• NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Fernando Alonso (C) of Spain and Ferrari leads the field at the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)
  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)
  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari leads the field at the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Australia's Mark Webber driving a Red Bull Racing-Renault Formula 1 car in action during the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil stops in the pits, during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia won the race, Ferrari Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso finished second and Germany's Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel, finished third. (AP Photo/Nigel Roddis, pool)
  • McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain changes tyres in the pits during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia won the race, Ferrari Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso finished second and Germany's Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel, finished third. (AP Photo/Nigel Roddis, pool)
  • Spain's Fernando Alonso driving a Ferrari Formula 1 car leads the field during the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Australia's Mark Webber driving a Red Bull Racing-Renault Formula 1 car during the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Australia's Mark Webber, center, celebrates after winning the Formula One British Grand Prix as Spain's Fernando Alonso, left, and Germany's Sebastian Vettel look on at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
The British Grand Prix could be considered the sport's home race. That's why Silverstone, as behind the times as it may be, is still on the calendar, and why so many elements within the sport are keen on having a race in London. Because while other races come and go, F1 could not do without a British Grand Prix in some form or another.

This year's came hot on the heels of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where several drivers were on hand to demonstrate Formula One machinery old and new. From there it was on to Silverstone where the real action took place today, taking a season jam-packed with action one step closer to the halfway mark. Keep reading to see how it went down.

A rain-drenched qualifying session on Saturday saw Fernando Alonso, fresh from his win in Valencia, take pole position away from Mark Webber, with Michael Schumacher taking a surprising third position. Defending champion Sebastian Vettel could muster no better than fourth, with Felipe Massa landing his Ferrari an admirable fifth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in sixth. Pastor Maldonado, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean rounded out the top ten as Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button managed no better than 13th and 16th, respectively. Vitaly Petrov was disqualified due to engine failure.

Off the line, former teammates Massa and Raikkonen brushed, sending Kimi downfield as Felipe moved up past Sebastian Vettel. In the ensuing melee Paul di Resta popped a tire and damaged his suspension. Force India swapped the former but the latter ended up pushing the former DTM champ into retirement.



After dogging his former mentor for eleven laps, Massa finally made it past Schumacher for third place as the first round of pit stops commenced. Lap 12 saw Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez make contact and spin. Maldonado made it to the pits and back out on track, but Perez was down for the count.

With the bulk of the field completing their mandatory pit stops and swapping in fresh rubber before the halfway mark, a tight battle erupted for fifth place between three former champions. Both Raikkonen and Hamilton passed Schumacher in quick succession, but everyone would be making a second stop on this high-speed circuit.

The second round of stops was without incident until Kamui Kobayashi ran down a series of his own pit crew members.




The closing laps saw Schumacher pass Hamilton for seventh place after falling behind the pack, but the biggest drama came the following lap when Mark Webber narrowly passed Alonso for the lead with just four laps to go.

Webber held on to take the win. Alonso finished a hard-fought second, and Vettel made it a solid podium for Red Bull.

Massa came in a strong fourth – his best result since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix – followed by the Lotus pair of Raikkonen and Grosjean. Schumacher took a seventh place finish that, while respectable, failed to live up to the promise of the third position in which he finished the last race and started this one. The remaining points were divided between Hamilton, Senna and Button.



The results leave Alonso still at the top of the standings, but his lead diminished at 129 points to Webber's 116. Vettel trails with 100, Hamilton with 92 and Raikkonen with 83. Red Bull's lead in the constructors' standings, meanwhile, is further entrenched at 216 to Ferrari's 152, Lotus' 144 and McLaren's 142. Watch this space for coverage of round 10 at the German Grand Prix from Hockenheim on July 22.


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  • 11 Comments
      alexlivefree
      • 3 Years Ago
      When is Maldonado going to be penalized? This guy wrecks and wrecks and wrecks and nothing is ever done about it.
        Veegee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alexlivefree
        Agreed, Maldonando really has been getting into a lot of trouble on the track
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alexlivefree
        Agree. They need to disqualify him for a race!
        Mondrell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alexlivefree
        Maldonado ate a ten spot qualifying penalty for crashing into Perez during Monaco practice (which later became fifteen spots for a premature gearbox swap), took a twenty second time penalty for improperly returning to the track at Hamilton's expense in Valencia (consequently demoting him from third to twelfth), and the stewards decided that this latest incident with Perez is going to cost him €10,000 and a reprimand. Penalties aren't my specialty, but I'm struggling to think of a driver who has been disciplined more this season.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alexlivefree
        It's true he gets in a lot of wrecks but this is a sign that he has no fear. Once he calms down, that will be the day he'll start winning because he is a very quick driver.
      phreshoneTX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alonso should have been on the winning strategy. He was in 1st early on, on the hard compound tires. Had Team Ferrari not pulled him in so early, the softs wouldn't have given up over the last 7 laps... Poor tire managment
        Idle Shell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @phreshoneTX
        That Ferrari has been competitive at all stuns me. Not a huge fan of the Scuderia but I've been very impressed with the improvement of the F2012. You also have to tip your hat to Alonso. Massa, presumably, should be benefiting from those same improvements but the points delta says it all. So who gets the 2nd seat at Ferrari next year?
        Shane
        • 3 Years Ago
        @phreshoneTX
        I think he was on the best strategy he could have been on. Starting on lap 11 his times began increasing until he boxed on lap 15. He was managing them well, but they probably would have started falling off the cliff had he stayed out much longer. The second pit stop was probably a lap or two too early, but Webber was closing quickly and they needed to try something to maintain the gap. Had he stayed out any longer Webber would probably have jumped him in the pits anyway. Bottom line for me was Alonso came to the fore in the wet qualifying P1, the Red Bull is still a faster car and it proved that on track by fairly convincingly getting 1st place. A brilliant drive by Alonso though and honestly a good strategy from Ferrari to try to get the win without losing on the gamble too massively.
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do pray that UK may never win any gold in the olympics...
        Carbon Fibre
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Seph
        Cause hell, the whole country goes a massive deadly overhyped celebration, haha. The whole damn Sky Sports wouldn't shut up about, "OOOH Britain, British, Fans, Our Land,, blah blah blah, Button Hamilton Button Hamilton." HOLY S****.