Monday, July 12, 2010

The British GP: No English tea party tonight

Australian Mark Webber is all smiles today as he stacked up his 3rd win of the season by winning the 2010 FIA Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

Set in the small village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England, Webber's pace in the RB6 proved too much for the hometown hero, Lewis Hamilton, who struggled to keep pace with the runaway leader of the pack. Hamilton finished 2nd for McLaren.

Different story for teammate Sebastian Vettel. The German who qualified 1st or P1 yesterday in the Australian's 'borrowed' nosecone was overtaken on the first corner by Webber and had an early tire puncture that relegated him to the back of the grid. However, his classic maneuvers, especially one over Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes, climbing back up the top earned praises from fans. He finished 7th.

In the 5.8-km, 52-lap, 306-km race distance, Nico Rosberg of Mercedes made a shut out of the podium to 4th place finisher Jenson Button of McLaren. No English tea party today, eh?

Technically demanding in the sense that the oldest tract that used to be an airfield-- prewar period-- Silverstone has been revised to add more excitement to an already fast-speed circuit in an area known for weather changes in the blink of an eye. Think 2008.

Fernando Alonso's struggles continue to hound him and Ferrari as the double World Champion failed to capitalize on his P3 Qualifying by having a poor start, a drive-through penalty for cutting a corner and a puncture. The Spaniard finished out of the top 10.

We move to Round # 11 of Germany's Hockenheim circuit. Fans await Germany's most successful driver to date-- 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. They'll hope he delivers.

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