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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Vettel dominates British Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel took his second victory of the season, heading a Red Bull 1-2 at Silverstone and reminding the world this championship is far from over.

F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Race


There was never a doubt as Vettel dusted Rubens Barrichello off at the start and sped off into the lead. Teammate Mark Webber dispatched Barrichello in the first round of pit stops, and barring mechanical difficulties Red Bull looked sure to deliver on the promise it had shown all weekend.

Barrichello took third in the lead Brawn. Championship leader Jenson Button provided some of the best action in the closing stages of the race. The Briton, after suffering a start that saw him drop back to ninth, battled back to put pressure on Nico Rosberg for fifth. For a few moments, even fourth place Felipe Massa looked to be vulnerable.

In the end, Button would settle for sixth, his starting position, and valuable points. Massa and Rosberg finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Last year's winner, Lewis Hamilton, had a race to forget, one lap down in 16th, but that didn’t stop him from thrilling the fans with some donuts after the race.

Only two retirements, both as a result of the same incident, when Sebastien Bourdais made contact with Heikki Kovalainen in an attempt to overtake at Abbey.

So, on to Germany. A difficult weekend for Button, but he only lost three points to teammate Barrichello, second in the championship. Silverstone suited the Red Bull, but the real question is whether the team have taken a real step forward. If so, the second half should prove a real humdinger.

Provisional results (60 laps)
  1. Sebastian Vettel, RedBull-Renault
  2. Mark Webber, RedBull-Renault
  3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes
  4. Felipe Massa, Ferrari
  5. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota
  6. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes
  7. Jarno Trulli, Toyota
  8. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
  9. Timo Glock, Toyota
  10. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes
  11. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams - Toyota
  12. Nelson Piquet, Renault 1 lap
  13. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber 1 lap
  14. Fernando Alonso, Renault 1 lap
  15. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber 1 lap
  16. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren - Mercedes 1 lap
  17. Adrian Sutil, Force India - Mercedes 1 lap
  18. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1 lap
  • Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso - Ferrari 23 laps
  • Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren - Mercedes 24 laps


GP2

Alberto Valerio took his first victory in race one yesterday, ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Nico H├╝lkenberg. In race 2, Pastor Maldonado won his second of the season, going wire to wire. Andreas Zuber and Karun Chandhok rounded out the podium.

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