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Driver by Driver Review: British GP

Last sunday race at Silverstone provided us with some brilliant racing, though the story that overshadowed it all was the tyre debacle.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

SILVERSTONE, 2nd, July 2013 (F1plus/R. Baillie).- Nico Rosberg made the best of Sebastian Vettel’s retirement to take the win, while other drivers were able to capitalize during the second restart and breeze past drivers on much older tyres.

1. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
Rosberg was able to make the best of Sebastian Vettel’s retirement and led the race from then on.

His pace looked good throughout the race and was able to keep Webber behind him. Rosberg was happy to win at his teams home race and is looking forward to heading to his second home grand prix and see what they can do there.

For a while his win looked in jeopardy as he was called to the stewards for ignoring yellow flags, despite being found guilty the stewards gave him a reprimand, meaning his win was safe.

2. Mark Webber - Red Bull Racing
Webber suffered a terribly slow start at the British Grand Prix, which resulted in contact between the Australian and Romain Grosjean.

He was able to make the best of the safety cars and charged into second position on the restart taking advantage of drivers on much older tyres. During the last couple of laps it looked as if he might catch Rosberg, however it wasn’t to be and he finished just 0.7 seconds behind the winner.

3. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari
Ferrari didn’t have a strong qualifying performance, which led to Alonso believing a podium finish was not possible for the Maranello based team.

There was one hairy moment for the Spaniard when he had to dodge debris thrown into the middle of the track thanks to another driver tyre failure.

Despite a podium finish, Alonso isn’t entirely happy insisting that the team will need to wait until the German Grand Prix to see whether this weekend was a one off or whether their performance has dropped.

4. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
The Briton was the first driver to suffer a tyre failure, which saw him go right to the back of the grid after limping back to the pits.

His pace and speed meant he was able to work his way back up to the front of the grid, finishing half a second behind Alonso.

5. Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus-Renault
For a while it looked as if we would finally get to see Kimi Raikkonen’s new haircut as he was in second place.

The team decided not to pit for fresh tyres, something that Kimi questioned at the time, as a result he lost out on the podium.

6. Felipe Massa - Ferrari
Despite Ferrari being unhappy with the car this weekend and Massa suffering a left rear tyre failure, he was able to make his way through the pack to finish in sixth place picking up important points for the team.

7. Adrian Sutil - Force-India
Sutil was another driver who was performing well and was on for a podium finish during the second safety car period, however after choosing not to pit for fresh tyres he was overtaken with ease as drivers on fresher tyres breezed past him.

8. Daniel Ricciardo - Toro Rosso
On Friday the Australian commented that he wouldn’t have minded a podium finish to celebrate two years in the sport.

During the second safety car period he was in fourth place with a spot on the podium within touching distance, however on the restart his older tyres meant he fell prey to drivers on much faster tyres and ended up finishing in eighth place.

9. Paul di Resta - Force India-Mercedes
After being disqualified from qualifying after his Force India was found to be 1.5kg underweight, di Resta moved through the pack fairly easy to finish in the points at his home race.

Following the race he said he felt he would have been able to pass Ricciardo had the race been slightly longer as he was on much fresher tyres.

10. Nico Hulkenberg - Sauber-Ferrari
The German was able to end the Swiss based teams point-less streak, which has seen them, fail to pick up any points since the Chinese Grand Prix.

Speaking after the race Hulkenberg said “The race today was a lot of fun.”, however their speed was what he had expected it to be.

11. Pastor Maldonado - Williams-Renault
After celebrating their 600th grand prix (which was actually their 599th grand prix), finishing in 11th place must be quite bittersweet.

The team narrowly missed out on picking up their first point of the year after Maldonado and Hulkenberg made contact on the restart. Nevertheless, the Venezuelan was happy with the pace off the car and is “looking forward to continuing to improve”.

12. Valtteri Bottas - Williams - Renault
Unlike his teammate Valtteri Bottas was unhappy with the cars balance, saying it was “quite difficult to handle”, though he did manage to make up positions after starting 16th and wasn’t far off the points.

13. Jenson Button - McLaren-Mercedes
Button was another driver who suffered on the second safety car restart as his tyres were very worn, allowing drivers on fresh tyres to pass him with ease.

After the restart he dropped from seventh place down to 13th, making this the second race in a row that McLaren have failed to score a point.

14. Esteban Gutierrez - Sauber-Ferrari
While four drivers suffered left rear tyre failures, Gutierrez suffered a front left tyre failure which damaged his front wing in the process, meaning that the best he could manage was 14th place.

15. Charles Pic - Caterham-Renault
Pic’s performance during the British Grand Prix showed that the team are making progress and are now able to compete with the Williams team, however Bottas managed to pass him after the second safety car went in.

After the race Pic was positive saying that they were now seeing the performance levels they experienced earlier in the year and were heading into Germany in a better position they were in when they left Canada three weeks ago.

16. Jules Bianchi - Marussia-Cosworth
So far this year Jules Bianchi has been seriously impressing by outperforming his teammate and really taking the fight to Caterham’s Charles Pic.

Bianchi finished a few seconds behind Pic, after suffering a poor start and getting caught out by the safety car.

His performance this season has crucially allowed Marussia to get ahead of Caterham in the Constructors Championship, which is important as the team who finished in last place will not receive prize money.

17. Max Chilton - Marussia-Cosworth
Ahead of his first home grand prix Max Chilton was hoping to get ahead of the teams main rivals, the Caterhams. He finished just ahead of Giedo van der Garde after a close battle to the finish as van der Garde tried to take advantage of Chilton’s older tyres.

18. Giedo van der Garde - Caterham-Renault
van der Garde had a pretty miserable race spending most of it right at the back of the grid. However during the last few laps on fresher tyres he was able to fight hard against Marussia’s Max Chilton.

They crossed the line together, with Chilton a mere 0.1 seconds ahead of van der Garde.

DNF - Romain Grosjean - Lotus-Renault
At the start of the race Frenchman Romain Grosjean made contact with Mark Webber after the Australian suffered a very slow start, which as a result damaged Grosjean’s front wing.

He suffered with performance throughout the rest of the race due to a damaged front wing and retired on the last lap of the race as the car was “difficult to drive”.

DNF - Sergio Perez - McLaren-Mercedes
After spending the majority of the race in the points Perez suffered his second tyre failure of the weekend on lap 46 of the British Grand Prix on the Hangar Straight.

Unfortunately for the young Mexican it caused significant damage to his car, which forced him to retire.

Despite the team failing to pick up any points, he felt that the team had made “useful improvements”.

DNF - Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing
After Hamilton’s tyre failure the win looked to be in the bag for Vettel until his gearbox failed on lap 41, forcing him to retire for the first time this season.

After the race Vettel explained what he thought was the cause of the problem, “fifth gear broke and damaged the rest of the gearbox as well”.

DNF - Jean-Eric Vergne - Toro Rosso
After the news of Webber’s retirement things don’t seem to have gone quite to plan for Jean-Eric Vergne who despite saying that he’s not bothered, will want to be showing that he has got the speed and talent to drive for Red Bull.

Following a qualifying session to forget after a mistake on his one hot lap prevented him from getting through to Q3 he began the race in 11th place. A poor start meant he had to fight his way through the pack, but all his hard work was undone when his tyre failed causing significant damage to the car which forced him to retire.

After the race Vergne said it was a shame that the tyre issue had wasted “a whole weekend’s work for the team”, though he felt there was an upside saying, “I believe we showed the car was very quick and we can be in the fight in the coming races”.

2013 British GP race start (LAT Photo)

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