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The 2010 British Grand Prix, formally known as the LXIII Santander British Grand Prix, was the tenth round of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on 11 July 2010.[1][2] The race, which was staged on an extended version of the Silverstone Circuit, would see Mark Webber sweep to victory for Red Bull-Renault.[2]

The future of the British Grand Prix had hung in the air for almost two years, after Silverstone refused to pay the increasing costs of hosting a Grand Prix.[3] Donington Park would subsequently secure a deal with Bernie Ecclestone to host the British Grand Prix in 2010, although Donington's owner would enter administration in late 2009 and leave the British Grand Prix without a host.[4]

With no alternative Ecclestone and FOM reopened negotiations with Silverstone, and duly signed a huge 17 year contract with the BRDC.[5] As a result the BRDC would invest heavily in the circuit, constructing a new pit-complex at Club, although that was not ready for the 2010 race, as well as a new section of track between Abbey and Brooklands.[6]

Qualifying had seen Red Bull throw a spanner into the relationship between their drivers, having taken a new front wing off of Webber's car to put on Sebastian Vettel's car, after the young German's wing had been damaged.[2] Vettel duly claimed pole position ahead of Webber, who was visibly upset by the decision, while Fernando Alonso beat home hero Lewis Hamilton to third.[2]

The start of the race would see some aggressive driving from both of the Red Bulls, as Vettel lunged across to deny Webber a run into Copse, only for the Australian racer to elbow his way inside.[2] Webber duly secured the lead while Hamilton tried to take advantage, resulting in contact between himself and Vettel that sent the #5 Red Bull skating wide with a puncture.[2]

Elsewhere, contact in the new complex would send Felipe Massa limping back to the pits with a puncture, while Lucas di Grassi retired with a hydraulics failure.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Webber would keep Hamilton at arm's length for the rest of the opening tour, while Jenson Button had made up a lot of ground after his poor performance in qualifying.[2]

The first stint would remain calm after that, with the field running largely in a procession before the first round of stops.[2] In that period Webber would extend his lead over Hamilton, while Button gained a further handful of spots having stroked out an extra four laps from his soft Bridgestone tyres.[2]

With that the race would settle down at the head of the field, although Alonso was slapped with a questionable penalty for passing Robert Kubica off-track, despite having been forced off by the Polish racer.[2] Elsewhere, Adrian Sutil and Pedro de la Rosa came to blows in the midfield, resulting in the BMW Sauber-Ferrari's rear wing falling apart on the hangar straight.[2]

That debris would spark a Safety Car, denying Alonso the chance to serve his penalty, despite the fact that Kubica had retired during the investigation and Ferrari's subsequent appeal.[2] He hence plummeted to the back of the field when he served his penalty after the restart, leaving Webber in the lead ahead of Hamilton, while Button was glued to Nico Rosberg's tail.[2]

The rest of the afternoon was spent watching the progress of Vettel, whom had been allowed to catch the back of the field as a result of the SC, having been on the verge of being lapped just before.[2] He duly carved his way back up to the points, before finding a very stubborn Sutil holding seventh, a battle that would last until the final lap.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Webber would maintain a narrow lead to claim victory, prompting his infamous quip "not bad for a number two driver. Cheers."[2] Hamilton was next ahead of Rosberg to complete the podium, with Button, Rubens Barrichello, Kamui Kobayashi, Vettel, Sutil, Michael Schumacher and Nico Hülkenberg claiming the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Lewis Hamilton had extended his Championship lead as a result of the season's second trip to Spain, leaving Valencia with 127 points to his credit. He therefore inched six further ahead of teammate Jenson Button in second, while Sebastian Vettel had shot up to third with 115 point after his win. Mark Webber had slipped to fourth after his spectacular exit in Valenica, while Fernando Alonso completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had moved onto 248 points after their fourth double podium of the campaign, establishing a 30 point lead. Red Bull-Renault were their closest challengers after nine rounds, on 218 points, while Ferrari had slipped 83 points behind in third. Mercedes were next ahead of Renault, as none of the new constructors managed to score once again.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2010 British Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
20 India Karun Chandhok Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
15 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
18 Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Source:[7]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2010 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 1 1:30.841 2 1:30.480 1 1:29.615 1
2 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:30.858 1 1:30.114 2 1:29.758 2
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 3 1:30.997 3 1:30.700 3 1:30.426 3
4 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:31.297 7 1:31.118 4 1:30.556 4
5 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 10 1:31.626 6 1:31.085 5 1:30.625 5
6 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 12 1:31.680 10 1:31.344 6 1:31.040 6
7 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 6 1:31.313 4 1:31.010 7 1:31.175 7
8 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 7 1:31.424 8 1:31.126 8 1:31.175 8
9 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 9 1:31.533 9 1:31.327 9 1:31.274 9
10 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 15 1:32.058 5 1:31.022 10 1:31.430 10
11 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 4 1:31.109 11 1:31.399 11
12 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 13 1:31.851 12 1:31.635 12
13 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 16 1:32.144 13 1:31.635 13
14 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:31.435 14 1:31.699 14
15* 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 17 1:32.226 15 1:31.708 20
16 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 11 1:31.638 16 1:31.796 15
17 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 1:32.226 17 1:31.708 16
18 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1:32.430 17
19 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 19 1:34.405 18
20 24 Germany Timo Glock Malaysia Virgin-Cosworth 20 1:34.775 19
21 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 21 1:34.864 21
22 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Malaysia Virgin-Cosworth 22 1:35.212 22
23 20 India Karun Chandhok Spain HRT-Cosworth 23 1:36.576 23
24 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain HRT-Cosworth 24 1:36.968 24
Source:[8]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Liuzzi was handed a five place grid penalty for impeding Hülkenberg during Q2.[8]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Sebastian Vettel 2
______________ Mark Webber
Row 2 3 ______________
Fernando Alonso 4
______________ Lewis Hamilton
Row 3 5 ______________
Nico Rosberg 6
______________ Robert Kubica
Row 4 7 ______________
Felipe Massa 8
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 5 9 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 10
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 6 11 ______________
Adrian Sutil 12
______________ Kamui Kobayashi
Row 7 13 ______________
Nico Hülkenberg 14
______________ Jenson Button
Row 8 15 ______________
Vitaly Petrov 16
______________ Sébastien Buemi
Row 9 17 ______________
Jaime Alguersuari 18
______________ Heikki Kovalainen
Row 10 19 ______________
Timo Glock 20
______________ Vitantonio Liuzzi
Row 11 21 ______________
Jarno Trulli 22
______________ Lucas di Grassi
Row 12 23 ______________
Karun Chandhok 24
______________ Sakon Yamamoto

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2010 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 52 1:24:38.200 2 25
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 +1.360s 4 18
3 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 52 +21.307s 5 15
4 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 +21.986s 14 12
5 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 52 +31.456s 8 10
6 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 52 +32.171s 12 8
7 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 52 +36.734s 1 6
8 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 52 +40.932s 11 4
9 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 52 +41.599s 10 2
10 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 52 +42.012s 13 1
11 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 52 +42.459s 20
12 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +47.627s 16
13 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 52 +59.374s 15
14 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 52 +1:02.385 3
15 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 52 +1:07.489 7
16 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 51 +1 Lap 21
17 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 51 +1 Lap 18
18 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 50 +2 Laps 19
19 20 India Karun Chandhok Spain HRT-Cosworth 50 +2 Laps 23
20 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain HRT-Cosworth 50 +2 Laps 24
Ret 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 Brakes 17
Ret 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 29 Damage 9
Ret 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 19 Driveshaft 6
Ret 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 9 Hydraulics 22
Source:[9]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Lewis Hamilton had seen his Championship lead grow for a second time, as it once again doubled for the second time in two races. He hence left his home race heading a British one-two, twelve ahead of teammate Jenson Button, while Mark Webber was a further five behind in third. Sebastian Vettel was next, seven off the back of his teammate, while Fernando Alonso was fifth on 98 points.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had seen their advantage slightly reduced after their home race, heading into the second half of the season with 278 points. Red Bull-Renault were next, 29 points behind the leaders, while Ferrari had slipped 113 points off the lead in third. Mercedes were next ahead of Renault, while Toro Rosso-Ferrari had slipped to the bottom of the scorers list in ninth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 145
2 United Kingdom Jenson Button 133
3 Australia Mark Webber 128 ▲1
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 121 ▼1
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 98
6 Germany Nico Rosberg 90 ▲1
7 Poland Robert Kubica 83 ▼1
8 Brazil Felipe Massa 67
9 Germany Michael Schumacher 36
10 Germany Adrian Sutil 35
11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 29
12 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 15 ▲1
13 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 12 ▼1
14 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 7
15 Russia Vitaly Petrov 6
16 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 3
17 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 278
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 249
3 Italy Ferrari 165
4 Germany Mercedes 126
5 France Renault 89
6 India Force India-Mercedes 47
7 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 31
8 Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 15 ▲1
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 Craig Llewellyn, 'Webber's revenge in Silverstone spectacle', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 11/07/2010), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/161499/1/silverstone-win-adds-to-red-bulls-tangled-web, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
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