The Red Arrows display over Silverstone ahead of the race, via @marksdavies1.
Tweet from @realTimoGlock: Ready for I think an interesting race
The qualifying results have been tweaked slightly as no less than four drivers are facing penalties.
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.
Nico Hülkenberg has also been forced to change the gearbox, so he falls out of the top ten to start 14th.
Finally, Kamui Kobayashi starts 17th after a five place drop from events at the European Grand Prix.
|2||M Webber||Red Bull|
|4||S Vettel||Red Bull|
|10||P di Resta||Force India|
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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.
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."
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."
Tweet 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.
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|Number of laps||52|
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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.
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.
He also hasn't retired since Canada 2011, finishing in the points in every race since then!
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.
Caterham mechanics are pushing Petrov's car back to the pitlane, and they're looking over the car to see what the problem is.
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."
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."
A snap of Petrov's car stopped on track earlier, via @henrymckenna1.
|(data from Williams F1)|
|Fuel lap time penalty||0.4s/10kg|
|Pit lane loss||21s|
|Pit lane length||422m|
Tweet 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
Comment 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
Jean Todt is chatting to Michael Schumacher - old Ferrari buddies - next to the German's third place grid slot.
Bruno Senna's engineers are instructing the mechanics they want 40% brake blanking, less cooling required in these low temperatures.
Less than ten minutes to go now, drivers are starting to climb into their cars and get settled.
Tweet 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
Petrov was due to start from 18th on the grid, ahead of teammate Kovalainen, but is now back in the garage.
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!
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.
Fernando Alonso moves away on the formation lap, Webber following him to the first corner.
As the cars clear the grid, the mechanics run back towards the garage and out of the way.
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.
Race Control: Track surface slippery in sector 13. (That's Stowe corner.)
The grid reforms, the lights come on.
Alonso crosses in front of Webber, who switches to the other side, but the Ferrari retains the lead.
Vettel and Räikkönen had a bit of a coming together, there could be some parts damaged, and they bunched up the field.
Yellow flags. Paul di Resta has a puncture, he's slowly making his way down the field. He spun at turn 5.
Felipe Massa managed to avoid the Vettel/Kimi incident and improved one place to fourth.
Button has rocketed up to 13th place, and is doing battle with Romain Grosjean.
Kimi has tried a move on Maldonado, but ran wide, kicking up some dust as he bounced over the kerb and grass.
Track is clear. Di Resta has made it back to the pits, and he's changed his tyres.
Kobayashi made a pass on Romain Grosjean, who subsequently dived straight into the pitlane.
Race Control: DRS enabled.
Grosjean is having the front wing of the car changed, and he's back out on track.
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.
Massa retains the position for now, but it can only be a matter of time.
Track is clear. Not sure what happened there.
There was a little contact between the Red Bull and the Ferrari, but Massa is still ahead.
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.
The Force India mechanics are downheartedly pushing Di Resta into the garage, it is an early retirement for him.
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.
Team radio from Hamilton: "I have no pace. Struggling to keep up with these guys."
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.
Felipe Massa has managed to pull out a bit of a gap to Vettel, and is now hounding Schumacher for third place.
Team radio to Massa: "Use KERS 7 and 13, and try to use the rear wing earlier."
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.
A train of cars are forming behind Schumacher, who is allowed Webber and Alonso out in front to gain something of a lead.
Massa is still hounding the German for third place, he's desperate to get past but there's been no opening as yet.
Grosjean beats his own time to set another fastest lap.
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.
Replays show Grosjean has passed Timo Glock for 19th place. A lot of work for Lotus to do this afternoon!
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.
Tweet 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
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."
Felipe Massa has FINALLY managed to get past Michael Schumacher, the Ferrari up to third now.
Meanwhile, Maldonado and Pérez head into the pitlane, and return to the track in that order after two clean stops.
Accident between Pérez and Maldonado!
Maldonado is slowly touring the circuit to make it back to the pitlane, Pérez looks as though he has stopped on track.
Race Control: DRS disabled.
Michael Schumacher comes in for his first stop of the day.
Pérez 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.
Pérez shows visible frustration, kicking at the grass as he walks away from the stricken car.
Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen both pit, and return to the track in the same order.
Race Control: DRS enabled.
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.
Race Control: Incident involving Pérez and Maldonado will be investigated after the race.
Mark Webber pits from second place, he's got the harder compound on now.
Unseen by us, Senna spun at turn 18 but continued on his way. He's also pitted for the first time as well.
Alonso pits from the lead.
Vettel has overtaken Button, the Red Bull moving up to 7th place. Although Button has not yet stopped.
Felipe Massa has easily passed Button as well, it must almost be time for another McLaren stop.
Kobayashi, Hülkenberg, Button and Ricciardo all dive into the pitlane.
Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the race so far, with a 1:37.498.
Narain Karthikeyan has also come in for his first stop of the day.
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.
I wonder if Hamilton is worried about coming in for a stop, and who could blame him after the many incidents this year?
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!
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.
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.
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.
Finally, Hamilton does make his stop, it was lap 22 in the end. An incredibly quick stop from McLaren - for a change!
Hamilton returns to the track in 7th place, sitting behind Kimi Räikkönen.
Karthikeyan becomes the first driver to be shown waved blue flags as Alonso closes in.
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."
Schumacher has lost two places now, falling back behind both Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton.
Michael Schumacher seems to have lost out considerably for now, whilst Kamui Kobayashi has improved eight places on the start!
Romain Grosjean comes in for a second stop. He was sitting in seventh, having overtaken Schumacher.
Tweet from @Marussia_F1Team: Charles is banging out some nice laps
No sign of any rain as yet, the sun still seems to be shining over Silverstone.
Pedro de la Rosa comes in for his first stop of the afternoon, as Lewis Hamilton comes in for his second stop.
It was a very short stint for the McLaren driver, and it's the harder tyre that goes back on the car.
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.
Bruno Senna stops from ninth position. Ricciardo and Kovalainen have both also stopped for a second time.
Lewis Hamilton has closed up behind Jenson Button, ready to make a move on his teammate any moment now.
The pair are on different strategies, and it was an easy move for Hamilton on his fresher tyres.
Sebastian Vettel comes in for his second stop, leaving the track in third, and returning in fifth.
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.
Mark Webber pits from second place, leaving Massa to move up a position. There's fourteen seconds between the Ferrari teammates now.
Jenson Button sets the fastest lap of the race so far. The time is down to 1:36.329.
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.
Felipe Massa comes in for a stop, while behind him Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the race.
All drivers look to be on the harder compound, with just De la Rosa on softs.
Hülkenberg changes to softs as he takes a pit stop.
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.
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.
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.
Alonso does manage to keep his lead, with Mark Webber remaining in second. The gap is now down to about five seconds.
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.
Tweet 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
Team radio to Webber: "Alonso will be quick now on options, your best chance is probably at the end."
Kobayashi's stop goes wrong.
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.
Romain Grosjean has set the fastest lap of the race yet again. He's sitting in sixth place, behind teammate Kimi Räikkönen.
One of the Sauber mechanics is being taken off for a medical checkup, but there are no serious injuries reported from that pit incident.
Team radio to Schumacher: "A good lap, Michael, another seven tenths. The gap is now down to three seconds."
Schumacher is trying to claw back the gap to Lewis Hamilton in seventh. 2.5 seconds now.
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.
Webber has closed the gap on race leader Fernando Alonso. It's just 1.3 seconds now - soon to be in the DRS window.
Button tries a move on Senna at Stowe, but can't make it stick yet.
Webber closed up massively on the Ferrari in that lap, he's now within the DRS range, the gap is 0.5 seconds.
We've got just seven laps remaining, and the pair are making their way through traffic as well.
Alonso is going to struggle to hold the Red Bull behind him, Webber is showing incredible pace at the moment.
Webber moves to the side to have a brief look at the Ferrari, but it's too far this time round.
Replays show Michael Schumacher pulling alongside and round the outside of Lewis Hamilton, securing himself seventh position.
Webber goes round the outside of Brooklands, Alonso tries to get it back, but the Australian keeps it going to get the lead.
Behind, Alonso weaves a little - perhaps in frustration - but the gap is already widening as the Red Bull can finally show its true pace.
As if to demonstrate it, Webber sets the fastest lap of the race so far: 1:34.953.
Team radio to Massa: "Think about the speed on 3 and 4, we need the traction out of 4."
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.
Kimi runs very wide, losing plenty of time and dropping back from the Ferrari. Massa can breathe easy for now.
For reference, the fastest lap of the 2011 British Grand Prix was 1:34.908.
Bruno Senna runs all the way round the outside of Nico Hülkenberg, securing himself ninth position.
In trying to get him back, Hülkenberg runs wide, and allows Jenson Button through and into the points.
Mark Webber wins the British Grand Prix!!
The Red Bull mechanics cheer their drivers across the line - both cars finish in the top three.
Post race yellow flag.
Tweet 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
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.
Mark Webber climbs from his car, Sebastian Vettel is right there to congratulate his teammate, although the German looks a little disappointed.
Hamilton entertains the fans.
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.
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.
|P Di Resta||Puncture||4|
|S Pérez||Accident damage||12|
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.
Sir Jackie Stewart takes to the podium to interview the drivers.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
Webber lifts the trophy with a big smile on his face.
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."
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."
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.
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.
Alonso keeps his lead on the championship, with Webber closing in. On the constructor's side, McLaren have lost a position to Lotus.
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.
Massa did a great job to finish fourth, whilst Grosjean kept touch with teammate Räikkönen despite crashing out in qualifying yesterday.
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.
Once that has all shaken out, it's two weeks to the next race in Germany, which will take place at Hockenheim.
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