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Race highlights - Britain 2013 - Tyre failures dominate an incident-filled race at Silverstone

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Race day at Silverstone
Credit: FIF1

The sun was shining over Silverstone today as the British Grand Prix began in earnest. There were a lot of tyre issues as the race went on, raising eyebrows and causing concerns that will need to be investigated as soon as possible. It wasn't all about the tyres though, as the action continued throughout the race.

The lead changed hands several times due to tyre failures and gearbox issues, and it looked as though it could happen again right to the chequered flag. Great racing, incident-filled, and not a drop of rain in sight, the British race delivered another great installment in the 2013 F1 season. To relive the race lap by lap, read on for Factbyte Factbox highlights and plenty of post-race quotes.

As it happened: Britain 2013 - The race

Event Highlights

  • Nico Rosberg wins the race, with pressure from Webber right to the finish line.
  • Hamilton, Massa, Vergne and Pérez all suffer tyre failures.
  • Sebastian Vettel's gearbox fails, as Grosjean also retires.
  • Paul di Resta finishes 9th after starting from the back of the field.
  • 12:32

    Hello, welcome to the Factbyte Factbox for the British Grand Prix! Don't hold your breath, but it looks like the sun is shining.

  • 12:35

    There was drama yesterday as Paul di Resta was excluded from qualifying for an underweight car. From 5th on the grid, he is sent all the way to the back.

  • 12:36

    Pole position went to Lewis Hamilton, with Nico Rosberg helping to lock out the front row for Mercedes.

  • 12:36

    Behind them, Red Bull dominated the second row, leaving no space for anyone else up front!

  • 12:36

    There was trouble for Ferrari, with Alonso starting tenth and Massa dropping out in the second session.

  • 12:37
    Circuit Data
    Silverstone Circuit
    Local timezone+01:00 GMT
    First race1950
    Number of laps52
    Circuit length5.891km
    Race distance306.198km
    Start offset0.134km
  • 12:39

    Hard and orange tyresTyres on offer today, hard compounds and mediums.

  • 12:40

    QuoteInterview with Mark Webber: "I've been very lucky to race at the British GP quite a few times, managed to win it a few times. Amazing crowd here, some of the best memories I've had here. Try to add to that again today, we've got a good chance... This will be the last time this category, probably be back here again next year in something different, but concentrate on now.

    The last few races we've been getting better starts, we need to do that again today... we've got to put pressure on them immediately."

  • 12:41

    QuoteInterview with Daniel Ricciardo: "The whole weekend's been pretty good up until now, we've done the right thing. I'll push hard for the race... The strategy is to push the car and try and see what we can get out of it. We're not going to conserve anything, our best approach from here is to go and hope for the best.

    "I think it's how well we use the tyres, obviously over one lap we were quick yesterday. If we can manage the tyres and keep that pace, we should be okay."

  • 12:43
    Fastest Session Times
    Free Practice 1D Ricciardo1:54.249
    Free Practice 2N Rosberg1:32.248
    Free Practice 3N Rosberg1:31.487
    QualifyingL Hamilton1:29.607
  • 12:44

    TweetTweet from @alanbaldwinf1: Di Resta starts in 21st place, Van der Garde 22nd because of a gearbox change.

  • 12:46
    2013 Race Wins
    1S Vettel3
    2F Alonso2
    3K Räikkönen1
    4N Rosberg1
  • 12:47

    "Here he goes - @EstebanGtz jumps in his #C32 to rock #Silverstone." @OfficialSF1Team

  • 12:49

    The BBC's technical expert Gary Anderson reckons the choice will be between two and three stops. Two stops will be five seconds slower and three will be thirteen seconds, but with the latter you can push harder.

  • 12:52
    Qualifying Position
    1L HamiltonMercedes
    2N RosbergMercedes
    3S VettelRed Bull
    4M WebberRed Bull
    5D RicciardoToro Rosso
    6A SutilForce India
    7R GrosjeanLotus
    8K RäikkönenLotus
    9F AlonsoFerrari
    10J ButtonMcLaren
  • 12:53

    The flags are flapping about in the breeze nicely at Silverstone, the wind is picking up but otherwise conditions look very good!

  • 12:54

    Two DRS zones in action this weekend, the Wellington and Hangar straight should see some overtaking action today.

  • 12:56



    Wind speed7.4mps
  • 13:00

    The tyre warmers come off, the mechanics clear the grid and that rumbling of engines turns into more of a roar.

  • 13:00

    Hamilton leads the pack away on the formation lap, he sweeps around the first corner leaving his teammate slowly following behind.

  • 13:02

    The top nine are on medium tyres, with Button starting on the harder compound. Then it's all mixed up, Massa on mediums as well as both Williams, both Marussia and Pérez. The rest on hards.

  • 13:02

    Team radioTeam radio to Hamilton: "You need to remember to back the grid up, they're stringing out quite a lot."

  • 13:03

    They're back on the grid, the final few cars lining up and now we're waiting for the lights.

  • 13:03

    Green flagRace started!

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    It's a boggy start for the Mercedes pair, but Hamilton gets away cleanly. Rosberg is overtaken by Vettel almost off the line.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Räikkönen has moved up to sixth place, but he's been passed by Massa who has jumped up to fifth.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Webber has dropped all the way down to 15th, he went nowhere going into the first corner.

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Crossing the line for the second lap, Hamilton leads Vettel and Rosberg with Sutil up to sixth.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Webber has a damaged front wing, looks like there was a collision at the front turn as there was fighting between two Ferraris and a Lotus.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Fernando Alonso has passed Grosjean for eighth place, as Webber is told his damage is very similar to that in Canada - where he continued running without fixing it.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    Webber's first corner sees him separating from the pack with carbon fibre flying.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Di Resta is up to 17th already, he's dispatched those three backmarkers and has Bottas in front of him now.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Webber is also faced with moving back through the field, he overtakes Pastor Maldonado for 14th place an has two Saubers next ahead of him.

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    Replays show Grosjean is pushed over by Button, the Lotus than bashing into the side of Webber, causing the damage we've seen.

  • 13:11 Lap 5
    Driver Positions
    10L Hamilton
    21S Vettel
    3-1N Rosberg
    42A Sutil
    56F Massa
  • 13:11 Lap 5

    Di Resta is up another place, overtaking Maldonado for 16th. He's got Vergne in front of him. Webber has passed both the Sauber drivers and is now 12th.

  • 13:12 Lap 6
    One to Watch
    D Ricciardovs.F Alonso
  • 13:13 Lap 6

    Ricciardo puts on his best defensive moves to keep the Ferrari behind him, but Alonso is charging to close the gap. Behind, Grosjean is staying with them both.

  • 13:13 Lap 7

    Button reports all four of his tyres feel like they are overheating.

  • 13:14 Lap 7

    Talking of the McLaren team, Pérez has passed Button for 10th place. Jenson is dropping back into the clutches of Webber now.

  • 13:15 Lap 8

    It's easy for Webber to get past Button, despite the missing front wing endplate he's flying forwards.

  • 13:16 Lap 8

    Lewis Hamilton has a puncture!

  • 13:16 Lap 8

    He's still circling, with tyre rubber flying, but it's a long way back to the pit lane.

  • 13:17 Lap 9

    Replays show the Mercedes rounding onto the Wellington Straight and the tyre just gives up, a slow puncture finally exploding.

  • 13:18 Lap 9

    Hamilton has made it back to the pit lane, the mechanics take a quick look, change the tyres and send him back out again. There could be damage to the floor but he's on his way once more, last unfortunately.

  • 13:19 Lap 10
  • 13:19 Lap 10

    Yellow flagYellow flag as Massa spins off track. He has a puncture too!

  • 13:19 Lap 10

    Green flagTrack is clear. Massa spins it round and back on to track. Another car having to crawl back to the pit lane.

  • 13:20 Lap 10

    Replays show Massa rounding the same corner as Hamilton, on to the Wellington Straight. He hits the kerbs a little but the tyre gives up before he gets to the kerb and throws him off track.

  • 13:20 Lap 11

    Alonso and Webber both pit.

  • 13:20 Lap 11

    Vettel is busy concentrating on his rear tyres as he navigates the circuit. Worries over the rubber all round!

  • 13:22 Lap 12

    Vettel leads with Rosberg and Sutil behind him. Massa just makes it back to the pit lane, fresh rubber going on the Ferrari but it's a slow stop that sees him last as well.

  • 13:22 Lap 12

    In all the excitement, I missed that Webber took the pain of a 9 second stop to change the front wing. Meanwhile, Räikkönen, Ricciardo and Button all come in for their first stops of the afternoon.

  • 13:23 Lap 13

    Rosberg and Sutil pit from second and third, Vettel remains out in the lead having not yet stopped.

  • 13:25 Lap 14

    There's a huge battle for sixth as Vergne leads a train of Grosjean and Räikkönen. Kimi pulls alongside his teammate but has to back off again.

  • 13:25 Lap 14

    Vettel pits from the lead.

  • 13:25 Lap 14
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverS Vettel
    TeamRed Bull
    Pit lane21.7s
  • 13:26 Lap 14

    Vettel returns to the track comfortably in the lead, as Rosberg tucks back into second place.

  • 13:26 Lap 14

    Grosjean and Kimi close up on Vergne again, but the Toro Rosso keeps him behind for now.

  • 13:27 Lap 15

    Team radioTeam radio to Grosjean: "Kimi is faster than you."

  • 13:27 Lap 15

    Another tyre blowout!

  • 13:27 Lap 15

    Vergne's left rear tyre exploded down Hangar Straight, right in front of the Lotus pair trying to pass.

  • 13:27 Lap 15

    It wasn't THIS bad when Michelin advised everyone not to run!

  • 13:28 Lap 15

    A brave marshal jogs out on track to recover some of the rubber debris left behind. Vergne dives back into the pit lane.

  • 13:28 Lap 15

    Third tyre failure of the day.

  • 13:29 Lap 16

    Race controlSafety Car deployed.

  • 13:30 Lap 16

    Some more pitting takes place, so that all drivers have now visited the pit lane once - whether on schedule or forced to do so!

  • 13:33 Lap 18
    Driver Positions
    12S Vettel1
    20N Rosberg1
    33A Sutil1
    45F Alonso1
    53K Räikkönen1
    61R Grosjean1
    7-2D Ricciardo1
    85S Pérez1
    9-5M Webber1
    100J Button1
  • 13:33 Lap 18

    Webber asks on the radio what happened to Vettel, it turns out the race leader had "cuts to the tyres at the pit stop" so they are worrying about what may happen. Adrian Newey on the pit wall has his head in hands.

  • 13:35 Lap 18

    Marshals dashing around the circuit, a bustle of brilliant orange gathering up the remaining debris.

  • 13:36 Lap 19

    Paul di Resta has so far made good progress, he's up to 11th place now.

  • 13:36 Lap 19

    Handwritten notes in front of Adrian Newey say "Stay off kerbs. Pressure up 2 psi."

  • 13:39 Lap 20

    QuoteInterview with Jonathan Neale: "It's interesting that so far, all the failures have been rear left, just like Sergio had [in FP3]. There's a lot of debris out there and we're telling our drivers to be cautious on the kerbs. We haven't heard anything from Pirelli... it is very concerning, an instantaneous deflation like that. The drivers have done a great job."

  • 13:39 Lap 20

    Newey's notebook.

  • 13:42 Lap 21

    Race controlSafety Car in this lap.

  • 13:44 Lap 22

    Green flagRacing back underway, Vettel guides the pack over the line to resume his lead.

  • 13:44 Lap 22

    Webber goes round the outside of Pérez to move up to eighth place.

  • 13:45 Lap 23
    One to Watch
    A Sutilvs.F Alonso
  • 13:46 Lap 23

    DRS is disabled at the moment, of course, but Alonso is hustling up towards the Force India to move up to a podium position.

  • 13:46 Lap 23

    Hamilton dives down the inside of Gutiérrez, and they are inches apart before Esteban jinks away, and manages to keep his place.

  • 13:46 Lap 24

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 13:47 Lap 24

    Webber's next target is Ricciardo, one of the drivers that is being touted to replace him. Six tenths between the two.

  • 13:48 Lap 24

    This time Hamilton makes the overtake on Gutiérrez through Copse. That's 13th place for the recovering Mercedes.

  • 13:49 Lap 25

    Massa is up to 18th, with the four backmarkers behind him. Ahead is the Williams of Bottas, with Jean-Éric Vergne (a fellow puncture-sufferer) just ahead.

  • 13:50 Lap 25

    Bottas passes Vergne to put the Toro Rosso back in front of Ferrari, and it doesn't take long for Massa to sweep past. There could be damage on that Toro Rosso car.

  • 13:50 Lap 26

    The gap between Sutil and Alonso has extended now, with the Ferrari dropping into the clutches of Räikkönen.

  • 13:51 Lap 26

    Meanwhile, Hülkenberg and Vergne pit. The Sauber returns to the track whilst it's a longer stop for Vergne before he also heads back out again.

  • 13:51 Lap 27

    Toro Rosso have confirmed Vergne does have a damaged floor, which would explain him losing positions as though he's standing still.

  • 13:52 Lap 27
    Gap Analysis
  • 13:53 Lap 27

    TweetTweet from @OfficialSF1Team: slow puncture for #Hulk. a set of new mediums are ready at the garage for #Hulk. we assume that everybody is on a 3 stopper.

  • 13:53 Lap 27

    A less explosive puncture for Hülkenberg then.

  • 13:53 Lap 28

    We're halfway through the race, and despite all the problems, all 22 cars are still running.

  • 13:54 Lap 28

    Hamilton is up to 12th, sitting behind Paul di Resta. Massa is behind them, sitting in 14th.

  • 13:54 Lap 28

    Daniel Ricciardo moves past Romain Grosjean to claim 6th place, splitting the Lotus drivers.

  • 13:55 Lap 29

    There's more debris on the track, Alonso runs wide to avoid it as Sutil runs over some of it.

  • 13:56 Lap 29

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 13:56 Lap 29

    Webber has passed Grosjean to move up to 7th, but Grosjean is sticking with the Red Bull for now.

  • 13:56 Lap 30

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 13:56 Lap 30

    Räikkönen pits from third place.

  • 13:57 Lap 30

    Gutiérrez is in the pit lane, we think it is he who caused the debris but the only replay we've seen is a car off-screen shooting debris all over the place. It's a new front wing for the Sauber, although the old one doesn't look too badly damaged.

  • 13:58 Lap 31

    Grosjean and Alonso both dive into the pit lane for their second stops.

  • 13:59 Lap 31

    Alonso returns to the track behind Räikkönen, so it looks like he's lost out in that round of stops. Are they going to the end of the race on this set of rubber though?

  • 14:00 Lap 31

    Replays show Alonso was released just as Grosjean was coming in to the pit lane, it was close to an unsafe release there.

  • 14:00 Lap 32

    Webber comes in to the pits for his second stop of the day.

  • 14:00 Lap 32

    Meanwhile, on track, Hamilton is closing up to Paul di Resta, less than half a second between them.

  • 14:01 Lap 32

    Hamilton continues to harrass Di Resta, the pair getting dangerously close into Luffield. The Mercedes is clearly the faster car, but finding a way past is tricky.

  • 14:02 Lap 33

    Ricciardo and Button disappear into the pit lane together, and drop out of the top ten as they do so.

  • 14:02 Lap 33

    The top six drivers have only stopped once so far.

  • 14:02 Lap 33

    Yellow flagYellow flags and DRS disabled.

  • 14:03 Lap 34

    Hamilton's battling with the Force India allows Kimi and Alonso to close up, and they both sweep past - Räikkönen into Copse and Alonso in the next corner.

  • 14:03 Lap 34

    Green flagTrack is clear and DRS enabled again.

  • 14:03 Lap 34

    Di Resta dives into the pit lane, as Alonso jinks around behind Räikkönen desperate to get past.

  • 14:04 Lap 34

    Force India actually do a double stop, with Sutil just leaving as Di Resta arrives. Adrian has lost out big-time, though. He was ahead of Alonso and Räikkönen previously but has now dropped back behind Hamilton.

  • 14:05 Lap 35

    Nico Rosberg pits from second place, and he keeps that position as he returns to the track. Vettel is about half a lap ahead but has only stopped once so far.

  • 14:06 Lap 36

    Vettel pits from the lead.

  • 14:06 Lap 36

    Yellow flagYellow flags AGAIN.

  • 14:07 Lap 36

    Webber moves past Alonso for fourth place, the battle with Kimi is off for the Ferrari driver for now.

  • 14:07 Lap 36

    Replays show contact between Hülkenberg and Sutil, the Sauber being lapped.

  • 14:08 Lap 36

    Green flagThe yellow flags were for the debris scattering from that collision but the track is now clear again.

  • 14:08 Lap 37

    Button is past Massa for 11th place, but Massa is into the pit lane now anyway. Hamilton also pits.

  • 14:08 Lap 37

    Jean-Éric Vergne has returned to the pitlane but the Toro Rosso is pushed back into the garage, it could be race over for him after that floor damage.

  • 14:09 Lap 38

    Hamilton and Di Resta tussle for position and Paul gets the position with relative ease... before Hamilton pulls alongside and gets his place back. Two breaths later, and the Force India is back in front. For now!

  • 14:10 Lap 38

    They're close into the corner, with Hamilton dipping left and then right to try and get past. Di Resta runs wide out of Club, as Lewis sets himself up for some DRS action.

  • 14:11 Lap 38

    Hamilton makes the move and passes Di Resta, and now pulls away to keep the position.

  • 14:12 Lap 39

    Vergne is now on the pit wall, looking up at the screens and chatting with his engineers, disappointed.

  • 14:13 Lap 39
    Top Speeds
    Sector 1M Chilton309kph
    Sector 2M Webber253kph
    Sector 3S Vettel246kph
    Speed trapF Massa310kph
  • 14:13 Lap 40

    Another Force India appears on our screens as Daniel Ricciardo closes up behind Adrian Sutil, fighting for sixth place.

  • 14:15 Lap 41
    Driver Analysis
    DriverA Sutil
    TeamForce India
    Last lap1:36.608
    Best lap1:35.961
  • 14:15 Lap 41
    Driver Positions
    12S Vettel2
    20N Rosberg2
    35K Räikkönen2
    40M Webber2
    54F Alonso2
    60A Sutil2
    7-2D Ricciardo2
    85S Pérez2
    91J Button2
    10-9L Hamilton2
  • 14:16 Lap 41

    Vettel slows down with a problem!!

  • 14:16 Lap 42

    Team radioTeam radio from Vettel: "Lost drive, lost the gearbox."

  • 14:16 Lap 42

    Rosberg moves into the lead.

  • 14:17 Lap 42

    Race controlSafety Car, as Vettel is stopped on the start line, right in the way.

  • 14:18 Lap 43

    Slightly embarrassing, Vettel stumbles as he climbs from the car and rounds the front wing. He climbs the wall and the marshals let him through the fence for the short walk back to the pit lane.

  • 14:18 Lap 43

    Alonso, Webber, Grosjean and Di Resta all pit. Massa as well.

  • 14:20 Lap 43

    Räikkönen asks his team why they didn't call him into the pits. He's told "I don't know, it's too late now, so just stick to the plan."

  • 14:21 Lap 44

    Vettel looks really very sad as he visits the pit wall for a hug from Newey, Horner and more. The crowd sort of cheer/jeer as he passes.

  • 14:22 Lap 44

    QuoteInterview with Jean-Éric Vergne: "It just happened suddenly, as if I had a bump on the rear of my car. I couldn't feel it coming, it just happened suddenly. I saw Lewis, I saw Massa as well. It's not the first time that happened to me, I think they said they were going to do some change... they really need to do something becuase someday there could be a really big accident."

  • 14:22 Lap 44

    The lapped cars are now allowed to overtake, as Nico Rosberg holds on to his lead behind the Safety Car.

  • 14:25 Lap 45

    Race controlSafety Car in this lap.

  • 14:25 Lap 46

    They're off racing again, Rosberg doesn't scamper away, as Räikkönen remains with him into the first few corners.

  • 14:26 Lap 46

    Nico Hülkenberg is passed by Paul di Resta, the Force India up to 12th.

  • 14:26 Lap 46

    Webber easily gets past Ricciardo, so he's up to 4th now. Sutil ahead of him. Alonso is looking at Button, and he passes ahead of Copse corner.

  • 14:27 Lap 47

    Sergio Pérez has a tyre failure, rubber flying everywhere again!

  • 14:27 Lap 47

    Pérez makes it back to the pit lane, not too far for him to travel.

  • 14:29 Lap 48

    Hamilton has made it up to seventh, taking the opportunity of confusion as Pérez dropped back. Button is also dropping back through the order.

  • 14:29 Lap 48

    Webber passed Sutil to move up to third now, a podium position for the Australian. Räikkönen stands in his way for second place now.

  • 14:30 Lap 48

    Side by side action between Webber and Kimi, as neither want to back off. Eventually it goes to Webber, and second place is his.

  • 14:30 Lap 49

    Alonso passes Sutil, so he now has Räikkönen to chase down. Hamilton also moves past the Force India driver.

  • 14:31 Lap 49

    Replays show Pérez's delamination was right in the face of Alonso who had to sweep to the right. The Mexican is now out of the car in the garage, explaining what happened to the mechanics.

  • 14:32 Lap 50

    Three laps to go. Rosberg leads then, with Webber behind. Räikkönen has the last podium position for now, but Alonso has fresher tyres and a fierce determination!

  • 14:32 Lap 50

    On board with Alonso as another tyre gives up.

  • 14:33 Lap 50

    Hamilton has done a very impressive job to sit in fifth place for now, having visited both P1 and P22 along the way.

  • 14:33 Lap 51

    Fernando Alonso sweeps past Kimi, there's barely any fight between the two as the Ferrari creates a gap almost immediately.

  • 14:35 Lap 52

    The decision not to pit was a bad move for Räikkönen, as Hamilton now makes a passing move. It's fourth for Hamilton, a great recovery.

  • 14:35 Lap 52

    Final lap, as Rosberg is under pressure for the lead, but he should be able to hang on to the line.

  • 14:36 Lap 52

    Hamilton is also having a go at Alonso, plenty of action on the final lap!

  • 14:36

    Chequered flagNico Rosberg wins the British Grand Prix!!

  • 14:37

    In the end, the positions didn't change. Webber crosses the line 0.7 down. Alonso third, with Hamilton 0.6 behind the Ferrari.

  • 14:37
    Race Winner
    DriverNico Rosberg
    Race time1:32:59.456
    Race distance306.198km
    Average speed197.566km/h
  • 14:38

    Webber sets the fastest lap of the race on that final round, 1:33.401.

  • 14:39
    Driver Positions
    11N Rosberg3
    22M Webber3
    36F Alonso3
    4-3L Hamilton2
    53K Räikkönen2
    65F Massa4
    7-1A Sutil2
    8-3D Ricciardo2
    912P Di Resta3
    104N Hülkenberg3
  • 14:41

    Nico Rosberg is out of the car, with hugs for plenty of the mechanics who are all ecstatic. Hamilton thanks his team, rueful of the puncture, but says they have done a great job.

  • 14:42

    Webber gives a thumbs up as he jumps up the steps, Alonso plods more slowly up to the green room.

  • 14:42

    "That was crazy stuff," Rosberg says as he takes off his helmet and replaces it with a Pirelli caps.

  • 14:43

    The three stand in a circle as they swig from water bottles. For a change, it looks like the three podium finishers actually like each other!

  • 14:45

    Normally at this point I would bring you a gap analysis image, but it looks absolutely terrible. Rosberg and Webber practically sharing the same piece of tarmac, Alonso and Hamilton the same, then Räikkönen trailing behind.

  • 14:45

    The boys take to the podium for the national anthem.

  • 14:47
    JE VergneFloor damage37
    S VettelGearbox42
    S PérezPuncture damage47
    R GrosjeanUnknown52
  • 14:47

    Race winner on the podium.

  • 14:48
    Championship Standings
    1S Vettel132
    2F Alonso111
    3K Räikkönen98
    4L Hamilton89
    5M Webber87
  • 14:48
    Championship Standings
    1Red Bull219
    5Force India59
  • 14:50

    QuotePodium interviews - Nico Rosberg: "Fantastic, it's a very special day. What makes it so special is our factory is so close and our team has done such a fantastic job. We have such a momentum going at the moment. Really quick in qualifying, getting faster and faster in the race. It's a special day for me. This goes out to everyone who is my team colleagues. This one goes out to you out there. Thank you very much.

    "With Lewis, I feel sorry for all the British fans, it would have been a great race in front of his home crowd, it was disappointing but that's racing... When Sebastian stopped, I won't lie, I wasn't disappointed by that one. From then, it was just a great race from then."

  • 14:54

    QuotePodium interviews - Mark Webber: "I didn't have a clue what happened off the line. We've had two or three good starts in the last few races, and then lights went out and back to our normal tactics, so we need to have a look at why they pop up every now and again. That was frustrating, then I had, I think it was Grosjean take the front wing in the corner. The first stint was compromised by that, the boys did a great job to put a fresh front wing on at the stop, then we started to get the race underway from there.

    "There was a lot of people had issues with the tyres which helped a bit. We were lucky not to have any issues, it was a clean race, good strategy. I think that I would have liked a few more laps at Nico but he deserved the win, he was quick all day obviously, and a little bit of fortune but you've got to be there to capitalise. I'm happy with second, the team have done a good job."

  • 14:55

    QuotePodium interviews - Fernando Alonso: "It was a good race for us. With the last safety car, we lost six positions because of the safety car but overall I think it has been a lucky race for us. Looking at the problems of the tyres of some of the drivers, the drivers that didn't have any problems we have to consider lucky, and then with Sebastian problems, as Nico touched before, we've been also lucky to recover some points. At the end it was a very good Sunday, we put on a good show for the very good fans... Thank you very much. "

  • 14:59

    TweetTweet from @alanbaldwinf1: May be overlooked with all the drama and tyre controversy, but Kimi set a record today. That's now 25 consecutive points finishes.

  • 15:00

    When the race first started, I thought it was going to be a dull one, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Some of it was for the wrong tyre-related reasons, but there was racing action until the very last, and that's what we want.

  • 15:01

    There were some incredible recovery drives on display today, from all those that fell down the order due to punctures, plus Webber's bad start and Di Resta's back of the field penalty.

  • 15:02

    It was a great result for Force India to have Sutil finish in the points, Massa also did well to finish sixth. Lotus will be very disappointed their strategy lost them so many places in the final few laps.

  • 15:03

    McLaren also had a disappointing weekend, with Button dropping out of the points towards the end of the race, and Pérez retiring after a puncture. Dreadful home race for them.

  • 15:04

    And, of course, Vettel's retirement means Alonso has managed to close the gap a little in the driver standings, and that means it's not a complete walkover... yet!

  • 15:05

    Not long to wait until the drivers are back on track, with the German Grand Prix in just seven days time. As ever, stay tuned to and for all the news and views in between, and I will see you back here in a week!

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