British Grand Prix Formula One race report
Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Silverstone.
Formula One teams Santander British Grand Prix race results
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Red Bull Racing
BRITISH GP – RACE
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 4th
“What a day! I don’t think any of us expected it to unfold like this. The start was pretty bad, we have to look into that as we had had a good run of starts recently. Then I had contact with Grosjean and the wing was damaged; the boys did a great job in the stop when they changed it, After that we got into the race. I was praying for a safety car, but not for the reason they were coming, as you knew you could be next. When you have something like that, it’s Russian Roulette; when you see that many tyre issues for the fellow competitors then it’s never comforting. I made the most of those safety cars – and today the strategy was one of the best we’ve done. I think it worked very, very well. I worked hard to manipulate the pace when I had to and then it was Nico and I left at the end. It would have been nice to have had a few more laps, but that’s how it was today. It was nearly a really special day, but it was still a nice day.”
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 3rd
“Obviously it’s quite disappointing to retire when we were only a few laps from the end. We had a gearbox issue, I think fifth gear broke and damaged the rest of the gearbox as well, so it was not possible to carry on. It’s a shame because we were in a good position and it’s a nice race to win here, so yeah I guess we have to come back next year and try again. It’s good that it’s only a short time until the next race.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “Obviously to get within 12 laps of winning the race and have a retirement due to a transmission issue is pretty painful, particularly at this venue, but Sebastian had done everything right today and it was a great shame. For Mark, after a difficult start and being hit at the first corner, he made a great recovery with a good nose change from the guys and his drive from then on was fantastic. He got his head down, charged his way back through the field and came pretty close to claiming the victory, but nonetheless second place was a great performance from him on a big weekend for the team.”
THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “In races like those, sometimes you have no luck and other times you make your own. We seemed to have both cases today. Mark drove a phenomenal race, coming back from down the field, and could have won for a third time at home if the race had been a lap longer. Seb deserved more, but sometimes that happens. We’ve got another race in one week so it’s now back to work to keep the gap we have at the top of both championships.”
British Grand Prix
Silverstone, 30th June 2013
Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
ALONSO 3rd 1:33.06.580 + 7.124 52 1.34.090 50
1st stop Lap 10 New Hard
2nd stop Lap 30 Old Hard
3rd stop Lap 41 Old Medium
MASSA 6th 1:33.14.029 + 14.573 52 1.35.273 51
1st stop Lap 10 New Hard
2ndstop Lap 16 New Hard
3rdstop Lap 36 Old Medium
4th stop Lap 42 Old Medium
Weather: air 22/23 °C, track 32/33 °C. Sunny
Stefano Domenicali: “We came to Silverstone with considerably different expectations in terms of performance to those we demonstrated this weekend and now our main objective is to immediately get an understanding of why we are in this situation. If we want to continue to fight for the championship, it is vital that we improve the car, because in performance terms, our rivals have made a further step forward. Today, the points table matches the target we had set ourselves, which was to reduce the gap before the summer break. Both Fernando and Felipe drove amazing races and the team was able to manage the tyre problems in the best way possible. Now, there is little time to react and we can expect a busy few days in the run up to the German Grand Prix and we must use these days to look ahead, working calmly and steadily to find the answers to the questions that have been thrown up by this weekend”.
Fernando Alonso: “If I’d been told this morning that I would have ended up on the podium, I would not have believed it possible. Yesterday in qualifying, we finished a long way down and our expectations for this race were to aim for a fifth or sixth place, hoping to score as many points as possible. After some negative experiences, today we can say we were lucky on a few occasions, beginning with Perez and then at the first stop with a completely worn out tyre – fortunately at the last corner – and then with Vettel’s retirement. At the end of a difficult weekend, it was unimaginable that we could make up so much ground, but now we must try and improve, starting with the very next race in Germany. Only there will we understand if we have indeed slipped backwards or if this weekend was a one-off. Up until the Canadian Grand Prix we saw a Ferrari capable of fighting for the podium, but one that struggled a bit in qualifying, before then having a great race pace, so now the aim is to get back to that situation. It’s impossible to say what happened to the tyres and that’s something the experts will have to clear up”.
Felipe Massa: “I am very pleased with my race which this time was truly impeccable. After a fantastic start and a perfect first lap, maybe one of the best of my career, I managed to drive an attacking first stint. On lap 10, when I was right in the middle of the corner at Turn 5, my left rear tyre failed and I had to pit. After this forced stop, I found myself last and from then on, I began a great charge up the order, thanks to a lot of very nice passing moves. Without that tyre problem I could have made it to the podium, because today I had a good feeling with the car and both myself and Fernando had shown we could fight with those at the front. Now, our greatest concern revolves around safety, because even if I can’t really tell what happened today, it’s unacceptable having to drive knowing you are not safe. Even if, luckily, nothing serious happened, what we saw is very dangerous. I already had this problem twice before in Bahrain and if something isn’t done about it as soon as possible, I am sure it will happen again. In a few days we will be at the Nürburgring, a track I like a lot and where I hope to have a car that is more competitive in qualifying, so that I can start further forward, which would allow me to have another strong race”.
Pat Fry: “It was a spectacular race, but not an easy one to manage, because the two Safety Car periods and the problems concerning the tyres made the job on the pit wall very complicated. In order to try and prevent any possible tyre failure we made a few changes, aimed mainly at managing the pressures and we tried to give the drivers advice on how to deal with the difficult situation. With Fernando, we were a bit lucky, whereas with Felipe we were not, but we can still take satisfaction from how we read the race, because the performance of both F138s improved compared to what we saw on Friday and Saturday. In the short time we have before the next race in Germany, we will try and work methodically on all aspects that could help us improve our performance, trying to find the right compromise between qualifying and the race, because, as we saw today, the points are only given out on Sunday”.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2013 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX
Silverstone, Sunday June 30
“We were very unlucky today”
- Started 10th
- Finished 13th
- Fastest lap 1m36.356s (+2.955s, 16th)
- Pitstops Two: lap 11 (3.06s) and lap 32 (2.93s) [Pri-Opt-Opt]
- Points 25 (10th)
“I started on the Prime tyre, but that quickly grained and gave me problems early on in the first stint. I was happier on the Option.
“Our pace wasn’t too bad, but the last stint was particularly tough. After the final Safety Car, there wasn’t a lot of tread left on my tyres, so getting them up to temperature was very tricky – we struggle with that anyway.
“Into the closing laps, I was vulnerable. All the cars on fresher tyres were fighting to get past, and as soon as I went offline to defend, it became even more difficult to get temperature back into the tyre.
“For safety reasons, the reasons behind this weekend’s tyre failures need to be addressed. It’s dangerous for the driver of the car, because he can lose control; but it’s also dangerous for the driver of the car behind, because you can get hit by a belt of rubber.
“Hopefully, things can be changed for the next race.
“Finally, I want to say a big ‘thank-you’ to all the fans who have supported us this weekend. Every year, your support seems to grow bigger, and your passion for the sport grows deeper – it has been an honour and a privilege to race in front of such an enthusiastic bunch of people. Your support has truly made my weekend. So, thank you.”
- Started 13th
- Finished Ret – puncture damage
- Fastest lap 1m36.131s (+2.730s, 14th)
- Pitstops Three: lap 13 (2.90s), 33 (3.46s) and 46* (2.93s) [Opt-Pri-Opt-Opt]
- Points 12 (13th)
- * retired at third pitstop
“This was a big shame for the team – we needed this result.
“My race had been going well. I’d been running inside the top 10 for most of the afternoon when my left-rear tyre suddenly exploded. I just felt an explosion along the Hangar Straight – there was nothing I could really do about it.
“The tyres are a big concern. Luckily nothing too serious happened to anyone, but we need to sit down together, get an explanation and get something done.
“Overall, we made a solid improvement through the weekend. We made some useful improvements and showed that our pace is a step forward. Those are all positives to take away.
“We were just very unlucky today.”
MARTIN WHITMARSH Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“This was a character-building weekend for Checo, who, through no fault of his own, had to overcome a number of setbacks on both Saturday and Sunday. He drove fantastically well today, showing the steeliness and resilience that has marked him out as such a popular hard-charger.
“He drove well all afternoon, and was set for a deservedly strong points finish. To end his afternoon with another tyre failure was extremely cruel luck. Nonetheless, I’m pleased with the way he has quickly dealt with the adversity; this weekend will make him an even stronger competitor.
“Jenson was unlucky, too. We opted to keep him out during the final Safety Car period. We knew it was going to be difficult to keep him ahead of all the freshly shod cars behind him, but we were reasonably confident that he could still salvage a good result.
“However, our confidence proved to be misplaced; he was unable to get heat into the tyres for the last sprint to the finish and, as a consequence, was powerless to defend, slipping down the order and out of the points.
“I want to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of fans who have supported Formula 1 through all weathers this weekend. It goes without saying that the British fans are the greatest supporters we have, and their ongoing support for our team, even during a difficult weekend such as this, has been enormously gratifying. The fans have been absolutely fantastic.
“Overall, this has been a difficult weekend for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. However, we’ve learnt some useful lessons, and we’ll be taking them into next weekend’s race in Germany, where we’ll be seeking a better result.”
Lotus F1 Team
Lay it on me
Kimi Räikkönen set a new record for consecutive Grand Prix points placings  by taking fifth position in an eventful British Grand Prix at Silverstone today. The Finn ran as high as second place in a race punctuated by safety car periods and characterised by an unusual amount of tyre failures.
Romain Grosjean had a more difficult race, from which he retired at the end due to a front wing failure. Kimi leaves Silverstone third in the Drivers’ Championship while the team remains fourth in the Constructors’ Championship.
Kimi started from P8 with a used set of medium tyres, changing to new hard tyres on laps 11 and 29.
Romain started from P7 on a used set of medium tyres, changing to new hards on lap 9, scrubbed hards on lap 30 and new mediums on lap 42.
Today was Kimi’s 36th consecutive race finish – 28th consecutive with Lotus F1 Team – and 25th consecutive Grand Prix points finish; the latter statistic meaning he sets a new record
Kimi Räikkönen, P5, E21-03
“We had good pace and looked set for a pretty easy P2, but this is racing sometimes”
“I tried to hold on at the end of the race, but with tyres that were maybe twenty laps older than the others’ it was impossible to keep them behind. It’s a shame as the race went pretty well until then; we had good pace and looked set for a pretty easy P2, but this is racing sometimes. It’s three races now where we haven’t had the result we maybe expect, but hopefully if we can have a bit more luck and also get rid of some of the mistakes we’ll be able to get back to the front.”
Romain Grosjean, DNF, E21-02
“It’s a race I’d rather forget. Let’s go to Germany and have a better weekend”
“Towards the end of the race we lost quite a big part of the front wing meaning it became really difficult to drive, so in the end it was best to retire because of safety considerations. We don’t know if it was caused by some debris or something to do with the fact that it was a new part; we will be working to find out the root of the problem. Before that my race wasn’t going quite to plan and we were suffering with tyre performance. This was related to the front wing issue which started earlier in the race. The safety cars didn’t really go our way either so it’s a race I’d rather forget. Let’s go to Germany and have a better weekend.”
Eric Boullier, Team Principal
“The outcome of the race isn’t rewarding with the amount of work that has been done by the team recently”
“The outcome of the race isn’t rewarding with the amount of work that has been done by the team recently. Most of the upgrades we brought here seem to be working which is a positive sign, although we did struggle a bit in qualifying to generate good grip from the tyres. Our strategy was great today until the last safety car when we should have called Kimi in to save at least one position and make the podium. Unfortunately, we made the wrong call for which we apologise to Kimi and to the team. This sometimes happens and it isn’t easy to manage when you have so many safety car periods. We will be in Germany in a few days’ time where we’re confident we will be competitive and aiming to make amends.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director
“In hindsight, we should have pitted Kimi at the final safety car”
“We have mixed feelings today. We made some good places up during the race but in hindsight, we should have pitted Kimi at the final safety car. It wasn’t obvious at the time, but the benefit of hindsight is always enlightening. Romain had a front wing failure near the end of the race, the cause of which we don’t know yet. We weren’t affected by the tyres issues that we have seen today but warned our drivers to stay clear of the kerb at Turn 4 as there was a suspicion it might be the cause. Despite not being as good as it could have been, it was a better weekend for us than the last two. Further upgrades we have coming for Germany mean we fight on.”
Ricardo Penteado, Renault Sport F1 Team Support Leader
“A positive Grand Prix on our side and we got the most we could from the engine performance. We decided not to run with new units to retain some flexibility for later in the season; this year it’s very unpredictable so we need to keep as many aces up our sleeves as we can. Obviously we would have liked to end up on the podium, particularly after Kimi’s performance, but a top five finish is important with our rivals scoring big this weekend. We’ll try and redress the balance next weekend.”
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Nico Rosberg won an eventful British Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton finishing in fourth place after a battling drive.
Nico took his third career win this afternoon, the 12th for a Mercedes car and the 98th for a Mercedes engine in F1
Lewis led the first eight laps from pole; after a tyre failure, he dropped to last place and then fought back to P4
Both drivers started the race on option tyres and then ran prime tyres for the rest of the race
Nico stopped on laps 12, 34 & 42, the latter stop a precaution owing to a damaged tyre, Lewis pitted on laps 8 & 36
With this afternoon’s result, the team had climbed to second place in the Constructors’ Championship on 171 points
This total, after eight races, exceeds the team’s total points scored in the entire 2012 season (142)
Driver Car No. Chassis No. Result / Fastest Lap
- Nico Rosberg 9 F1 W04 / 03 P1 1:33.351
- Lewis Hamilton 10 F1 W04 / 04 P4 1:34.159
- Weather Warm
- Temperatures Air: 21-22 °C Track: 31-34 °C
This is a great moment for me and our team to win in the home of motor racing at Silverstone. We have such great momentum in our Silver Arrows team and I’m very proud to be part of it. This win is for every single person who has been involved in building our car. It was a shame for Lewis today, and I had also a problem with my tyre but I was lucky because of the Safety Car. It was so special to win today, especially in front of fellow team members and their families as our factory is only ten minutes away from the track. The race was really exciting. I had to manage the tyres really carefully, I was told to avoid the kerbs. At the end, it was difficult to hold Mark and to look after my tyres but I was able to keep the position, and take a great victory for us. Now we can look forward to another home race next weekend at the Nürburgring.
Of course, I’m disappointed by today’s race and I would have loved to deliver the win this afternoon for all the British fans here at Silverstone. The race started so well for us today; I felt comfortable out in front and was managing my pace. The tyre problem was such a shame and from then, it was just a case of giving it my all and battling as far up the field as possible. I had some good overtaking moves and, given another lap, I might have got Fernando and ended up on the podium. Everything considered, fourth place is pretty good after having been last on lap 10 and we’ll take that. It’s a great result for the team today, big congratulations to Nico who came through a tricky situation to take the win for us. We’ve now moved up to second place in the Constructors’ Championship which is a nice reward for everyone at the factories just down the road from here.
It is a very special feeling to win here at Silverstone and especially at the end of such a dramatic afternoon. Nico didn’t put a foot wrong today: he drove extremely well, looked after the tyres like he needed to and was in the perfect place to pick up the pieces when others ran into trouble. It got very tense in the final laps after the second Safety Car period, but Nico showed he had the speed to respond and the composure to bring the car home. It’s his second victory in three races and really deserved. As for Lewis, he showed exactly what he’s made of today. He was driving beautifully at the front of the field and slowing pulling away when he suffered the tyre failure. Then he went from dead last on lap nine to fourth at the finish – and he was lapping incredibly quickly with a damaged car in the final laps. I am sure he will take a lot of encouragement for the rest of the season from the basic pace we showed today. But the biggest praise of all must go to our team. We have worked night and day this year to improve this car, solve our tyre management issues and put ourselves in a position to take the fight to our rivals. Today, we took another big step in the right direction and perhaps we have turned a corner now. It’s extra special to have done it here at Silverstone, in front of our colleagues, family and friends. Congratulations to the entire team.
What a great day for our team. The guys in Brackley and Brixworth have worked so hard in the past weeks and months to deliver this kind of performance, always with the total support and commitment of our board in Stuttgart. Today, we began to deliver on the potential we have shown this year. Both cars were right on the pace all the way through the race and, while we had misfortune with Lewis, we also enjoyed good fortune with the final Safety Car period, which allowed Nico to change a damaged tyre without penalty. Nico drove beautifully and Lewis was full of fight and determination to come from the back of the grid to the edge of the podium. Most of all, this is a win for everybody who has worked so hard at our factories to pull us into contention at the front of the field. In a normal race, on a demanding circuit, we were right there in qualifying and all through the race, which is probably the best news from today. So thank you to Stuttgart, to Brixworth and to Brackley. Now we need to keep pushing because we still have a lot more to achieve this season.
Sauber F1 Team
Sauber F1 Team – Santander British Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 30.06.2013
- Weather: sunny, 21-22°C air, 31-34°C track
The result of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone was influenced by a series of tyre problems, which brought out two safety cars. The Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez also suffered from tyre issues. Nico had to pit early due to a slow puncture, while Esteban had to pit twice due to a tyre problem and ended up P14. Nico managed to make the top-ten and secured one championship point.
Nico Hülkenberg: 10th
- Start on hard tyres, after 12 laps change to hard tyres, after 25 and 37 laps change to medium tyres
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
“The race today was a lot of fun. I hade some good duels and was able to push to the limit. It was fun to drive the car on such a high-speed track like Silverstone. At a point in the race, I lost the overview of what was going on, with the two safety cars and lots of tyre debris on the track. I had a slow puncture during my second stint, which is why we had to pit earlier. I think our speed was what we expected it to be, and overall was better than in qualifying yesterday.”
Esteban Gutiérrez: 14th
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
- Start on hard tyres, after 10 and 27 laps change to medium tyres, after 29 laps change to hard tyres, after 40 laps change to medium tyres
“It was a crazy race, because a lot of things happened and I just tried to focus and make the best out of the situation. I had to pit because of a problem with my front left tyre. This also damaged my front wing, which forced me to pit again two laps later. This is something that needs to be looked into for safety reasons and also to avoid having a race that is defined by the tyres. The car was still a bit tricky to drive in the slow corners, but overall it was ok.”
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“A hard earned point. Nico did a good job and was unfortunately slowed down by a tyre issue. Esteban dropped back due to two unplanned pit stops, also to tyre problems. At the moment we cannot expect any miracles from the car, but this result will lift the team spirit.”
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“This must have been one oft the busiest days at the pit wall for quite some time. We had a slow puncture on Nico’s car and a left front tyre problem on Esteban’s car, and both those resulted in the strategy being compromised. Esteban had to pit again two laps later, because his front wing had been damaged previously. However, from a very difficult situation Nico was able to get into P10, which gave us a very useful point.”
Sahara Force India F1 Team
2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, Race Report
Sahara Force India picked up eight world championship points as Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta delivered strong race performances to finish in seventh and ninth places respectively in today’s British Grand Prix.
P7 Adrian Sutil VJM06-03
Tyre strategy: Used medium, used medium, new hard
Adrian: “The start of the race was looking very good because we were always planning a two-stop strategy and I was up into fourth on lap one. It was a challenge to look after the tyres and keep them going, but the main problem for me was the second safety car because the cars around me chose to pit. I stayed out and was third at the restart, but the cars behind with fresh rubber had a big advantage and were able to overtake me quite easily in the final few laps. It’s disappointing to slip back so close to the finish, but seventh place gives us some good points so we can be happy with the result.”
P9 Paul Di Resta VJM06-04
Tyre strategy: New hard, used medium, used medium, new hard
Paul: “That wasn’t the cleanest of races for me, but given everything that’s happened this weekend I think we can feel satisfied with two points today. It was a bit of a scruffy race because I lost my front wing trying to get ahead of Nico [Hulkenberg], so we chose to change it when the safety car came out, which probably cost me a couple of positions. Towards the end of the race I had fresh tyres, and was closing in on Ricciardo, but I ran out of laps and he was just out of reach. So a weekend of highs and lows, but it’s definitely good to continue our points run and have another double points finish for the team.”
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director
“Before the race we set the target of getting two cars home in the points, so I’m pleased that we managed to achieve this objective. It means we’ve scored points at the last six events. Adrian’s race was very strong and for a while it looked like we might be challenging for a podium. However, the two safety car periods kept the pack close together and limited the benefits of his two-stop strategy. Paul’s race was very busy, but once again he battled his way through to the points and showed the speed of the car. With eight points scored today we continue to strengthen our hold on fifth place in the championship and head to Germany determined to keep the momentum going.”
British GP Race
• Pastor Maldonado finished 11th with Valtteri Bottas 12th in today’s British Grand Prix.
• In an eventful race, which included two safety car periods, both drivers made a two-stop strategy work to finish just outside the points from P15 and P16.
• The team will be looking to build on its best result of the season as we enter our 600th race in Germany next weekend.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: It was a tough race but both drivers did a good job for us today and deserved some points. Valtteri did well to overtake Button on the last lap for P12, and Pastor almost finished inside the top ten but lost two positions at the second safety car restart. Bothe drivers managed their tyres well and overall made up a number of places from where they started on the grid. Thank you to all the Williams employees, our partners and fans who came out to support us on home soil today.
Pastor Maldonado: It was a difficult race but our pace was consistent. We weren’t quick enough but I was happy with the balance of the car and we had no problems with our tyres. I am looking forward to continuing to improve, particularly in qualifying. We were close to scoring our first point today, but before the second restart I was on the inside when Hulkenberg went off the track and he made contact with me when he rejoined, which cost me two positions.
Valtteri Bottas: It wasn’t an easy race for me because the car was quite difficult to handle. We didn’t have the best set-up for qualifying and the race, and we also lost some time in the pit stops, so we need to improve in all areas moving forward. Points were certainly possible today but unfortunately we just missed out.
Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader: Eleventh and 12th is our best finish so far this year, but I know the team would like to have scored points on home ground. While we would have hoped to finish on the right side of the top ten, it’s a big improvement on our starting positions.
Scuderia Toro Rosso
2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 30/06/2013
Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-04)
- Position: 8th
“That was a chaotic race, but for most of it I was in a reasonably strong position. I didn’t get the best of starts, but managed to make up for that, however I then lost a bit of time at both pit stops. Towards the end of the race, I had a very good pace but I think we might have done better with a different strategy when the last Safety Car came out as prior to that I could match the Force India and the Ferraris. At the end we were on used tyres and those who changed for a third time were able to pass me. Eighth is a good result, but I see it as a missed opportunity to score more points, because today we were quicker than the Ferraris so to finish behind them, particularly Massa who had a tyre problem, is a bit disappointing. I don’t know what was happening with the tyres, as I kept seeing people going off the track and there was debris everywhere. It was a little bit dangerous and we need to look into it. For my part, I just had normal degradation.”
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
- Position: DNF
“I got a bad start and that’s something we must look at carefully, as it compromised our performance. But it would not have made a big difference today, because of the problem I had when my tyre failed. I don’t know what happened, I did not feel any warning signs and it just let go under braking. I did manage to come back to the pits, fit new tyres and go out again, but the team immediately told me I had quite significant damage to the car, which in any case I could feel. The car was very difficult to drive from then on and in the end, the team took the decision to retire me, as there was no sense in carrying on. I did not feel in danger, but it’s just a shame that this sort of problem can waste a whole weekend’s work for the team. I am very upset about it and something needs to be done about it soon. So, from a results point of view, this is a race to forget, but I believe we showed the car was very quick and we can be in the fight in the coming races.”
Franz Tost: “We had been hoping for better this afternoon. Both cars had poor starts which we need to investigate. After that, Jean-Eric had the tyre problem fortunately, not too far from the pit lane entry, but as a result of that, his car was badly damaged and eventually we decided to retire him because of that. As for Daniel, we had three issues: he lost time at the first pit stop when we struggled to get one wheel off the car and that lost him track position, then at the second stop, we had to delay his release as another car was coming in, again losing about three seconds. Finally, with the last Safety Car we had a difficult choice to make, as his tyres were old and we did not have others that were particularly new to put on, but the guys behind did pit for newer tyres and inevitably they managed to get past. On the positive side, we can be pleased that in performance terms, the car has clearly continued to improve and now we only have a few days to wait before we can try and turn that improvement into a more significant number of points at the Nurburgring.”
2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
Silverstone, UK – 28th June 2013
Race: Sunny, windy, air temp 21° / track temp 32° (start), 21° / 31° (lap 26), 22° / 34° (lap x)
Start on hard tyres
Lap 15: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 34: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Fastest lap: 1.37.091 (lap 52)
Giedo van der Garde
Start on hard tyres
Lap 10: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 28: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Lap 40: pitstop 3, medium tyres
Fastest lap: 1.38.722 (lap 50)
Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “I think that was a pretty good race, I’m pleased with how it went. We were managing the tyre deg for most of the afternoon but just before the last safety car came out I was ahead of Bottas and looking at an exciting last few laps. We finally ended up 15th which is not too bad, and we were comfortably ahead of our nearest competitors so it’s a reasonably positive result, despite losing a lot of the gains we’d made when the second safety car came out.
“For me this has been a good weekend, one where we’ve started to get a bit back to the performance levels we saw in Bahrain and Spain. The pitstops were good, we ran to a strategy that gave me a chance to fight the Williams cars until the flag and we have a lot more information about the updates we brought here, both from today and the aero work we did yesterday. Overall this puts us in a much better position than we were in when we left Canada so now we’ll go straight to Germany and aim to continue this upward curve there.”
Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4: “That was a bit of a frustrating afternoon to be honest, but there wasn’t much more I could do. We started the race running with a strategy we’d begun yesterday in FP3 and in quali which was all about managing the tyre deg as long as possible so we could take advantage of anything that happened ahead. The plan was running ok and we were on target for managing the deg levels but then the first safety car came out and as we’d already boxed we effectively lost track time to everyone who hadn’t stopped. With the position we were in then in the race there wasn’t a lot more we could do so we continued with the plan and it was working ok for the last stint, but then we had the second safety car straight after I’d stopped again so it was back to where we’d been at the start.
“As we only had a few laps left and I was on new mediums I was able to push to the flag and had a good battle with Chilton right until we crossed the line, practically together. I did pass him with a couple of laps left, but it was very tight on track and I had to give the place back which is obviously a shame, but we had a clean fight and without the safety cars I think I’d have been clear of him.
“Even though we went into this weekend knowing we had a fight on our hands I think we’ve made a bit of progress, getting us nearer to where we want to be relative to our nearest rivals. Next it’s Germany on a track I like racing on and, coming straight after Silverstone, we can keep pushing on. That’s what this season’s all about, keep learning, keep fighting and never give up.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “I’m certainly happier leaving our second home race of the season than I was when we left Montreal, but we must work continue to work, harder than ever. Seeing Charles towards the end of the race with clear air between him and the Marussia behind, and targeting a fight with Bottas and Gutierrez is a sign that we’re getting back to the performance level we are targeting for this season. However, it is quite frustrating that with such an eventful race we weren’t able to use this as an opportunity to record a more positive result.
“After a couple of particularly frustrating races with the repeated DNFs and the low point of Montreal, I see this weekend as a restart of the season. The team is now fully operational, between the track and the factory, between the drivers and the engineers, with our technical partners, to make the most out of the package available. We all feel that there is more performance to get out of it, and we must now switch to attack mode to see what we can deliver at tracks that are more suited to the characteristics of our car.”
Marussia F1 Team
TWO CARS HOME
- 2013 Formula 1™ Santander British Grand Prix – The Race
- Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, UK
- Sunday 30 June 2013
- BIANCHI MR02-02 P16 1:37.978
- CHILTON MR02-03 P17 1:39.156
The Marussia F1 Team’s Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton ended the Team’s home race at Silverstone in 16th and 17th positions respectively after a testing British Grand Prix in general. Neither Jules’ nor Max’s race was blighted by the tyre issues which affected a number of other drivers, however the Team was unable to extract the maximum from the cars today.
Nonetheless, the Team achieved a further two-car finish to add to its impressive tally, which elevates it in the reliability stakes.
Jules Bianchi #22
“Generally a difficult race, which began with quite a bad start. After that I just had to follow Charles, but it was a fight to stay with him as the Caterham was a bit stronger today. We decided to pit early but then the first safety car period followed and so that didn’t work out for us. For the rest of the race it was the same story until the last safety car, which could have been another opportunity to get past, but although the gap was narrow we were unable to get by. It has not been a straightforward weekend and we have just a couple of days to get to grips with that before we head to Germany, where we hope for better things.”
Max Chilton #23
“Today has been a day that I will never forget. I was really psyched on the grid and got a great start, which helped. I got past Jules and Pic at the start, they passed again and then I took back position and we had a really close tussle for the first few laps. They just had a little bit better pace for a few laps and I dropped behind Van Der Garde. I got passed him again right towards the end and we would have been fine but then the safety car came out and he had just pitted, so that worked out really well for him. He had the final 10 laps on new tyres and I was on old tyres, so we had a great fight, but I managed to keep him behind me at the end. All in all, an eventful weekend with so many experiences to take away with me.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“We came into today with fantastic weather for our home event, which was great news for the fans. The strategy for this race was always going to be difficult as, similar to Canada, we saw a big shift in track conditions between the long runs we completed on Friday and the race. Overall I think we handled both tyres well. The engineers and pit crew worked well together today to execute pretty much the plan that we intended to start the race with, but unfortunately we lacked the pace to be able to allow Jules to challenge Pic. Max had a race-long battle at various stages with Giedo but ultimately came out on top, which is great news for him considering he was quite disappointed after qualifying yesterday. Overall we are slightly disappointed that we have slipped back a little, but already we have some good ideas on how we can make immediate improvements to the set-up for Germany to put us right back where we have been.”
2013 British Grand Prix – Race
TYRE FAILURES TO BE CLOSELY EXAMINED
NEW BONDING PROCESS NOT AT FAULT
Nico Rosberg has given Mercedes its first victory in the British Grand Prix since 1955 with first place at Silverstone.
The were a number of rear-left tyre failures during the race, which affected Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) and Sergio Perez (McLaren). Pirelli engineers will investigate closely the cause of the failures ahead of next week’s German Grand Prix.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “There have obviously been some issues with rear-left tyre failures which we have not seen before. We are taking the situation very seriously and we are currently investigating all tyres to determine the cause as soon as possible, ahead of the next Grand Prix in Germany. At the moment, we can’t really say much more until we have fully investigated and analysed all of these incidents, which is our top priority. However, we can exclude that the new bonding process, which we introduced at this race, is at cause for the tyre failures we have seen today. There might be some aspect to this circuit that impacts specifically on the latest version of our 2013 specification tyres but at this point we do not want to speculate but will now put together all the evidence to find out what happened and then take appropriate next steps should these be required.”
Fastest times of the day by compound:
|First||WEB – 1.33.401||ROS – 1.33.531||N/A||N/A|
|Second||ALO – 1.34.090||HAM – 1.34.159||N/A||N/A|
|Third||MAS – 1.35.273||ALO – 1.34.386||N/A||N/A|
Longest stint of the race:
|Hard||28 laps (Hamilton)|
|Medium||24 laps (Di Resta)|
Please find the complete pit stop summary in the attached document.
2013 British Grand Prix – Starting tyre line-up
At the 2013 British Grand Prix the drivers started on the following tyres:
|Van der Garde||Hard|
Renault Sport F1
MARK’S FINAL BRITISH GRAND PRIX COMPLETES AN IMPRESSIVE TALLY OF TWO WINS, TWO SECONDS AND A THIRD PLACE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS
This year’s British Grand Prix will always be memorable for Mark, following his retirement announcement on Thursday, but it almost became unforgettable on Sunday afternoon. He came to within 0.7s of winning the race, despite dropping to 15th place on the opening lap.
“I don’t know what happened at the start,” said Mark. “We’ve been really good away from the line in the last few races, but when the lights went out I went backwards today. I haven’t got a clue why that happened and the situation was made worse by contact with [Romain] Grosjean at the first corner, which damaged the front wing and dropped me way down the order.”
A mix of good strategy from the team and a brilliantly tenacious drive from Mark saw him climb steadily up the order throughout the race. He was back into the top 10 by lap eight and he benefited from several Safety Car periods to be within striking distance of the lead with 10 laps to go.
“It was one of the best strategies we’ve done,” says Mark. “But there’s no doubt we were helped by the Safety Cars. I was praying for a Safety Car, but no-one wants them for the reasons that they were occurring. When you have tyre failures like that, you know you could be next and that you’re playing Russian Roulette. But I still made the best of the Safety Cars and when the race went green for the final time I was lying fifth and ready to challenge the cars in front.”
Mark quickly got ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Adrian Sutil and Kimi Raikkonen and with five laps to go he was lying second and hunting down race leader Nico Rosberg. He set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap and crossed the line just 0.7s behind – to score his fifth consecutive podium finish at Silverstone.
“With 10 laps to go, when you can see the win in sight, you have mixed feelings about finishing 0.7s behind the race winner. But Nico also drove well; he deserved the win and Mercedes are clearing making progress. They’ve always had a quick car in qualifying and they now have good race pace too.
“But, overall, I’m still happy with my weekend. I was happy with my performance and you should never take finishing high up for granted. I enjoyed racing in front of the British fans – they’ve always given me a lot of support over the years and it’s always been a real highlight to race at Silverstone.”
Living in England, Mark will be able to get home early after the race and enjoy what was the hottest day of the year in England. “I’ll chill-out this evening,” says Mark, “and I might even enjoy a glass of red wine. I’ll have time to reflect on a good weekend.”
With the German Grand Prix taking place next weekend, Mark will have to turn his attention to the Nurburgring – scene of his first grand prix victory in 2009 – shortly.
“I’m very much looking forward to the next race,” says Mark. “I like the Nurburgring; it’s a very technical circuit, but one that’s satisfying to drive when you get it right. Mercedes are going to be strong there, but so should we. It should be another exciting weekend.”