After a crazy weekend at Silverstone for the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, it looks like Red Bull gave Mark Webber the wings he needed to pull off a fantastic victory from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and his teammate, Sebastian Vettel. What began as a rain soaked race weekend turned out to be a spectacular race day on Sunday and all eyes were on the Ferraris to repeat their performance from last year… not to mention home town favorites McLaren. But in the end, the team from Milton Keyes took the win with a well controlled and fast paced drive.
Alonso started off on the hard compound tires (along with Lewis Hamilton) unlike the rest of the pack who started the race on Intermediate tires, but was able to maintain his lead from Pole position for most of the race. In the end, Mark Webber managed to get past Alonso only on the 48th lap (out of 52), when Alonso’s tires started fading away. Webber’s teammate Sebastian Vettel tried to close the gap between his car and Alonso’s Ferrari but was unable to do so and finished the race in 3rd position. Felipe Massa looked like he got his mojo back and drove a great race to finish in 4th place just a hair ahead of the flying Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. Special mention goes out to Grosjean who probably drove the best race of all the drivers and started in 18th position and finished in 6th position. Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher fell down a couple of spots from his starting position to finish in 7th position followed by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in 8th spot. Bruno Senna and Jenson Button rounded up the top 10 with seemingly lack luster performances.
Kamui Kobayashi took 11th after a strong race, which unfortunately was marred when he hit three mechanics when he slightly overshot his pit spot during his second stop. Thankfully no one was seriously injured, but the stewards fined the Japanese driver 25,000 Euro. Pastor Maldonado had yet another altercation during the race, this time it was with Sergio Perez when he drove into the his car as they were racing side by side. They both spun, but Perez was unable to continue thanks to suspension damage. The stewards subsequently reprimanded Maldonado and fined him 10,000 Euro for causing a collision. Here are the complete results of the race.
Webber’s win moves him to the second place in the Drivers championship with 116 points, trailing Alonso who still leads with 129 points. Behind them, Vettel is now third with 100 from Hamilton with 92 and Raikkonen with 83. Here are the complete standings.
Red Bull extended their lead in the Constructors’ championship with 216 points, with both Ferrari and Lotus, with 152 and 144, moving ahead of McLaren with 142.
The season now heads to Hockenheimring for the Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland 2012 (German Grand Prix) to be held from July 20th to the 22nd.