Mark Webber has clinched his third win of the season at the 2010 British GP while his team mate Sebastian Vettel who started from pole position only managed 7th as the German went off track on the opening lap, dropping him down the field. Things became worse for him when he had to pit following a puncture.
Webber’s victory came after using a chassis that is older than what Vettel was using and after the “front wing” fiasco where Webber was forced to use an older front wing during yesterday’s qualifying session. Lewis Hamilton who started the race in fourth finished in second place while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg took the final spot of the podium, after fending off McLaren’s Jenson Button who settled for fourth.
Veteran Rubens Barrichello managed to collect some valuable points for Williams with his fifth place finish. Kamui Kobayashi also did the same for Sauber as the Japanese driver crossed the line in sixth. Seventh place man Vettel led four German drivers who made up the rest of the top ten. They included Force India’s Adrian Sutil, Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher who stood in the shadows of his team mate yet again and lastly Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg.
Despite starting the race from third and seventh places, both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa from Ferrari failed to score any points today as they finished in 14th and 15th respectively. The former suffered from a bad start and was also given a drive through penalty after wrongfully overtaking Robert Kubica from Renault mid-way through the race. Despite moving down the field Alonso continued to entertain viewers with his enthusiastic driving.
Both Lotus drivers managed to finish the race despite fear of yet another hydraulics-related problem. Jarno Trulli led the way as the Italian finished in 16th place ahead of Heikki Kovalainen. Behind him in 18th was Timo Glock from Virgin followed by Karun Chandhok from Hispania. Four drivers were classified in the “Did Not Finish” list including Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari, Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa, Renault’s Robert Kubica and finally Lucas di Grassi in the sister Virgin car.
In terms of the Constructor’s Championship McLaren still leads with 278 points while Red Bull is second with 249 points. Ferrari is currently in third with 165 points followed by Mercedes with 126 points. Hamilton is still in the top spot of the Driver’s Championship thanks to 145 points. Team mate Button is close behind with 133 points. Both Red Bull drivers are in third and fourth, with Webber and Vettel having 128 and 121 points respectively.
Following a dramatic British GP with many thanks to the event’s opening lap, Formula 1, which now crosses the half-way mark will now set it’s direction towards Hockenheim for the German GP on July 25th.