The good and the bad of the British Grand Prix
After one of the most dramatic race weekends of this season, we saw the momentum in the drivers’ championship battle swing back Lewis Hamilton’s way, following Nico Rosberg’s retirement from the lead, closing the gap between the rival pair to just four points in the German’s favour.
Let’s take a look at the good and the bad of the British Grand Prix.
Despite having admitted that he had made the call that stopped him from potentially captuirng pole position ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg during qualifying’s changeable conditions, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton more than made up for it by taking his second win at Silverstone in front of the home fans.
The Finn showed his potential by securing his best career finish in F1 with second place, and his second consecutive podium. He’s definitely flying in the right direction towards what looks like a great career for the 2011 GP3 champion.
Even though McLaren have not been able to compete with the top teams this season, the 2009 world champion got a great start ahead of teammate Kevin Magnussen with the pair shooting ahead of Sebastian Vettel. It was the Brit’s best result since he took third place at the season opener at Melbourne.
The Williams development driver took part in the first free practice session, making her the first woman since Brabham’s Giovanna Amati in 1992 to participate in a race weekend program.
The Alonso/Vettel battle
Two former champions were testing each other and the track limits at the very same time as both Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel raced wheel-to-wheel in the closing stages of the grand prix, swapping places and providing a great spectacle for the crowds in attendance and the viewers watching at home.
Both Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi ended made the best of their machinery in qualifying, and the pair could have even ended up in Q3 had the rain started falling earlier. Truly a gamble that paid off with the team and drivers making the best of the bad conditions.
The 2007 Champion suffered one of his worst qualifying sessions with the Scuderia, starting 18th on the grid. Come race day the Finn suffered minor injuries to his ankle and hips after going wide at Aintree, slamming into the Armco barriers. After 47G coarsed through his veins after the first lap accident, it was good to hear that the Finn was shaken but not stirred.
The Brazilian celebrated his 200th start in Formula 1 on Sunday, but a dismal qualifying session which left him placing 15th, and the misfortune of being caught up as an unfortunate victim of Räikkönen’s accident coming out of Aintree, spoilt his weekend. A bit of a low point after some great work at Austria two weeks ago, but glad to see that he avoided a direct hit with his former teammate by making the rear end of the car step out.
Unfortunately, Susie’s run came to an abrupt end after just four laps, as just off Vale, the FW36 came to an unfortunate halt. The internal combustion engine caused the car to come to a standstill, leaving the Scot with a very early walk back to pit lane. Despite the disappointment, she remains focused towards her next practice outing at Hockenheim.
The battle between the reigning four-time champion and Fernando Alonso was great to see. However, the radio transmissions from the German left somewhat of a sour taste in the mouth, as he was actually counting how many times that he thought his rival had exceeded the track limits.
Please let the racing do the talking.
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Alex Goldschmidt, a man with a view all his own. For the last 25 years, Alex has witnessed the talents of great drivers, such as Senna, Prost, Mansell and Schumacher, and enjoys the intrigue, scandal and confrontations, that occur both on and off the track. Alex also has an interest in the technical side of Formula One, as well as nostalgic moments in history, championing such people as John Surtees and Sir Jackie Stewart. With a view to making his career in motorsport journalism, he looks to provide original content to the masses, and to have great future success in his rapidly progressing career – as a reporter.