A very exciting race at Silverstone with some strong performances throughout the field and plenty of movement forwards and backwards among the placings.
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Qualified third, just a tenth of a second shy of the Red Bulls who locked out the front row. Made a solid start and kept pace with Vettel and Webber up front. Lost a place to Hamilton but repassed the McLaren driver using the DRS on the Wellington Straight. Undercut Webber in the pit stops and then took the lead when Vettel had his problem in the pits. Fast in the dry, he drove away at the front and never looked back to finish 16 seconds ahead of the field. It was his first win of the season and 27th of his career.
Felt he could have gone quicker in qualifying had the rain not come in Q3 but made up for it with a lightening start in the race. Leapfrogged team-mate Webber into Turn one and then controlled the race up until the second round of stops. A delay fitting the left-rear wheel cost him dearly and he dropped behind Alonso and Hamilton. Passed Hamilton during the third round of stops but couldn’t catch Alonso. Nonetheless, he maintained his record of finishing in the top two at every race and extended his lead to 80 points in the drivers’ standings.
A nightmare qualifying session saw Hamilton qualify 10th for his home race. Made a strong start in the changeable conditions and was up to sixth after lap three. Rose as high as second, but was forced to back off in the final stint to save fuel. That allowed Webber to pass and Massa to close in. Went side by side with Massa into the final corner on the final lap and the duo touched, but Hamilton dug deep and held on to finish fourth.
Started ninth, but dropped down the field after a poor start. Battled back up the field with a sleek strategy and managed to drive 22 laps on the soft tyre in the final stint. Held off Perez in the latter stages of the race to finish sixth – his fifth points finish in nine races this season.
Qualified 12th, four places behind Sauber team-mate Kobayashi but drove a strong race to hustle Mercedes’ Rosberg for sixth before ultimately finishing seventh. It was his first points finish since his heavy accident in Monte Carlo and his second score of the season.
Toro Rosso went for an aggressive strategy and it worked. Alguersuari started 18th and judged the tricky conditions well in the early stages of the race. Got into the points from the lower third of the grid for the third race in a row by finishing 10th.