Well what a race weekend we had Ferrari seemed really back on form and it looks like Alonso could of won without the unusual slip up in the pits from Red Bull who finished 2nd and 3rd. Although once again in Silverstone team favouritism at Red Bull reared its ugly head with Webber being told not to overtake Vettel in the closing stages. However the Austrialian has publically stated he ignored the request and went for the overtake, which makes one wonder how long he will be racing for the bull. This has smacks of Austria 2002 about it where Ferrari ordered Reubens to allow Michael Schumacher through despite his huge points gap.
Last year Ferrari allowed Alonso through in a similar manner, which despite being illegal (which this was not) set the Championship alive as Alonso was really struggling for points and Massa was effectivly out of the Championship.
It was a torrid weekend for McLaren at their home race, the British team probably enjoy the largest home support with their all British, all Word Champion driver line up. Lewis battled to 4th place (to the line) while the wheels literally came off for Jenson.
Paul di Resta had an immense qualifying underlining his talent, but another mix up in the pits underlined a bad day for the home team.
Roll on Deustchland.
This weekend sees the F1 circus return home to were it all began in 1950 to Silverstone, home of the first ever World Championship race. This weekend see’s the off-throttle ban of the blown diffusers essentially neutralising their benefit. Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey has admitted to the BBC he is baffled that the ban has suddenly come in and he is worried as Red Bull designed their car around the exhaust design.
Teams like Merecedes and McLaren have had different non-blown exhaust designs on their car already this year and could see an increase in pace this race as they know how to set up their cars. The biggest issue facing the teams will be the weather along with the change in rules. The weather over Britain this weekend is expected to be very poor, with Scotland having some extreme weather warnings.
This evening in a shock announcement Red Bull / Torro Rosso 3rd driver Daniel Ricciardo will be racing in Silverstone next weekend (not a massive shock as the drinks giant owns 4 seats in F1 and has run the man in free practice this year). However the big surprise is he will be racing for HRT in place of Karthikeyan (apart from the Indian GP), so Red Bull has bought a 5th seat in addition to running two teams! The practice has always been a bit mad since Torro Rosso have to build their own car now, it would be significantly cheaper to pay drivers into seats.
One would assume cash strapped HRT have jumped at the change to replace the Indian with the fizzy drinks new super kid thanks to a heathly wad of cash. Karthikeyan has raced for many of Kolles teams but has been massivly out performed by Luizzi this year. Now the team will boast a very exciting line-up as they try to secure 11th place for the second year in a row.
Also rumours are abound this eve that this could signal Mark Webber going to Ferrari and also that Kolles is going to Williams as his choice of driver has been sidelined for cash. Unless the drive was going very cheap its odd that Red Bull would not of replaced either of the two Torro Rosso drivers.
So qualifying this morning proved that McLaren’s radical design really has paid off. After shelving their ambitious blown diffuser plans (for now) and the new upgrade remaining with the titanium diffuser (IE still not optimized) from the last race. Obviously Jenson and Lewis are more aquainted with the car and how to set it up and therefore qualifying was close between the two teams.