July 21, 2010

2010 F1 British Grand Prix Review

Australian F1 driver Mark Webber holds first place trophy. Picture from AP Photo.

The 2010 F1 British Grand Prix race was run at Silverstone Circuit, near Silverstone, England, on Sunday - July 11, 2010. It was won by Red Bull driver Mark Webber, his third victory of the 2010 season.

The most interesting and relevant Formula1.com posts, from final practice to qualifying and on through to post race reactions, are in the list below. Preview posts are included in the previous regular 'Reading And Viewing List' blog entries.

Final practice - Red Bull remain in charge
Posted at Formula1.com on July 10, 2010

Red Bull continued their domination of practice for the British Grand Prix in Saturday morning’s final session when Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber ended up at the top of the times separated by only 0.034s. But their morning was not without drama. Vettel had lapped in 1m 30.958s and had just set the fastest time in sector one when, going into Abbey, the nose of his RB6 worked loose, allowing the front wing to scrape on the track...

Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com on July 10, 2010

HRT’s Sakon Yamamoto on taking part in his first qualifying session for three years; McLaren’s Jenson Button on failing to make it through to Q3 at his home event; and Sebastian Vettel on taking his fifth - and Red Bull’s ninth - pole position of the season. All 24 drivers, and senior team personnel, review Saturday’s action at Silverstone...

Qualifying - Red Bull sweep to British pole
Posted at Formula1.com on July 10, 2010

Sebastian Vettel will start the British Grand Prix from pole position for Red Bull after narrowly beating team mate Mark Webber. The two of them were inseparable in all three sessions, but Vettel just edged out the Australian with a lap of 1m 29.615s compared to 1m 29.758s.

It then transpired that there were only two of the latest RB6 front wings available and that Vettel got the second as a replacement after his original broke in final practice this morning. A tight-lipped Webber simply said: “The team is happy with the result today”...

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Great Britain
Posted at Formula1.com on July 10, 2010

Drivers: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 1m 29.615s; 2. Mark Webber (Red Bull), 1m 29.758s; 3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 1m 30.426s

Q: Sebastian, congratulations. What is it with you and this track?
Sebastian Vettel: I don’t know what it is here. On Friday morning we do the first couple of laps and it’s unbelievable, the corner combinations. I can only say it again and again, it is so much fun, especially in qualifying...

Mark Webber Q&A: Red Bull have a good margin
Posted at Formula1.com on July 10, 2010

Red Bull seemed to be in a league of their own on Saturday afternoon at Silverstone, with only Fernando Alonso coming close enough to look at their exhausts. Mark Webber was forced to grin and bear it as team mate Sebastian Vettel clocked pole position, but given where his other title rivals are on the grid, P2 is not a bad place to be - especially when you believe you car advantage should carry over to the race...

Qualifying analysis - race now Red Bull's to lose?
Posted at Formula1.com on July 10, 2010

Everyone says the RB6 is the fastest car on the grid over a single lap and at Silverstone on Saturday Red Bull hammered the point home, once more locking out the front row. With or without its latest front-wing update, it seems the rest of the pack will have their work cut out to stay in touch on Sunday. We take a team-by-team look at where things stand after qualifying for the British Grand Prix...

Paddock Postcard from Silverstone
Posted at Formula1.com on July 11, 2010

The social side of the British Grand Prix began as early as last Monday with the F1™ Party in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, at London’s Natural History Museum, featuring a private gig from the Sugababes.

Santander supported the party for a fourth year to raise funds for the hospital’s new heart and lung Centre. Bernie Ecclestone was host and his daughter Tamara was the creative director and helped to plan and oversee the event...

Race - Webber untouchable at Silverstone
Posted at Formula1.com on July 11, 2010

Mark Webber offered the greatest response to all of Red Bull’s qualifying hoopla by dominating Sunday's British Grand Prix from the start, and rebuilding his lead after a safety-car period that allowed team mate Sebastian Vettel to get back in the game after a disastrous first corner had seen the German go off track after a light brush with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. The puncture that he sustained dropped him to the tail of the field.

Hamilton challenged Webber mightily on that first lap, but it was soon clear that only a major drama could take a richly deserved success away from the Australian. He was in a class of his own, as was the indefatigable Hamilton who maintained his world championship lead with a gutsy run to second...

Formula 1 2010 SANTANDER British Grand Prix Highlights
Race Edit

Posted at formula1hd YouTube channel on July 16, 2010

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: British comedians and actors attending this race - Rowan Atkinson, Patrick Stewart, etc.
**Updated: Original video was taken down.

British Grand Prix - selected team & driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com on July 11, 2010

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on his frustrating start from pole; McLaren’s Jenson Button on his triumphant drive from 14th to fourth; Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on his controversial pass on Renault’s Robert Kubica; and Red Bull’s Mark Webber on clinching his third win of the season. All 24 drivers, and senior team personnel, report back on Sunday’s race...

FIA post-race press conference - Great Britain
Posted at Formula1.com on July 11, 2010

1st Mark Webber (Red Bull), 1h24m38.200s; 2nd Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 1h24m39.560s; 3rd Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 1h24m59.507s.

Q: Mark, you were very angry yesterday after the team switched the front wings. After the race today you said on the radio race ‘not bad for a number two driver'. Was today all about poetic justice?
Mark Webber: Maybe there is a bloke upstairs every now and again. I just did the best job I could do today and it worked out okay. Enjoyed the grand prix to be honest. It was a good fight with Lewis...

Lewis Hamilton Q&A: McLaren have moved forward
Posted at Formula1.com on July 11, 2010

Slower than the competition, yet still able to maintain the championship lead - that is either good luck or an amazing ability to pull rabbits - or positions - out of the hat. At Silverstone on Sunday McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton proved he has that ability, as he finished second to Red Bull’s Mark Webber. It’s making the best of things, even when times seem hard, that could decide this year’s title and Hamilton is more than ready to grasp any opportunity...

Great Britain analysis - Webber fights back with flair
Posted at Formula1.com on July 12, 2010

Red Bull’s Mark Webber turned the frustration following his team’s decision to hand over the upgraded wing from his RB6 to team mate Sebastian Vettel into sheer unadulterated pace at Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Beating pole-sitter Vettel into the first corner was just the start of Webber’s all-conquering performance, as he led McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg to the Silverstone finish line. We take a team-by-team look at events...

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