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Silverstone roundup

For 48 laps of Silverstone on Sunday, it appeared as though Fernando Alonso was set to embark on yet another victory. However, Red Bull’s Mark Webber dramatically turned the tables with just five laps remaining.

The weather on race day was of stark contrast to Saturdays’ qualifier - the 125,000 spectators were greeted with vigorous downpours at the beginning of the weekend, causing difficulties for both teams and fans alike. But it would remain dry for the race and although this would’ve been greatly welcomed by organisers, a wet track may have sparked life into what was, a severely lacklustre race.

The only real excitement of the race didn’t come until the 48th lap, resulting in the main turning point of the race as Webber inevitably flew past Alonso. The Spaniard barely putting up a fight for his position, but Webber’s decision to change to hard tyres on lap 37 it was a decision that fundamentally won him the race, as Alonso couldn’t compete with the grip that his rival possessed.

Alonso held on to second place as Sebastian Vettal made it a Red Bull one-three finish. It was yet another Silverstone to forget for the McLaren boys, more so for Jensen Button whose wait for a podium finish still awaits him - finishing 10th. Teammate Hamilton held onto first whilst Alonso pitted, but this was short lived and eventually finished eighth.

This race will certainly not go down in history, both Brits failed to entertain an expectant Silverstone crowd. And with spectators experiencing lengthy traffic delays due to the weather, the demand to upgrade the infrastructure, to meet requirements of the British weather, was evident.

Victory for Webber now sees him within 13 points of Alonso, Hamilton slips to third following Vettel’s podium finish and Kimi Raikkonen climbs a place to fifth.

Race Results

1. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1hr 25m 11.288s 52 laps

2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +0m 03.0s

3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +0m 04.8s

4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +0m 09.5s

5. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault +0m 10.3s

6. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault +0m 17.1s

7. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +0m 29.1s

8. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +0m 36.4s

9. Bruno Senna Brazil Williams-Renault +0m 43.3s

10. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +0m 44.4s

11. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +0m 45.3s

12. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +0m 47.8s

13. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari +0m 51.2s

14. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari +0m 53.3s

15. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +0m 57.3s

16. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault +1 lap

17. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham-Renault +1 lap

18. Timo Glock Germany Marussia -Cosworth +1 lap

19. Charles Pic France Marussia -Cosworth +1 lap

20. Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth +2 laps

21. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth +2 lap

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