July 1st, 2013 (F1plus/ G. Polychronis).- It was indded an exciting and eventful race. Paul di Resta saved his weekend while Pirelli became the centre of controversy. Ricciardo proves that he is ready to assume Mark Webber’s position, whereas Gutierrez continues to assure Sauber that he is not a fit replacement for Kobayashi.
Paul di Resta – On-song
Paul di Resta’s hopes for a strong race at Silverstone were severely dampened after he was disqualified from qualifying after the FIA found that his car was 1.5 kilograms under the minimum weight of 642 kilograms. As a result of this disqualification, di Resta started in twenty-first position on the grid. This did not stop him from scoring points however, as he finished the race in ninth place. The Scot drove like a man possessed and his resolute driving deservedly got him two points.
Pirelli – Gone Wrong
Silverstone Circuit was subjected to many broken pieces of rubber after we saw four left-rear tyre punctures on Sunday. There were many theories and conjectures about the cause of these tyre failures circulating the F1 paddock during and after the race. Many people believed that the circuit’s kerbs were responsible and others believed that Pirelli was the perpetrator. Nevertheless, the fifth-largest tyre manufacturer immediately launched an investigation into the tyre failures and they have labelled the issue as ‘top priority.’ It has also recently been reported that Pirelli have been called for a meetingwith FIA ahead of the upcoming German Grand Prix.
Pirelli will be under pressure to make necessary adjustments to their tyres in such a short space of time for the German Grand Prix, otherwise we may see a repeat of Pirelli’s ‘gone wrong’ performance at Silverstone.
Daniel Ricciardo – On-song
Mark Webber’s decision to depart Formula One after the 2013 season has caused much discussion on who will be the successor to his seat in 2014. Among the candidates, is Daniel Ricciardo. The young Australian knowsthat he is under Helmut Marko’s radar and many drivers would indisputably buckle under the pressure. Ricciardo however, showed no signs of pressure during the weekend. He had an amazing qualifying session, as he started the race in fifth position on the grid. He managed to hold his ground for majority of the race, until his tyres started to suffer heavy degradation and he dropped down to eighth place.
Ricciardo’s performance certainly helped to back up his claim that he was ‘one hundred and three per cent ready’ to take over Mark Webber’s position at Red Bull Racing.
Esetban Gutierrez – Gone Wrong
Gutierrez, yet again suffered a lack lustre weekend. He qualified in seventeenth and could only improve that position by thee places. His teammate however, was able to pick up the scraps and score one point intenth place. Gutierrez has not yet proven to his team that he is a worthy replacement to his predecessor, Kamui Kobayashi. Sauber-Ferrari are definitely capable of scoring points, and Gutierrez needs to start proving this to histeam by performing consistently and above all, strongly, in order to secure his seat for future seasons.