• British Grand Prix

Driver-by-driver run down

Chris Medland and Laurence Edmondson
July 10, 2011
The cars leave the grid at the start of the race © Sutton Images
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Fernando Alonso - 1st A flawless drive, and one that took surprising patience for a man who has not won a race since South Korea last year. His start wasn't the strongest, but he had shown the pace to challenge for the win after only a few laps, and stayed calm even when he lost out to Hamilton on slick tyres. He dispatched the McLaren with ease using DRS and then showed relentless pace to capitalise on Vettel's misfortune and prevent anyone else a sniff of victory.

Sebastian Vettel - 2nd Got what he described as an "excellent" start to jump Webber and take the lead, and looked to be in his usual supreme form as he eased away at the front. His lead was eroded quickly after the first pit stops though, and that meant when he had his delayed pit stop he found himself behind Alonso and Hamilton. A KERS problem scuppered any chance of passing Hamilton on track and let Alonso pull the gap he needed.

Mark Webber - 3rd Ultimately undone by Vettel's brilliant start which left him playing second fiddle for the rest of the afternoon. As Alonso closed towards the end of the first stint he went off at Becketts and put the Ferrari right on his tail, but was unfortunate to have a similar problem to Vettel and ended up fourth after the second stops. Hamilton was easy pickings late on, but was frustrated by team orders that prevented him taking second at the death.

Lewis Hamilton - 4th Having started tenth, Hamilton showed his best side with a performance full of measured overtaking and aggression. After a good start he dispatched di Resta and Button within the space of a lap before jumping Massa in the pit stops. His move on Alonso in to Copse was both brave and supremely skilful, but a lack of fuel prevented him challenging for the podium. Fought to the death though with a strong move on Massa in the final corner to hold on to fourth.

Felipe Massa - 5th Had showed competitive pace until the first pit stops, where Alonso was able to pull rank and pit first, meaning Massa dropped behind Hamilton in to the clutches of Button. Lost out in a strong battle with Button and sustained some damage to his floor in turn six, but showed strong pace at the end of the race to catch Hamilton before again losing out in a close fight in the final corner by just 0.024s.

Nico Rosberg - 6th A poor start dropped him down to 12th, but he showed good pace to climb back through the field. Tyre usage has always been a bit of an Achilles heel this season for Mercedes but Rosberg went for a long final sting on a two-stop strategy to get track position, and then managed to look after the Pirelli's even better than Perez's Sauber which is notoriously easy on its tyres.

Sergio Perez - 7th It was his best result of the season and his first points since his Monaco accident. He put together a brilliant drive for a rookie in mixed conditions, and with a little more straight-line speed he would have been able to attack Nico Rosberg ahead of him. After the race a beaming Peter Sauber said: "I'm very proud of him".

Nick Heidfeld - 8th Renault has been on the back foot all weekend, so four points can be seen as something of a success. The off-throttle exhaust clampdown hit the car's performance quite badly, and in such a competitive midfield it probably cost the team a few extra points this weekend.

Michael Schumacher - 9th For the second race in a row - and the third time this season - Schumacher found himself apologising for a collision at the end of the race. The accident will provide fuel for his critics' fire, but it's quite hard to defend him in this case. He put the shunt down to him misjudging the effect of the DRS, but it was more than just a minor error and brought an end to a promising race for Kamui Kobayashi.

Jaime Alguersuari - 10th For the third race in a row Alguersuari scored points from 18th on the grid. His performance in the wet was especially impressive, although he benefitted from running a little extra downforce compared to his rivals.

Adrian Sutil - 11th At one stage he looked capable of scoring points but a three stop strategy and a general lack of pace in the dry ultimately cost him. Despite finishing ahead of his team-mate it was another race where he was slightly overshadowed by Paul di Resta.

Vitaly Petrov - 12th He complained of a lack of traction out of slow corners after the race, but the Renault package as a whole struggled this weekend. He made up two positions on his grid slot but it will still be a race to forget.

Rubens Barrichello - 13th Starting on a dry set-up, he struggled for position at the start but slowly made up lost ground

Pastor Maldonado - 14thOutqualified his far more experienced team-mate but failed to overcome a poor start and dropped back through the field

Paul di Resta - 15thHeld his own at the start but was undone by a botched pit stop when his team had Adrian Sutil's tyres ready and he had to wait while his were brought out. Any lingering chances of a top ten finish ended when he collided with Sebastian Buemi and lost part of his front wing

Timo Glock - 16th Settled down after a slightly uncertain start, but the elimination of the Lotus's meant that for much of the race he was happy to take no risks and ensure another two-car finish.

Jerome d'Ambrosio - 17th Recovered well from a sluggish start, overhauled the HRT of Tonio Liuzzi but then had to ease off in the final stages to preserve his tyres.

Tonio Liuzzi- 18th Given he had been warning ever since Valencia this could be a tough weekend, the start was promising and briefly the HRTs scrapped with the Lotus's. Once their rivals had retired, it was all about ensuring a two-car finish.

Daniel Ricciardo- 19th Failed to make any impression on his debut, but given he was in the HRT few expected anything else, and going the distance was a success in itself. "I was doing my own race and it got a little bit boring at times," he admitted.

Jenson Button - DNF A wretched afternoon and still he waits for a podium finish at a British Grand Prix. He pulled off the overtake of the afternoon in passing Massa on the inside into Vale, and was well placed in fourth when the McLaren pit crew had their moment of madness, sending him back out with his front right-side wheel not secured.

Sebastian Buemi - DNF Had driven a good race to steadily climb to 12th when his back left-side tyre was punctured in a coming together with di Resta; although he tried to limp back to the pits, the tyre disintegrated long before he could get there and he was forced to stop.

Kamui Kobayashi - DNF An eventful afternoon even if it only lasted 33 laps. He was shunted by Schumacher and then released from a pit stop too early and suffered damage as he clipped a Williams and removed some Force India air lines. He struggled with downforce as a result, and was also hit with a ten-second stop-start penalty before an engine oil issue finally ended his day.

Jarno Trulli - DNF Started decently and was pressurising Glock in 19th when he was called in because of a loss of engine pressure and the team did not want to risk further damage.

Heiki Kovalainen - DNF Got a good start, but lost fourth gear before the lap was out and was forced to retire.