Fernando Alonso won the British Grand Prix (Silverstone, UK) in Formula 1 2011 season, after taken advantage of a mistake committed by Red Bull at the second pit stop made by Sebastian Vettel, who completed the podium alongside Mark Webber.
Radical change of the technical regulations for the British Grand Prix coincided with the first victory for Scuderia Ferrari this season, but the success is closely linked with a mistake committed by Red Bull Racing mechanics.
Staring third from the grid, Fernando Alonso remained in this position until the second pit stop half way down the race when Red Bull Racing mechanics had a problem with mounting a rear left tire for the race car piloted by the leader Sebastian Vettel, because of which he lost 7-8 seconds.
The Spaniard has made the most of this opportunity and become leader after the last pit stop, and in the last stint performed a simple formality to get the first victory after the one from South Korean Grand Prix in 2010.
Last place on the podium was occupied by Mark Webber, who lost first place at start in front of his Red Bull teammate. Later, the Australian has lost two positions at the second entrance to pits in front of Alonso and Hamilton, but overtake the last and attacked Vettel for second place in the last laps. However, Webber’s team transmitted to the radio to keep distance from Vettel to avoid an accident.
Starting only 10th, Hamilton finished 4th at the end a race full of adventures, the British recovering five positions in the first lap. Later, he had several duels with Felipe Massa after which sporadically he came out off the track, and the two faced including in the last lap.
McLaren warned him not to force that will be likely to remain without fuel, Hamilton was reached again by Massa and the two bumped into each other in the last turn, the British succeeded in extremis to finish before the Brazilian, who went wide in the last turn and had to settle for fifth place.
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP), Sergio Perez (Sauber) and Nick Heidfeld (Renault) completed the following positions, while Michael Schumacher finished ninth despite a 10 seconds penalty occurred after a duel with Kamui Kobayashi on lap 11, when he damaged his front wing. The last point at stake was won by Jaime Alguersuari, despite the fact that the Toro Rosso driver was eliminated in the first part of the qualifications.
Jenson Button abandoned with 13 laps before the end after McLaren mechanics sent him back to track failing to properly mount the right front tire. It came off immediately, and the British had to pull over just outside of the pitlane.
Silverstone – Race Rankings and overall standings (Provisionally Race Results)
The British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, UK
52 laps; 5.891km (3.66 miles); Weather: Cloudy
Fastest lap: Fernando Alonso, 1:34:908
1. Alonso Ferrari 1h28:41.194 2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 16.511 3. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 16.947 4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 28.986 5. Massa Ferrari + 29.010 6. Rosberg Mercedes + 1:00.665 7. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1:05.590 8. Heidfeld Renault + 1:15.542 9. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:17.912 10. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:19.108 11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1:19.712 12. Petrov Renault + 1:20.600 13. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap 14. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap 15. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 16. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 2 laps 17. D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth + 2 laps 18. Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps 19. Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth + 3 laps Not classified/retirements: Driver Team Gap Button McLaren-Mercedes 11 Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 26 Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 28 Trulli Lotus-Renault 41 Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 49 World Championship standings, round 9: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 204 1. Red Bull-Renault 328 2. Webber 124 2. McLaren-Mercedes 218 3. Alonso 112 3. Ferrari 164 4. Hamilton 109 4. Mercedes 68 5. Button 109 5. Renault 65 6. Massa 52 6. Sauber-Ferrari 33 7. Rosberg 40 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 8. Heidfeld 34 8. Force India-Mercedes 12 9. Petrov 31 9. Williams-Cosworth 4 10. Schumacher 28 11. Kobayashi 25 12. Sutil 10 13. Alguersuari 9 14. Buemi 8 15. Perez 8 16. Barrichello 4 17. Di Resta 2 Next Race: 2011 Formula 1 Grosser Preis SANTANDER von Deutschland - Nürburgring (22-24 Jul)