I was busy shooting the Honda Indy Toronto all weekend, so I’m just catching up with Formula One now…
Rain made for some interesting Qualifying strategies; the provisional grid: MW, SV, FA, FM, JB, PD, PM, KK, NR, LH, AS, SP, MS, VP, RB, NH, HK, JA, SB, TG, JT, JD, VL, DR.
Race day weather: air 20°C; track 22°C; 61% humidity; it’s overcast but not raining (yet?)
BBC report that the track is wet on the far side of the circuit; expect everyone to start on intermediate tyres
MW leads everyone away on the formation lap
They’re clearly throwing up some spray but it will probably only be a handful of laps before they need to swap to dry tyres
01/52: SV gets a better start
FA all over the rear of MW
Lots of spray on the back of the circuit
LH eases past PD
02: SV, MW, FA, JB, FM, LH
FM takes P4 from JB
LH squeezes past JB too
PD closing on JB!
03: SV, MW, FA, FM, LH, JB, PD, KK, MS, PM
HK in the garage – gearbox problems
DRS is still disabled because everyone’s on wet tyres
04: Pit-car from LH telling him he’s doing a great job 🙂
LH runs wide in Brooklands – locked up his front left – rejoins still just ahead of JB
05/52: Pit-car for MS saying dry tyres soon; MS says wait for 3 or 4 laps
Race control has enabled DRS now
06: SB takes P15 from VP
JA passes VP too
07: SP attacking NR for P11
08: BBC interview HK – confirms a gearbox problem
HK says he liked the weather conditions
09: McLaren preparing to put JB on dry tyres
Pit-car asking LH how soon to change to dry tyres
KK spins the Sauber in Brooklands – lost 2 places
FA right on the tail of MW
LH pressuring FM for P4
10/52: SV, MW, FA, FM, LH, JB, PD, AS, KK, MS
MS is the first to pit – new nose cone – did he hit KK?
Replay shows MS try to down the inside of KK and collected the Sauber
11: LH harrying FM
Incident involving 7 & 16 (MS & KK) under investigation
12: LH passes FM but outbrakes himself and FM re-takes the position
13: MW and FA pit
LH pits too – Ferrari have to hold FA for a split second as LH passes their box
KK releases – avoids contact but collects Force India air guns!
14: SV pits from P1
FM pits too
Incident involving car 16 (KK) under investigation – unsafe release
10sec stop-go penalty for car 7 for causing collision
JB makes a move on FM – FM pushes JB off track but JB hangs on and makes the move stick
15/52: SV, MW, FA, LH, JB, FM, PD, AS, MS, NR
LH makes a very brave move on FA – his slick tyres kicking up spray as he enters Copse!
LH takes P3
16: SV and MW having to pick up their pace as the McLarens close in
17: MS serves his stop/go penalty
19: JA almost touching the gearbox of VP
20/52: SV, MW, LH, FA, JB, FM, PD, AS, NR, SP
23: MS reproduces LH’s move and takes P14 from VP
Pit-car asking MW if he needs more front wing; “a little”
24: FA has closed up on LH and is challenging him for P3
FA uses KERS and DRS to pass LH; the McLaren can’t fight back
25/52: SV, MW, FA, LH, JB, FM, PD, AS, NR, SP
LH pits from P4; another set of used soft tyres
KK pulls off track – his engine’s smoking
26: Confusion in the Force India pits – they had the wrong tyres – very long stop for PD
Now AS pits – should he have stopped before PD?
27: MW pits from P2
JB and FM pit too
SB and PD make contact; breaks PD’s front wing; shreds
28: SV pits – problem with left rear – slow stop
FA pits too – FA exits the pits ahead of SV
30/52: FA, LH, SV, MW, JB, FM, NR, SP, NH, JA; retirements: SB, KK, JT, HK
32: SV set to use his DRS but LH can use his too as he was about to lap PD
33: BBC suggest the teams don’t have to use both tyre compounds because they started on inters, but it wasn’t declared a wet race so I’m not sure about that
SV looks at making a move – LH changes his line – was that more than one change?
MW runs wide but gets the Red Bull back on track
34: SV dancing around behind LH, trying to distract him
35/52: FA, LH, SV, MW, JB, FM, NR, SP, AS, VP
Is SV trying to cool his slick tyres?
36: SV right on the gearbox of LH’s McLaren
37: SV pits – trying to find some clear air – rejoins in P6
38: LH pits – rejoins a long way behind SV
40: JB pits – front right wheel’s not secured! JB exits pit lane, realises it’s loose and parks off track 🙁
Replay shows the lollipop was raised even though the front right jack man was changing guns
41: FA, SV, LH, MW, FM, NR, SP, NH
42: FM pits
Pit-car for LH tells him he needs to conserve more fuel
43: MW closing on LH
Pit-car relaying LH’s message to MW
LH locks up but makes the corner
44: MW now 1.5sec behind LH and closing in
45/52: FA, SV, LH, MW, FM, NR, SP, NH
Pit-car for MW suggesting caution as LH “could be bluffing”!?
46: LH trying to make his car as wide as possible
MW sails past to take P3
LH cuts back a bit close to MW but no contact
47: Pit-car for FM relaying (and embellishing?) the news of LH’s fuel conservation
48: Pit-car from NR sounds flustered, asking about the age of the tyres of the car behind him (SP)
49: FM closing on LH at 2.5sec/lap – he should catch the McLaren before the end
LH demanding more information from his team – can he defend against FM without running out of fuel?
50/52: FA, SV, MW, LH, FM, NR, SP, NH, MS, JA; retirements: JB, SB, KK, JT, HK
51: MW closing on SV – makes a move on his teammate but has to back out
52 [final lap]: FA right on the tail of LH
Pit-car for MW – team orders instruct him to “maintain the gap”
FM attacking LH – FM past LH – contact – LH fights back – FM runs wide – LH crosses the line ahead of the Ferrari … but there’s bound to be a stewards’ investigation
Provisional result: FA, SV, MW, LH, FM, NR, SP, NH, MS, JA, AS, VP, RB, PM, PD, TG, JD, VL, DC; retirements: JB, SB, KK, JT, HK
Asked whether he thought he may have to visit the stewards following the incident, Hamilton joked: “I’ve got a platinum card for the stewards so I expect to be there.
The McLaren and Sauber teams have both been fined for unsafe pit-stop releases during Sunday’s race at Silverstone.
McLaren were fined €5,000 after a communication error led to Jenson Button leaving his box with no nut on his front-right wheel. The British driver was forced to pull over and retire at the end of the pit lane as a result.
Sauber were given a €20,000 fine after releasing Kamui Kobayashi into the path of a Williams. Stewards also handed Kobayashi a 10-second stop-go penalty during the race for the incident. He later retired with technical issues.
No other penalties were applied, so the final points positions were: FA, SV, MW, LH, FM, NR, SP, NH, MS, JA.
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