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Great Britain 2010 - Race highlights // Full coverage of the Grand Prix on the new Silverstone layout

Published by Christine

Nico outperforms his machinery at Silverstone.
Credit: Mercedes GP

No one knew how the Silverstone track would fare with it's brand new section. The weather held fine, and with a Red Bull on pole, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was going to be a formulaic race.

There were plenty of things to note, though, including a safety car period, a Ferrari getting an unexpected penalty, Vettel managing to overtake and more punctures than I care to count.

Here's how it played out lap by lap.

As it happened: 2010 Great Britain - The Race

  • 12:30

    Hello and welcome to the Factbyte Factbox for the British Grand Prix. The pitlane is open, it's all go at Silverstone.

  • 12:33

    Drivers getting ready - Rubens: http://twitpic.com/24ct5u and Lucas: http://twitpic.com/24csrz

  • 12:34

    We're live commenting the race here: https://sidepodcast.com/2010/07/11/live-great-britain-2010-the-race/ and with added FBFB: https://sidepodcast.com/livecommenting/

  • 12:34

    The BBC coverage is available here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8807667.stm

  • 12:35

    Autosport are covering the race with live updates: http://live.autosport.com/commentary.php/id/246

  • 12:35

    For stats and info, don't forget live timing: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/live_timing.html and the McLaren thing: http://www.mclaren.com/

  • 12:38

    Enough plugging, on with the good stuff. From @VirginRacing: It's about 100 miles to the grid today. Good job the lads aren't wearing black on a sunny day. Oh, hang on...

  • 12:40
    Circuit Data
    Track Temp35°
    Air Temp25°
    Wind Speed4.9mps
    Humidity50%
  • 12:42

    Jenson: "I've got nothing to lose so I'm going to go out there and have some fun."

  • 12:43

    After qualifying yesterday, Liuzzi was given a five place grid penalty for impeding other drivers. He drops from 15th to 20th.

  • 12:45

    Whitmarsh: "You know Lewis, if he's on the second row, he's convinced he's going to win the race."

  • 12:52

    Coulthard on the possibility of overtaking at the new section: "If you have to hesitate over the bumps, there's the opportunity."

  • 12:54

    From @redbullf1spy: And yep, last on the grid Mark Webber. Not LAST on the grid, but last on to the grid. Oh, you know what I mean.

  • 12:55

    Ron Dennis on the Grid

    Ron Dennis via @WilliamsF1Team

  • 13:00

    The cars are off on their formation lap.

  • 13:02

    From @autosportlive: The softer tyres are the choice of the field for the start, even those starting outside the top ten with a free choice on rubber.

  • 13:03

    Red Bulls back the pack up again, Vettel likes a slow formation lap - two races in a row.

  • 13:04

    Red Bull's side by side into the first corner, Webber into the lead. Vettel flies off track, falls to the back of the pack.

  • 13:04

    Alonso had a terrible start too, down in sixth.

  • 13:04

    Vettel has a right rear puncture.

  • 13:05

    Hamilton chasing Webber for the lead, with Kubica a little further back in third.

  • 13:06

    Massa pits with a right rear puncture as well.

  • 13:06

    Vettel finally makes it back to the pit lane.

  • 13:07

    On Lap 3:

    Driver Positions
    1WebberRed Bull
    2HamiltonMcLaren
    3KubicaRenault
    4RosbergWilliams
    5AlonsoFerrari
  • 13:07
    One to Watch
    Rosbergvs.Alonso
    4th
    +0.35th
  • 13:09

    It looks as though Vettel's puncture came from the rumble strips, whilst Massa's was from the two Ferraris coming together.

  • 13:11

    Kubica has dropped back 4.2 seconds behind Hamilton, who himself is 1.4 behind Webber.

  • 13:12

    Liuzzi started 20th after his five place penalty, and is up to 18th but stuck behind Kovalainen.

  • 13:13

    Button has improved to 8th and sits behind Schumacher.

  • 13:14

    Vettel told on the radio he's going to the end of the race and doesn't need to come in again.

  • 13:17

    Lap 7 fastest lap for Mark Webber: 1:36.410

  • 13:18
    Inter-Team Battle
    Williams
    Barrichello6th
    Hulkenberg13th
  • 13:20

    Lap 10 - Lucas di Grassi has pitted.

  • 13:20

    From @VirginRacing: Sounds like Lucas has a hydraulic problem. Coming in

  • 13:21

    From @lawrobarretto: Massa begins his fightback through the field by passing Yamamoto and Chandhok for P20. Next up Timo Glock in the Virgin

  • 13:21

    Vettel is still last though.

  • 13:22

    Schumacher has pitted and returns to the track in 15th.

  • 13:23

    Di Grassi in the pits with issuesDi Grassi in the pits with hydraulic problems.

  • 13:23

    Lap 12. Alonso and Barrichello both pit, as Kobayashi.

  • 13:24

    All three are good clean stops.

  • 13:24

    Kobayashi pitted a lap later and came out in front of Schumacher.

  • 13:25

    From @MartinHaven: Will Vettel's tyres last 50 laps? I know he's on hards but good grief! Surely he'll have to stop again...

  • 13:25

    Kubica pits from fourth place.

  • 13:26

    Lap 13 fastest lap from Hamilton - 1:35.598.

  • 13:27

    Rosberg's mechanics have been waiting in the pitlane for him, but the team are keeping him out for now.

  • 13:28

    From @MikeGascoyne: Now heikki trying to keep massa behind, might be tricky

  • 13:28

    Rosberg pits on Lap 15.

  • 13:29

    Sutil and Petrov both also pit.

  • 13:30

    Hamilton pits from second and returns to the track in the exact same position. Button just behind in third but has yet to stop.

  • 13:31

    Buemi pits, whilst Massa runs very wide at Aintree and kicks up dust.

  • 13:31

    Alonso and Kubica battling for track position - the Ferrari gets in front but only by cutting the corner.

  • 13:31

    Webber pits from the lead, and retains P1.

  • 13:34

    Kubica radio confirms Renault are speaking to Charlie about the Alonso incident.

  • 13:34

    Rosberg overtakes Jaime Alguersuari, who is in front of him having not stopped yet.

  • 13:34
    Top Speed
    Sector 1Kobayashi303kph
    Sector 2Alonso
    286kph
    Sector 3Sutil287kph
    Speed TrapHamilton294kph
  • 13:35

    Kubica starts going slowly, and heads into the pitlane.

  • 13:37

    20 laps in, and Kubica has been pulled into the garage, out of the race.

  • 13:37

    We won't find out what Charlie would have ruled for Alonso now.

  • 13:38

    Button pits on lap 21.

  • 13:39

    Button returns to the track behind Alonso and in front of Alguersuari - 6th at the moment.

  • 13:40

    Kovalainen pits.

  • 13:41

    According to 5live, Alonso would have been asked to move back behind Kubica, so Ferrari got a bit lucky there.

  • 13:42

    Lap 23 and Chandhok also pits. He and Yamamoto are propping up the back of the grid, with Vettel just in front of them.

  • 13:44

    Glock has pitted from 19th place.

  • 13:45

    From @tonyfernandes: bad pit stop for heikki. more work needed there.

  • 13:45

    Ted Kravitz reports a bargeboard came off Rosberg's car after a bump with Alguersuari.

  • 13:46

    Race Control confirm incident between cars 8 and 11 to be investigated. That's Kubica and Alonso.

  • 13:46

    Lap 26 and Trulli pits. Just Hulkenberg, Liuzzi and Alguersuari yet to stop.

  • 13:46

    Heikki pitstopHeikki's troublesome stop.

  • 13:47

    Alonso handed a drive through penalty for cutting the corner.

  • 13:48

    Lap 27 and Hulkenberg finally pits.

  • 13:48

    The Safety car has been called for debris on track.

  • 13:49

    The debris is from Pedro de la Rosa's rear wing which just fell to pieces. The Sauber has no pitted twice.

  • 13:49

    Safety Car waited before coming out to pick up Webber.

  • 13:50

    Alguersuari has pitted and is now falling down the order as the safety car train passes.

  • 13:50

    Alonso has not yet served his penalty, and will have to wait for the Safety Car to come back in.

  • 13:51

    From @ManipeF1: New SC rules have worked well, nobody majorly disadvantaged. #F1

  • 13:52

    Apart from Alonso, who will fall way down the order when he takes his penalty. The safety car is in this lap - lap 29.

  • 13:53

    De la Rosa has pitted again.

  • 13:54

    The Sauber is in the garage and they are working on the rear wing.

  • 13:54

    Alonso pits straight away on the restart for his penalty. Webber leads Hamilton away.

  • 13:55
    Driver Positions
    1WebberRed Bull
    2HamiltonMcLaren
    3RosbergMercedes
    4ButtonMcLaren
    5BarrichelloWilliams
  • 13:55
    Live Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1Hamilton145
    2Button131
    3Webber128
    4Vettel115
    5Alonso110
  • 13:56

    Lap 31 and Webber sets the fastest lap of the race so far, a 1:34.555.

  • 13:56

    Alonso returned to the track down in 16th place, two places behind Vettel, and three behind teammate Massa.

  • 13:58

    Sutil passes Schumacher for 7th place - a little bit of contact on the way round.

  • 13:58

    Vettel has passed Massa for 12th place.

  • 14:01

    Alonso asks for no more radio for the rest of the race.

  • 14:02

    From @alexjsnell: Biggest cheer of the day so far for the marshall who just ran for his life onto the track to grab the debris from sutil's car #F1

  • 14:03

    Button is chasing Rosberg for third place, and is roughly 0.8 seconds behind him.

  • 14:04

    Vettel appears to have really woken up now - he overtook Alguersuari for 11th, and is chasing Petrov to get into the points.

  • 14:05

    Lap 36 and Alonso attempts to pass Liuzzi but couldn't make it stick.

  • 14:05
    Inter-Team Battle
    Force India
    Sutil7th
    Liuzzi14th
  • 14:06

    Petrov ran wide, kicked up a lot of dust, and handed the place for Vettel. The Red Bull charged past Hulkenberg as well.

  • 14:08

    Schumacher is his next target for 8th place.

  • 14:08
    One to Watch
    Liuzzivs.Alonso
    14th
    +0.515th
  • 14:09

    Massa has pitted from 16th, the crew didn't appear to be ready. The tyres are changed and it's a slow stop.

  • 14:09

    Replays show he spun it at Stowe and ran wide, ruining his tyres, hence the unexpected stop.

  • 14:10

    Vettel passes Schumacher in style. Sutil is next.

  • 14:10

    Petrov pits from 15th, his crew are ready, and he's out again.

  • 14:12

    Lap 41 and Webber and Hamilton lead with Rosberg 14 seconds down the road for third.

  • 14:14

    Hamilton has taken the fastest lap from Webber on Lap 42 - a 1:32.793.

  • 14:14

    And then Webber took it right back with a 1:32.655.

  • 14:17
    Top Speed
    Sector 1Sutil306kph
    Sector 2Vettel
    299kph
    Sector 3Button292kph
    Speed TrapVettel300kph
  • 14:18

    Yellow flags for Alguersuari, who is stuck in the gravel at Luffield.

  • 14:19

    Just six laps to go and we have four retirees - Alguersuari, de la Rosa, Kubica and di Grassi.

  • 14:20

    Ted Kravitz reports that Button can't chase down Rosberg as he's had to turn his engine down due to fuel concerns.

  • 14:22

    The yellow flags are clear now. It's all go on Lap 48.

  • 14:23
    One to Watch
    Kovalainenvs.Glock
    17th
    +0.718th
  • 14:24

    Vettel struggling to get past Sutil, and they come upon backmarkers which allows Schumi to catch up.

  • 14:25

    Alonso pits for a left rear tyre puncture.

  • 14:25

    Vettel runs wide which gives Sutil some breathing space.

  • 14:26
    Live Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1Hamilton145
    2Button133
    3Webber128
    4Vettel119
    5Alonso98
  • 14:27

    On the final lap, Vettel barges past Sutil, and Schumacher also makes it past as well, but not quite.

  • 14:28

    Mark Webber wins the British Grand Prix! Hamilton finishes second at his home race, and Rosberg takes the last podium place.

  • 14:29

    Alonso takes the fastest lap of the race on lap 51 with a 1:31.044.

  • 14:29
    Driver Positions
    1WebberRed Bull
    2HamiltonMcLaren
    3RosbergMercedes
    4ButtonMcLaren
    5BarrichelloWilliams
  • 14:30

    Mark Webber radio: "Not bad for a number 2 driver."

  • 14:30

    Horner replies: "At least you can smile now."

  • 14:32

    Hulkenberg finished 10th, but the Williams has stopped out on track on the in-lap.

  • 14:37

    Winner WebberBritish GP winner - Mark Webber.

  • 14:38

    Thanks to everyone for joining me for the race. The conversation continues on https://sidepodcast.com

  • 14:39

    Before we sign off, it's worth noting the biggest cheer of the day was for Sir Stirling Moss, handing Hamilton the trophy.

  • 14:40

    See you in Germany!

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