Mark Webber has won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Red Bull driver passed Fernando Alonso late in the race, consigning the Ferrari driver to second place, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel who crossed the line in third.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa put in a much improved showing this weekend, bringing his Ferrari home in fourth place, ahead of Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. Michael Schmacher, who had qualified in third, brought his Mercedes home in seventh place, ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Bruno Senna and Jenson Button in tenth.
Alonso looked to be in firm control for much of the race, having converted his pole position to a comfortable lead. The Spaniard began the race on the harder, theoretically slower, of the two tyres available yet managed to build a gap on his rivals, the majority of whom were on the softer tyre.
However Alonso failed to extract sufficient pace or durability from the soft tyres when required to switch to them late in the race and fell back into Webber’s clutches, the Australian passing him with four laps remaining.
The result means Alonso’s lead over Webber has been cut to thirteen points, while the gap to third-placed Vettel is now 29 points. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton now finds himself 37 points adrift and — more worryingly — in a car that has looked uncompetitive for the last two races.
|1||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||52||Winner||2||25|
|2||5||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||52||+3.0 secs||1||18|
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||52||+4.8 secs||4||15|
|4||6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||52||+9.5 secs||5||12|
|5||9||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||52||+10.3 secs||6||10|
|6||10||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||52||+17.1 secs||9||8|
|7||7||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes||52||+29.1 secs||3||6|
|8||4||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||52||+36.4 secs||8||4|
|9||19||Bruno Senna||Williams-Renault||52||+43.3 secs||13||2|
|10||3||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||52||+44.4 secs||16||1|
|11||14||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari||52||+45.3 secs||17|
|12||12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||52||+47.8 secs||14|
|13||16||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||52||+51.2 secs||12|
|14||17||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||52||+53.3 secs||23|
|15||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||52||+57.3 secs||11|
|16||18||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||51||+1 Lap||7|
|17||20||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham-Renault||51||+1 Lap||19|
|18||24||Timo Glock||Marussia-Cosworth||51||+1 Lap||20|
|19||25||Charles Pic||Marussia-Cosworth||51||+1 Lap||24|
|20||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||50||+2 Laps||21|
|21||23||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||50||+2 Laps||22|
|Ret||15||Sergio Perez||Sauber-Ferrari||11||+41 Laps||15|
|Ret||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||2||+50 Laps||10|