britain - The Race

  • 12:00

    Hello, welcome, it's race day, are you excited? This is the Factbyte Factbox for the British Grand Prix!

  • 12:02

    So far, the weekend has been dominated by talk of the rain. At the moment, it looks to be dry at Silverstone, but that could change any second.

  • 12:04

    Fernando Alonso has pole position after a hectic qualifying yesterday. The session was red flagged during Q2 for a ninety minute rain delay.

  • 12:04

    I covered it all here on the FBFB, every minute, and when it got going again, it was worth the wait. Relive the sessions here: https://sidepodcast.com/event/qualifying-britain-formula-1-world-championship-2012

  • 12:06

    Mark Webber lines up alongside Alonso on the front row of the grid. The Australian won the race in 2010 and took pole position last year, so he knows his way around Silverstone.

  • 12:06

    Red Arrows DisplayThe Red Arrows display over Silverstone ahead of the race, via @marksdavies1.

  • 12:07

    TweetTweet from @realTimoGlock: Ready for I think an interesting race

  • 12:10

    The qualifying results have been tweaked slightly as no less than four drivers are facing penalties.

  • 12:10

    Charles Pic and Jean-Éric Vergne are at the back of the grid - Pic with a gearbox-related drop, and Vergne with ten places from Valencia.

  • 12:11

    Nico Hülkenberg has also been forced to change the gearbox, so he falls out of the top ten to start 14th.

  • 12:11

    Finally, Kamui Kobayashi starts 17th after a five place drop from events at the European Grand Prix.

  • 12:12
    Grid Position
    1F AlonsoFerrari
    2M WebberRed Bull
    3M SchumacherMercedes
    4
    S VettelRed Bull
    5F MassaFerrari
    6K RäikkönenLotus
    7P MaldonadoWilliams
    8L HamiltonMcLaren
    9R GrosjeanLotus
    10P di RestaForce India
  • 12:13

    Now, if you're following the action, do join the comments - they make everything that little bit better: https://sidepodcast.com/event/grand-prix-britain-formula-1-world-championship-2012

  • 12:16

    It was another tough day for Jenson Button yesterday, who found himself dropping out of qualifying in the first session. After penalties around him, he will start 16th.

  • 12:18

    Yesterday, after the session, Button said: "I can usually drive a racing car in the wet, but obviously not today. If Sunday is wet, as we expect it to be, then the fact that we haven't put too many miles on the tyres may make me a bit better equipped for tomorrow. You've just got to take the positives from the situation, wherever you can."

  • 12:19

    Interview with Sergio Pérez: "We're expecting at the moment, dry track to start with, that's what the forecast says. Then hopefully some rain. Hopefully it can come earlier. If it's a normal race, we are out of position."

  • 12:22
    2012 Race Wins
    PosDriverTotal
    1Fernando Alonso2
    2Jenson Button1
    3Lewis Hamilton1
    4Pastor Maldonado1
    5Nico Rosberg1
    6Sebastian Vettel1
    7Mark Webber1
  • 12:24

    TweetTweet from @radarguruf1: #F1 radar update 12:23 BST: Quiet so far, showers beginning to develop across parts of the midlands. No rain for the next hour. Dry start.

  • 12:25
    Circuit Data
    Silverstone Circuit
    Local timezone+01:00 GMT
    First race1950
    Number of laps52
    Circuit length5.891km
    Race distance306.198km
    Start offset0.134km
  • 12:28

    If you want a peek at how the penalties have altered the grid today, here's a handy little post: https://sidepodcast.com/post/britain-2012-starting-grid

  • 12:32

    The pit lane has now opened and the cars are revving up, leaving their garages and heading out to the grid. Their first test of the condition of the track.

  • 12:35

    In teammate comparison news, Fernando Alonso is the only driver to have finished ahead of his teammate in every race of the year so far.

  • 12:36

    He also hasn't retired since Canada 2011, finishing in the points in every race since then!

  • 12:37

    Petrov is making his way onto the grid, but it looks like his engine has given up and at the back of the circuit, he's pulled to the side of the track.

  • 12:39

    Caterham mechanics are pushing Petrov's car back to the pitlane, and they're looking over the car to see what the problem is.

  • 12:42

    Interview with Derek Warwick: "It's a special event. This is one of those tick boxes that all Grand Prix drivers want to win. They want to win Monaco, they want to win Britain, they want to win Italy.

    "Mega for me is Lewis, Lewis and Jenson. We want a British win today and that's what I'm fighting for."

  • 12:43

    Interview with Mark Webber: "[Hoping for] some bubbly at the end, it could be a tricky race. Don't know what the weather's doing, the sun's out know, but it could change very quickly. Hopefully we can put it all together."

  • 12:44

    Petrov stoppedA snap of Petrov's car stopped on track earlier, via @henrymckenna1.

  • 12:46
    Lap Data
    (data from Williams F1)
    Fuel consumption2.8kg
    Fuel lap time penalty0.4s/10kg
    Full throttle66%
    Top speed302kph
    Average speed233kph
    Longest straight1034m
    Pit lane loss21s
    Pit lane length422m
  • 12:47

    TweetTweet from @Marussia_F1Team: Both cars are on the grid and it's time now to enjoy the moment at our home race. Thanks for all your good wishes for the race

  • 12:49

    QuoteComment from Steven Roy: I wonder who has the closest to a dry set up on their cars. This race could get really interesting really quickly. The grid was set in pouring rain so the cars that were quick then won't necessarily be quick now

  • 12:49

    Weather

    19°C

    Track27°C
    Humidity67%
    Wind speed2.7mps
  • 12:51

    Jean Todt is chatting to Michael Schumacher - old Ferrari buddies - next to the German's third place grid slot.

  • 12:52

    Bruno Senna's engineers are instructing the mechanics they want 40% brake blanking, less cooling required in these low temperatures.

  • 12:53

    Less than ten minutes to go now, drivers are starting to climb into their cars and get settled.

  • 12:55

    TweetTweet from @MyCaterhamF1: Engine failure ends Vitaly's race before it's started. Such a shame as he was very positive about today's race. Time now to focus on Heikki

  • 12:56

    Petrov was due to start from 18th on the grid, ahead of teammate Kovalainen, but is now back in the garage.

  • 12:57

    Vettel and Schumacher pull on their gloves as they set in the car - Michael even waves at the camera, showing just how relaxed he's feeling!

  • 12:58

    Mark Webber sits in his car, looking very much as though he's getting in the zone. He hasn't got his gloves on yet.

  • 13:00

    Fernando Alonso moves away on the formation lap, Webber following him to the first corner.

  • 13:00

    As the cars clear the grid, the mechanics run back towards the garage and out of the way.

  • 13:01

    Alonso has opted to run on the harder compound, whilst the next six drivers are on softs. Hamilton is also on hards, and further back it is a good mixture of strategy calls.

  • 13:02

    Race Control: Track surface slippery in sector 13. (That's Stowe corner.)

  • 13:03

    The grid reforms, the lights come on.

  • 13:03

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Alonso crosses in front of Webber, who switches to the other side, but the Ferrari retains the lead.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Vettel and Räikkönen had a bit of a coming together, there could be some parts damaged, and they bunched up the field.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Yellow flagYellow flags. Paul di Resta has a puncture, he's slowly making his way down the field. He spun at turn 5.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Felipe Massa managed to avoid the Vettel/Kimi incident and improved one place to fourth.

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Button has rocketed up to 13th place, and is doing battle with Romain Grosjean.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Kimi has tried a move on Maldonado, but ran wide, kicking up some dust as he bounced over the kerb and grass.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Green flagTrack is clear. Di Resta has made it back to the pits, and he's changed his tyres.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Kobayashi made a pass on Romain Grosjean, who subsequently dived straight into the pitlane.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Race Control: DRS enabled.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Grosjean is having the front wing of the car changed, and he's back out on track.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Yellow flagYellow flag.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Vettel pulls alongside Massa, and he can't make the position stick there, but they round onto the straight and they are side by side once more.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Massa retains the position for now, but it can only be a matter of time.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Green flagTrack is clear. Not sure what happened there.

  • 13:08 Lap 4

    There was a little contact between the Red Bull and the Ferrari, but Massa is still ahead.

  • 13:09 Lap 4

    The yellow flag earlier was for Di Resta who ran off track again. He's back in the pitlane, it may be race over for him.

  • 13:09 Lap 4

    The Force India mechanics are downheartedly pushing Di Resta into the garage, it is an early retirement for him.

  • 13:10 Lap 5

    So, in all the fun and games, Alonso is still leading Webber and Schumacher, but he's not pulling out a massive gap á la Vettel.

  • 13:12 Lap 6

    RadioTeam radio from Hamilton: "I have no pace. Struggling to keep up with these guys."

  • 13:12 Lap 6
    Driver Positions
    PosDriver
    10F Alonso
    20M Webber
    30M Schumacher
    41F Massa
    5-1S Vettel
    60K Räikkönen
    70P Maldonado
    80L Hamilton
    9+6S Pérez
    10+3B Senna
  • 13:13 Lap 6

    Hamilton is, of course, on the harder tyre, so that may explain why he is not keeping up with the drivers around him. He's sitting snugly in eighth at the moment.

  • 13:14 Lap 7

    Felipe Massa has managed to pull out a bit of a gap to Vettel, and is now hounding Schumacher for third place.

  • 13:14 Lap 7

    RadioTeam radio to Massa: "Use KERS 7 and 13, and try to use the rear wing earlier."

  • 13:15 Lap 7

    Romain Grosjean has set the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:39.216. He's currently down in 21st after that early pit stop.

  • 13:17 Lap 9

    A train of cars are forming behind Schumacher, who is allowed Webber and Alonso out in front to gain something of a lead.

  • 13:17 Lap 9

    Massa is still hounding the German for third place, he's desperate to get past but there's been no opening as yet.

  • 13:18 Lap 10

    Grosjean beats his own time to set another fastest lap.

  • 13:19 Lap 10

    Pérez slides up the inside of Hamilton's McLaren, but the Brit is having none of it and Sergio has to fall back again. They're battling for 8th place.

  • 13:20 Lap 10

    Replays show Grosjean has passed Timo Glock for 19th place. A lot of work for Lotus to do this afternoon!

  • 13:20 Lap 11

    Red Bull mechanics jog out into the pitlane as Vettel comes in, becoming the first driver to opt for a planned stop. Hard tyres go on the car.

  • 13:20 Lap 11

    TweetTweet from @OfficialSF1Team: P9 and P13 for our drivers. and the good thing - currently only 4 sec behind MSC on 3rd position. all close together. #F1

  • 13:21 Lap 12

    Interview with Paul di Resta: "Not really too sure, we're not sure if somebody's hit us or something happened to the tyre... it was clearly off the rim and punctured. While trying to get back to the pits, I damaged the floor quite badly. It's not been a great weekend, the weather's hampered it, not done much running. The sun's come out, hopefully they'll put on a good race."

  • 13:21 Lap 12
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverS Vettel
    TeamRed Bull
    Pit lane25.829s
    Stopped3.5s
  • 13:22 Lap 12

    Felipe Massa has FINALLY managed to get past Michael Schumacher, the Ferrari up to third now.

  • 13:22 Lap 12

    Meanwhile, Maldonado and Pérez head into the pitlane, and return to the track in that order after two clean stops.

  • 13:23 Lap 12

    CrashAccident between Pérez and Maldonado!

  • 13:23 Lap 13

    Maldonado is slowly touring the circuit to make it back to the pitlane, Pérez looks as though he has stopped on track.

  • 13:23 Lap 13

    Race Control: DRS disabled.

  • 13:23 Lap 13

    Michael Schumacher comes in for his first stop of the day.

  • 13:25 Lap 14

    Pastor and PérezPérez was trying to go round the outside of the Williams, looked like he might make the position but Maldonado understeered into the side of the Sauber, knocking them both off track.

  • 13:25 Lap 14

    Pérez shows visible frustration, kicking at the grass as he walks away from the stricken car.

  • 13:25 Lap 14

    Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen both pit, and return to the track in the same order.

  • 13:25 Lap 14

    Race Control: DRS enabled.

  • 13:26 Lap 14

    The reason DRS was disabled is because that accident occurred in the DRS zone, bringing out the yellow flags, and you can't DRS in a yellow flag zone.

  • 13:26 Lap 15

    Race Control: Incident involving Pérez and Maldonado will be investigated after the race.

  • 13:27 Lap 15

    Mark Webber pits from second place, he's got the harder compound on now.

  • 13:27 Lap 15

    Unseen by us, Senna spun at turn 18 but continued on his way. He's also pitted for the first time as well.

  • 13:28 Lap 15

    Alonso pits from the lead.

  • 13:29 Lap 16
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverF Alonso
    TeamFerrari
    Pit lane25.372s
    Stopped3.9s
  • 13:29 Lap 16

    Vettel has overtaken Button, the Red Bull moving up to 7th place. Although Button has not yet stopped.

  • 13:29 Lap 16

    Felipe Massa has easily passed Button as well, it must almost be time for another McLaren stop.

  • 13:30 Lap 16

    Kobayashi, Hülkenberg, Button and Ricciardo all dive into the pitlane.

  • 13:30 Lap 17

    Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the race so far, with a 1:37.498.

  • 13:31 Lap 17

    Narain Karthikeyan has also come in for his first stop of the day.

  • 13:32 Lap 18

    Lewis Hamilton is leading the race now, but he hasn't yet stopped. He's got 0.9 seconds on Alonso, but the Ferrari is closing in.

  • 13:32 Lap 18
    One to Watch
    Rosbergvs.Button
    12th+0.4s13th
  • 13:33 Lap 18

    I wonder if Hamilton is worried about coming in for a stop, and who could blame him after the many incidents this year?

  • 13:34 Lap 18

    Massive fight between Hamilton and Alonso, the pair swapping positions at least twice through the first sector. Alonso does get the position, but it wasn't an easy move!

  • 13:35 Lap 20

    Thus, Fernando Alonso retakes his lead of the race. Hamilton sits second, still without a pit stop to his name, then Webber and Vettel behind.

  • 13:37 Lap 21

    The McLaren mechanics take up position in the pitlane, it must be Hamilton's turn to come in. 21 laps on one set of tyres. He and De la Rosa are the only ones not to have stopped yet.

  • 13:37 Lap 21

    And yet, Hamilton has gone past the pitlane entrance. Radio traffic suggests he was asked to box this lap but did not confirm the call.

  • 13:38 Lap 22

    Finally, Hamilton does make his stop, it was lap 22 in the end. An incredibly quick stop from McLaren - for a change!

  • 13:39 Lap 22

    Hamilton returns to the track in 7th place, sitting behind Kimi Räikkönen.

  • 13:41 Lap 23

    Karthikeyan becomes the first driver to be shown waved blue flags as Alonso closes in.

  • 13:42 Lap 22

    Interview with Sergio Pérez: "Pastor is a driver that doesn't respect other drivers. As a matter of fact, I was already in front, and if not, he should have given me enough space not to crash. He tried to push me all the way to the outside. I really don't understand the way he's driving... the last three or four races, he's done something to someone. He did the same thing to me in Valencia, and they just gave him a drive through. It's not enough, and he will never learn... "Everybody has concerns about him. He's a driver that doesn't respect, doesn't know that we are risking our lives. No respect at all, and the way he's driving, I think the stewards really have to do something by now. He does affect many other drivers, I'm not the only one."

  • 13:43 Lap 24

    Schumacher has lost two places now, falling back behind both Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton.

  • 13:45 Lap 26
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    10F Alonso
    1
    20
    M Webber1
    3+1S Vettel1
    4+1F Massa1
    5+1K Räikkönen1
    6+2L Hamilton1
    7-4M Schumacher1
    8+1R Grosjean1
    9+8K Kobayashi1
    10+4N Hülkenberg1
  • 13:46 Lap 27

    Michael Schumacher seems to have lost out considerably for now, whilst Kamui Kobayashi has improved eight places on the start!

  • 13:48 Lap 27

    Romain Grosjean comes in for a second stop. He was sitting in seventh, having overtaken Schumacher.

  • 13:49 Lap 28

    TweetTweet from @Marussia_F1Team: Charles is banging out some nice laps

  • 13:49 Lap 28

    No sign of any rain as yet, the sun still seems to be shining over Silverstone.

  • 13:50 Lap 29

    Pedro de la Rosa comes in for his first stop of the afternoon, as Lewis Hamilton comes in for his second stop.

  • 13:50 Lap 29

    It was a very short stint for the McLaren driver, and it's the harder tyre that goes back on the car.

  • 13:51 Lap 30
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stALO1:37.551
    2ndWEB+5.8
    3rdVET
    +9.4
    4thMAS
    +12.0
    5thRAI
    +16.8
  • 13:51 Lap 30

    Hamilton's radio says they will not be stopping again, and it's good news that they returned to the track in front of Romain Grosjean.

  • 13:54 Lap 31

    Bruno Senna stops from ninth position. Ricciardo and Kovalainen have both also stopped for a second time.

  • 13:54 Lap 31

    Lewis Hamilton has closed up behind Jenson Button, ready to make a move on his teammate any moment now.

  • 13:54 Lap 32

    The pair are on different strategies, and it was an easy move for Hamilton on his fresher tyres.

  • 13:55 Lap 32

    Sebastian Vettel comes in for his second stop, leaving the track in third, and returning in fifth.

  • 13:57 Lap 33
    Top Speeds
    Sector 1Räikkönen309kph
    Sector 2Grosjean247kph
    Sector 3Webber239kph
    Speed trapRäikkönen306kph
  • 13:57 Lap 33

    Good pace on the Lotus for now. Romain Grosjean closing up behind Hamilton, who reports on the radio he's much faster than they are.

  • 13:58 Lap 34

    Mark Webber pits from second place, leaving Massa to move up a position. There's fourteen seconds between the Ferrari teammates now.

  • 13:59 Lap 34

    Jenson Button sets the fastest lap of the race so far. The time is down to 1:36.329.

  • 13:59 Lap 35
    One to Watch
    Schumachervs.Kobayashi
    6th+0.582s7th
  • 14:00 Lap 35

    Räikkönen takes his second stop of the day, with the harder tyre going on the Lotus. Schumacher bails on that battle with the Sauber and also pits.

  • 14:01 Lap 36

    Felipe Massa comes in for a stop, while behind him Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the race.

  • 14:01 Lap 36

    All drivers look to be on the harder compound, with just De la Rosa on softs.

  • 14:02 Lap 36

    Hülkenberg changes to softs as he takes a pit stop.

  • 14:03 Lap 37

    Drivers who still have to stop, having only used one tyre: Alonso, Kobayashi, Rosberg and Glock. Also, Karthikeyan who is running down in 21st and last.

  • 14:03 Lap 37

    And so, Alonso is desperately trying to pull out enough of a lead to stop and still retain P1 ahead of Mark Webber. The gap is currently 19.6 seconds.

  • 14:04 Lap 38

    Fernando Alonso does dive into the pitlane, it will be soft tyres going on the Ferrari. He has 14 laps to complete on those tyres.

  • 14:05 Lap 38

    Alonso does manage to keep his lead, with Mark Webber remaining in second. The gap is now down to about five seconds.

  • 14:06 Lap 38

    Replays show that a Kamui Kobayashi pit stop went horribly wrong as the driver came in far too fast, barrelling over at least four or five mechanics.

  • 14:06 Lap 39

    TweetTweet from @radarguruf1: #F1 radar update 14:05 BST: Nearest shower is just to the east of Northampton. Showers slow-moving. Likely dry until the end now

  • 14:07 Lap 39

    RadioTeam radio to Webber: "Alonso will be quick now on options, your best chance is probably at the end."

  • 14:07 Lap 39

    Kobi's stopKobayashi's stop goes wrong.

  • 14:08 Lap 40

    Another problem in the pitlane, as replays show a delayed stop for Nico Rosberg. He's off and running again, but the delay won't help him.

  • 14:08 Lap 40

    Romain Grosjean has set the fastest lap of the race yet again. He's sitting in sixth place, behind teammate Kimi Räikkönen.

  • 14:10 Lap 41

    One of the Sauber mechanics is being taken off for a medical checkup, but there are no serious injuries reported from that pit incident.

  • 14:11 Lap 42
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stALO1:36.459
    2ndWEB+3.9
    3rdVET
    +9.4
    4thMAS
    +13.6
    5thRAI
    +18.1
    6thGRO
    +21.6
  • 14:13 Lap 43

    RadioTeam radio to Schumacher: "A good lap, Michael, another seven tenths. The gap is now down to three seconds."

  • 14:14 Lap 43

    Schumacher is trying to claw back the gap to Lewis Hamilton in seventh. 2.5 seconds now.

  • 14:14 Lap 44

    Meanwhile, Jenson Button is hunting down Bruno Senna, who in turn is closing on Nico Hülkenberg. The McLaren is desperately trying to get into the points.

  • 14:16 Lap 45

    Webber has closed the gap on race leader Fernando Alonso. It's just 1.3 seconds now - soon to be in the DRS window.

  • 14:16 Lap 45

    Button tries a move on Senna at Stowe, but can't make it stick yet.

  • 14:17 Lap 46

    Webber closed up massively on the Ferrari in that lap, he's now within the DRS range, the gap is 0.5 seconds.

  • 14:18 Lap 46

    We've got just seven laps remaining, and the pair are making their way through traffic as well.

  • 14:18 Lap 46

    Alonso is going to struggle to hold the Red Bull behind him, Webber is showing incredible pace at the moment.

  • 14:19 Lap 47
    One to Watch
    Alonsovs.Webber
    1st+0.4s2nd
  • 14:20 Lap 47

    Webber moves to the side to have a brief look at the Ferrari, but it's too far this time round.

  • 14:20 Lap 47

    Replays show Michael Schumacher pulling alongside and round the outside of Lewis Hamilton, securing himself seventh position.

  • 14:21 Lap 48

    Webber goes round the outside of Brooklands, Alonso tries to get it back, but the Australian keeps it going to get the lead.

  • 14:22 Lap 48

    Behind, Alonso weaves a little - perhaps in frustration - but the gap is already widening as the Red Bull can finally show its true pace.

  • 14:22 Lap 48

    As if to demonstrate it, Webber sets the fastest lap of the race so far: 1:34.953.

  • 14:23 Lap 49

    RadioTeam radio to Massa: "Think about the speed on 3 and 4, we need the traction out of 4."

  • 14:25 Lap 51

    Kimi Räikkönen gets the fastest lap of the race back for Lotus, 1:34.728. He's closing up on Massa, just a second between them.

  • 14:26 Lap 51

    Kimi runs very wide, losing plenty of time and dropping back from the Ferrari. Massa can breathe easy for now.

  • 14:26 Lap 51

    For reference, the fastest lap of the 2011 British Grand Prix was 1:34.908.

  • 14:27 Lap 52

    Bruno Senna runs all the way round the outside of Nico Hülkenberg, securing himself ninth position.

  • 14:27 Lap 52

    In trying to get him back, Hülkenberg runs wide, and allows Jenson Button through and into the points.

  • 14:28

    Chequered flagMark Webber wins the British Grand Prix!!

  • 14:29

    The Red Bull mechanics cheer their drivers across the line - both cars finish in the top three.

  • 14:30

    Yellow flagPost race yellow flag.

  • 14:30
    Race Winner
    DriverMark Webber
    TeamRed Bull
    Race time1:25:11.288
    Race distance306.198km
    Average speed215.662km/h
  • 14:32
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    1+1M Webber
    2
    2-1
    F Alonso2
    3+1S Vettel2
    4+1F Massa2
    5+1K Räikkönen2
    6+3R Grosjean2
    7-4M Schumacher2
    80L Hamilton2
    9+4B Senna2
    10+6J Button2
  • 14:32

    TweetTweet from @Marussia_F1Team: P18 Timo and P19 Charles. A very solid and clean race for us. Such an awesome job by our boys all day

  • 14:33

    Lewis Hamilton does some donuts for the fans. Frowned upon by the stewards, but the fans appreciate it and cheer their driver round the track.

  • 14:33

    Mark Webber climbs from his car, Sebastian Vettel is right there to congratulate his teammate, although the German looks a little disappointed.

  • 14:34

    Hamilton donutsHamilton entertains the fans.

  • 14:35

    Fernando Alonso puts his Pirelli hat on as the drivers prepare for the podium ceremony. He also looks disappointed but retains his lead on the championship.

  • 14:36

    Webber leaps with happiness as the national anthems play out. Silverstone's snazzy new podium has rotating flags in the back wall rather than on poles.

  • 14:38
    Retirements
    DriverReasonLap
    V PetrovDNS!0
    P Di RestaPuncture
    4
    S PérezAccident damage12
  • 14:39

    The trophies are handed out, and the champagne bottles are shaken and stirred. Both Alonso and Webber aim their bottles at the pretty ladies on the podium, then Webber takes a good swig.

  • 14:39

    Sir Jackie Stewart takes to the podium to interview the drivers.

  • 14:40

    Interview with Mark Webber: "A very interesting race, I thought at the start Fernando had very good pace. A bit of strategy in the end there, Fernando started on a different tyre. We never gave up, kept pushing. It was close for Fernando, we were there to capitalise. Very special victory for the team, incredible for them, and also for Renault. Very proud for them, thanks to all the fans for sticking with us the last few days."

  • 14:42

    Interview with Fernando Alonso: "It was quite close today, the victory, but at the end Mark was much quicker than us. He deserved the win, so congratulations to him. I'm very proud of Ferrari for the recovery in the last couple of weeks... We're in the right direction. Thanks to all the fans that we had not so good weather, they were cheering all the time for us. I hope they enjoyed the show today, and see you next year.

    "The championship is the main target for us, today we lost some points with Mark but gained some extra points with the rest of the field."

  • 14:43

    Interview with Sebastian Vettel: "It was an interesting one. The start was not so good, I lost a little bit. I had a tough with Felipe in the beginning, it was really close. It was fun but I didn't get past. We then brought the right strategy to come back, but then obviously later on you always have a bit of extra on your tyres. All in all very happy, Mark deserved to win today, very happy for the result for the team. Thanks for the fans out there, it was quite horrible out there. Today the sun came out and the British summer showed its best, looking forward to coming back next year."

  • 14:46
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1Fernando Alonso129
    2Mark Webber116
    3Sebastian Vettel100
    4Lewis Hamilton92
    5Kimi Räikkönen83
  • 14:46
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1Red Bull216
    2Ferrari152
    3Lotus144
    4McLaren142
    5Mercedes98
  • 14:50

    Interview with Christian Horner: "It was a really flat out race because we elected to start on the soft tyre. We thought it was the right thing to do, surprised Fernando started on the hard, but we knew we needed to be quick at the end of the race. The strategy worked well for us and Mark was quick when he needed to be. That pass at the end was fantastic.

    "Mark, this year, has been in great form. He had a really positive winner, and he's enjoying his driving again... To win the Monaco GP and now at Silverstone, and to have Sebastian up there as well is a fantastic result for us."

  • 14:51

    Interview with Stefano Domenicali: "I think that today, we didn't have the pace with the soft. With the hard it was really good. We have to congratulate Red Bull that they won. It's a tough championship, we know that. Good points, let's move to Hockenheim, we know what to do.

    "I think we are in a crucial part of the season, we need to keep the pace we had today in Germany and Hungary, and keep working because the others are very strong."

  • 14:52
    Final Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stWEB1:35.778
    2ndALO+3.0
    3rdVET
    +4.8
    4thMAS
    +9.5
    5thRAI
    +10.3
  • 14:53

    Webber winsWebber lifts the trophy with a big smile on his face.

  • 14:54

    Interview with Lewis Hamilton: "It was a disappointing day in the sense we wish we could have gone further forward, given more for the fans. I pushed as hard as I could. I was flat out right to the end, for some reason just didn't have any speed.

    "You have to have the balance to make the tyres last, the balance wasn't so bad because I was in the lead at one point because everyone else had pitted. But after that we didn't have the pace to improve, we thought we were going to do better here this weekend with the downforce package, but obviously not."

  • 14:57
    Race Battle
    TeamFinished Ahead
    Kimi Räikkönen7
    Romain Grosjean2
  • 15:00

    An interview with Jenson Button, who looks almost shell-shocked at his recent performances: "There wasn't a point in the race, really, where I thought we'd done the wrong strategy. I didn't make any mistakes, I gave everything and was surprised to be that far down. Our car doesn't feel too bad but everybody's else's must feel really good because they're a lot faster than us.

    Racing the Williams and the Sauber out there, and you see areas they're able to put the car and get away with it, and I don't understand how they can do that. It's frustrating for Lewis and myself, so we have to pull together and make some progress for the next race in Hockenheim. We wanted to put on a better show today and we couldn't do that, so sorry for that."

  • 15:01

    However, scenes on the BBC show Button standing on the pit wall and engaging with the fans, and that's when the smile breaks out.

  • 15:01

    A great race, all things considered. Where McLaren are struggling, Ferrari are improving, and you can never discount a speedy Red Bull at any circuit.

  • 15:02

    Alonso keeps his lead on the championship, with Webber closing in. On the constructor's side, McLaren have lost a position to Lotus.

  • 15:02

    The sun was shining today for the fans, giving them some much needed respite from the rain. It was not such a good race for our retirees - Pérez, Di Resta and Petrov.

  • 15:03

    Massa did a great job to finish fourth, whilst Grosjean kept touch with teammate Räikkönen despite crashing out in qualifying yesterday.

  • 15:03

    Further back, Rosberg's bungled pit stop lost him plenty of momentum, and he finished 15th, just ahead of Pastor Maldonado. The Williams driver's conduct has been questioned by Pérez today, and the stewards will be looking into their collision.

  • 15:04

    Once that has all shaken out, it's two weeks to the next race in Germany, which will take place at Hockenheim.

  • 15:05

    In the meantime, stay tuned to https://sidepodcast.com and http://f1minute.com for some fabulous news and discussion.

  • 15:05

    I will see you soon, fact fans, stay safe, warm and happy.

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Fernando Alonso secured pole position yesterday, in a two-part qualifying that was halted by the rain. Today's forecast suggests there are more showers in the air, although how they will affect the action this afternoon is yet to be seen. Jenson Button has a lot of work to do after yet another poor qualifying performance, whilst Lewis Hamilton also starts further down than he would like. Mark Webber has good memories of Silverstone, and lines up alongside the Ferrari on the front row. There's plenty of action in store, as we await the start of the British Grand Prix.
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Event start

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8 July 2012