Last week’s British GP I thought was a really interesting race. It all came down to the start. Mark Webber got off the line fantastically well to get up the inside of Vettel. Hamilton was looking for a way to slot into second but went into the first turn too hot and slightly tagged Sebastian’s back right tire. That seemingly insignificant tap was enough to puncture the tire and wreck Vettel’s race.
From there Webber led a controlled and fairly comfortable race. Hamilton pushed him hard but in the end his pace just wasn’t quite there to catch Webber, and it was fairly clear to see that the red Bull had speed in hand. Jenson Button started 14th and after a fantastic first lap and a good pit stop strategy he finished off a great recovery drive to 4th.
Vettel was almost a lap down after he rejoined the race after a long slow lap on the punctured tire and a very early pit stop. He went to the end on the hard tire and overtook most of the grid before finishing 7th. The overtake on Sutil for that position was very aggressive and could have ended badly but he just about got away with it. It was a great recovery from a terrible situation but 7th is still not where he thought he would be.
Other notable performances include both Williams cars getting into the top 10. Barrichello proved again that the team are making good progress with their car and he was unlucky to not have stayed in front of Button after the stops. Hopefully they can keep improving or at least maintain these steady results.
Nico Rosberg had his third podium of the year and shows that Mercedes are still there and this season is only half way through, so people shouldn’t be writing them off yet at all. Michael Schumacher was less impressive in 9th but he will likely continue to improve.
It was also another impressive display from Kamui Kobayashi who followed up his 7th place in Valencia with a 6th at Silverstone. He’s really starting to show the form he had at Toyota last year in those couple of races he had in Timo Glock’s place and is justifying his seat at Sauber. Pedro De La Rosa is still struggling but hopefully he’ll get the reliability and speed back in the next race and get into the points.
The next race is coming up this coming weekend from Hockenheim in Germany. I don’t know much about that track so I’m excited to see how the layout is for F1.