No Home Joy For Ferrari As Vettel Storms To Victory

Ferrari failed to provide the Tifosi with reason to celebrate as an unstoppable Sebastian Vettel led from lights to flag. The German dominated for the whole weekend and claimed an easy pole position before finishing the race over five seconds clear of his closest rival, Fernando Alonso. 

There was plenty to talk about pre-race as it appeared that the race could be a wet one, rain falling on the track around fifty minutes before the race start. It soon died off however and left all cars starting on the dry Pirelli compounds. There was uncertainty at McLaren also, who discovered a fuel system issue relatively late in the pre-race build up and had to put in frantic work to get his car on the grid. Nonetheless, the Briton took his place on the grid.

The Red Bull’s locked out the front row with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg impressively right behind them. Off the line, Vettel kept the lead while Webber made a good start and kept on his rear wing. Felipe Massa had a fantastic start and jumped to second while Vettel suffered a huge lock-up into the first corner and forced Webber wide. Hulkenberg dropped down the order as Alonso moved up to fourth. Kimi Raikkonen out-braked himself into turn 1 and nudged McLaren’s Sergio Perez into the run-off area, forcing the Finn to pit for a new front wing.

The other Lotus was also in the wars; Force India’s Paul di Resta out-braked himself into the second chicane and had a quiet spectacular shunt into the rear of Romain Grosjean’s E-21, losing his front left wheel and retiring immediately. Miraculously, Grosjean’s car was completely undamaged and he stayed in the race.

Alonso wasn’t waiting for an invitation from Mark Webber to move up to third, making a fantastic manoeuvre around the outside of the Red Bull. His next target was Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari, who he had soon caught and passed with a presumably orchestrated ease.

Lewis Hamilton was fighting to recover from a poor Qualifying, but was hindered by both a slow puncture and radio problems. The team called him into the pits several times but to no avail as he was receiving no audio from there end. Eventually, the good old pit board was brought out to instruct him into the pits where he changed to medium tyres, rejoining in nineteenth.

Jean-Eric Vergne was soon out of the race, struck with more horrible luck. The Frenchman’s engine had blown and left a trail of oil around the second chicane, where he pulled off to watch the remainder of the race.

The Red Bull duo made their respective pit-stops, with Mark Webber putting the undercut to good effect to pass Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Alonso couldn’t use the undercut on Vettel, instead rejoining six seconds shy of the race-leader. Romain Grosjean was making overtakes though, pulling an impressive dive up the inside of Sergio Perez into turn 1. He seemed to open the idea up to other people who turned the corner into the center of the action; Kimi and Lewis fighting tooth or nail for several laps through the corner before the latter eventually trumped the former and moved up the order. Next, Lewis went looking for a points finish and passed both McLaren drivers on separate laps.

Late in the race, the last lap in fact, Adrian Sutil pulled his Force India into his garage to make it a double DNF for the Silverstone based team. On the other end of the grid, Vettel crossed the line first, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. Hulkenberg came home fifth in a fantastic performance for Sauber while Lewis Hamilton eventually finished ninth.

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Fernando Alonso
  3. Mark Webber
  4. Felipe Massa
  5. Nico Hulkenberg
  6. Nico Rosberg
  7. Daniel Ricciardo
  8. Romain Grosjean
  9. Lewis Hamilton
  10. Jenson Button
  11. Kimi Raikkonen
  12. Sergio Perez
  13. Esteban Gutierrez
  14. Pastor Maldonado
  15. Valtteri Bottas
  16. Adrian Sutil (completed over 90% race distance and is classified)
  17. Charles Pic
  18. Giedo van der Garde
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Max Chilton
  • Jean-Eric Vergne
  • Paul di Resta
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