2011 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - Race Report - Alonso Wins, Rosberg finishes 6th and Schumacher 9th
Alonso won his first race this year in his Ferrari. It was a special victory for the team, They won their first race here 60 years ago. Alonso capitalized on a botched pit stop which saw him pass Vettel, who was the race leader. Vettel finished second after Team Red Bull told Webber, who came in third to back off, which prevented him from passing Vettel for second place. Hamilton came in third mear inches ahead of Massa. Rosberg finished 6th after dropping to 12th place at the start, who had a relatively quiet race. Schumacher, who started 13th, worked his way up to 9th place, On lap 9 he made contact with Kobayashi after trying to pass him and lost his front wing. After getting a new wing and swapping to dry soft tires, he climbed back up to 7th place, but then was slapped with a 10 sec stop and go penalty for his collision earlier. Schumi ended up finishing the race in 9th place.
Here's a run down of what the team had to say
Nico Rosberg, 6th place:
Nico was quite pleased with his result: “First of all because in qualifying we had the potential to be in the top five, and secondly we had a really good strategy in the race. My start was not good, so being able to eventually finish in sixth place is a nice result for us.
And hopefully it's the start of an upward trend, before our next home race in Germany, so I'm looking forward to confirming our performance at the Nürburgring. In the next few days, we will analyse the whole weekend with our new developments on the car, and will work hard on improving it even further.
Michael Schumacher, 9th place:
My result today is a bit of a shame, and of course I am not happy about it. I think fifth or even fourth place would not have been out of question today thanks to the superb job the guys back in Brackley and Brixworth have done. I would so much have wished to bring them some decent points this evening when we go back to the factory for a BBQ with their families.
But unfortunately, and due to my fault, I cannot. Having used DRS for the first time in the race, I was arriving at the corner with over-run. Underestimating the effect, my braking was not good and this is how the collision happened. It was right to get a penalty but why it had to be a stop-go, and not a drive-through penalty, I would like to understand better as I felt it was too hard. Anyway, the good thing is that step-by-step, the hard work of our team is paying off more and more, and this is a good feeling heading towards our next home race.
After starting ninth and 13th respectively, Nico and Michael made was a good progress up the field. They had mixed fortunes at the start - Michael gained four positions, while Nico dropped three places as he lost out in the first few corners. Michael's race was obviously spoiled by his collision and it carried a double penalty, as he did a slow lap to the pits and then had the stop-go penalty. However, after that he drove very well and climbed back from as low as 17th to score two points.
Nico's race was more straightforward, but we set him a real challenge asking him to go the end of the race from lap 30, and he did an extremely solid job to achieve that. This was the first race for this car specification, with new exhaust outlets and aerodynamic developments, and we had only an hour of dry running, mainly with one car, before qualifying. With that in mind, we can be encouraged by our performance today. One of our previous difficulties had been making the tyres last properly, but both drivers managed to run over 115km on a set of options this afternoon, which suggests we have made some good progress in this area.
Nico lost three places on lap one whereas Michael gained four. Taking into consideration that Nico completed the first lap in 12th, sixth place is a respectable result. We showed today that we could handle the tyres during a two-stop strategy, when most of the top ten finishers chose three stops. Michael had an eventful race, touching Kobayashi's Sauber in the early stages, which forced him into the pits early for a nose change, and some laps later, a stop-go penalty. He then dropped back to 17th, so his recovery to ninth place was impressive. Well done to our team at one of our home races. We all will work very hard to further improve our package for our next home race at the Nürburgring in a fortnight.
Full Race Results:
1 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari
2 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull
3 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull
4 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren
5 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari
6 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes-Benz
7 S Perez (MEX) Sauber
8 N Heidfeld (GER) Renault
9 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes-Benz
10 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso
11 A Sutil (GER) Force India
12 V Petrov (RUS) Renault
13 RG Barrichello (BRA) Williams
14 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams
15 P di Resta (GBR) Force India
16 T Glock (GER) Virgin
17 J d'Ambrosio (BEL) Virgin
18 V Liuzzi (ITA) HRT
19 D Ricciardo (AUS) HRT