Webber takes British Grand Prix with late pass…

Did we see this afternoon the first round in the fight for this year’s World Championship? Fernando Alonso vs Mark Webber anyone? From where we were sitting that’s how it looked. There really wasn’t anyone else in this race. What with trying to get out of the car park, Wimbledon and a sudden and unexpected bout of sun-stroke, we’re a little discombobulated here after our outing. This much we do know, or think we know. Be sure to tell us if you agree…

Red Bull and Ferrari have the two fastest cars in F1 right now. That’s impressive and remarkable because at the start of the season they didn’t. After today and what happened two weeks ago in Valencia, that seems pretty unarguable. After that we reckon it’s the Lotus and then the Mercedes.

It did after all finish Red Bull (Webber), Ferrari (Alonso), Red Bull (a weirdly lonely Sebastian Vettel), Ferrari (Massa, in an awful lot better form, but still nowhere near his team-mate), Lotus, Lotus (Raikkonen ahead of Grosjean) and Mercedes (Schumacher — and damn the sunshine for not giving the old boy a chance).

That’s the top seven. Eighth and more than half a minute behind was Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button tenth and 44secs behind. It was a not an afternoon for team GB, was it? Jenson and Lewis were just outclassed, but unlike this afternoon’s other noble loser, at least have something to blame; the McLaren MP4-27, as we have said before, marks a new departure for McLaren as the only car they have ever built that started off fast and with development, got slower. There is a major problem in Woking. Not good in a month when you’re trying to negotiate your superstar driver’s new contract.

Much else to discuss once we’ve sat down and have a think. A great drive from Bruno Senna but another shocker from team-mate Maldonado. And we’re hearing of a whopping fine for Kamui Kobayashi for mowing down his pit crew – as if the poor little guy didn’t feel bad enough already.

And mixed news from the car parks. We got away relatively unscathed, but only by luck. We’ll be looking out for your news below and via Twitter @BBC_TopGear with the hashtag #tgBritGP. Silverstone got very lucky with the weather today, but on balance we reckon they should not be allowed to duck the bullet altogether…

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I think it’s hilarious they actually showed the BGP on Fox in the U.S.. The only reason they did so was that the Coke 400 fans are still drunk from last night, and wouldn’t organize a mutiny.

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I caught the second half of the race, and I think I saw one maybe 2 passes. I’m sorry but F1 is just boring. I’ll stick to INDYCAR…unless thry’re at a lame oval track. Pessimism aside, glad the rain cleared up in Blighty for all the fans

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“It did after all finish Ferrari (Alonso), Red Bull (Webber), Red Bull (a weirdly lonely Sebastian Vettel)” ……..ummm, did you manage to watch all the 52 laps guys??…….i’m guessing its a typo or you lot at the sunday afternoon club are great fans of Alonso!

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Oops thanks for that Alonsofanno1 – duly corrected…

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Well deserved win Webber! A big congrats to his team for the fantastic strategy, same to Vettel’s who they got into third place.

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Great drive by Webber, i thought Massa performed better than he has the rest of the season. Alonso did well to hold onto the lead for that long but nice to see someone nobly losing their place to a faster driver as opposed to crashing like a certain McLaren driver in Spain…
On a better note congrats to Red Bull and Ferrari, they’ve both drastically improved their cars and fully deserve their results. Well Done :)

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Well done Mark! A great race and thoroughly deserved win. Let’s hope this year will be your year to become No.1 driver at Red Bull. Was a nice birthday present for me – you winning at Silverstone and Federer winning at WImbledon.

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Well done Roger Federer, Andy Murray
played well but Federer has too much
game for him.

Great drive Webber, Alonso was brillant
too as well.
Malonado punishment, is nothing short
of a laughing stock.
8 grand and a reprimened, should have
been made to sit at home next grand prix.

Alonso vs Webber, is a great rivarly to
look forward too this season.
do not, forget Vettel the boy is
a crafty one.

overall, a good british grand prix

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I loved watching Grosjean race, good result for him despite the front wing troubles in the beginning. If a race is getting boring, you just need to look to him and watch some frankly good overtaking. He’ll be World Champion soon enough. If his luck turns for the better, maybe even this year. Wouldn’t be the first surprise this year, would it? :P

McLaren it seemed to me were expecting rain, which turned out very bad for both Lewis and Jenson. Jenson drove much better than the usual in the more recent GPs. I think we’ll see him in a much better position in Hockenheim.

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“350ZGT : I caught the second half of the race, and I think I saw one maybe 2 passes. I’m sorry but F1 is just boring. ”

I`m sorry , watch the whole Race before judging…………………………….

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why on gods green earth was the justice secretary invited to give out the no.1 trophy?

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Synchronised spinning!!!!!!!!

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for the second time in the season ferrari remain like a bunch of stupids.
sorry for alonso really good driver.

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Another confirmation that both Lewis Hamiltion and Jenson Button are just average drivers. The only reason Button won with Brawn was that the car had a technological advantage during most of the season.

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Smokey Joe’s right, Button and Hamilton are both revealing what they can do with an average car.. although they’re both probably decent blokes there’s definately a talent defecit when compared to some of the lesser teams drivers, good luck to them for the rest of the season and it’s about time for a Lotus win, Bring on Hockenheim :D

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My personal list.

Those who are top:
-Alonso
-Webber
-Vettel

Those who fight for the top:
-Raikkoenen
-Grosjean
-Hamilton
-Rosberg/2

Those who struggle (due to bad luck/car/performance):
-Schumacher
-Rosberg/2
-Massa
-Kobayashi
-Perez
-Maldonado
-Huelkenberg
-Senna

Those who are left behind:
-The rest

Those who I find myself cheering on:
-The Schumeister
-Rosberg
-Raikkoenen
-Grosjean
-Massa (if he doesn’t try to overtake Schumacher) ;)

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Great to see such clean racing between Alonso and Webber. Formula 1 with excitement and dignity.

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Reblogged this on f1blogged and commented:
Its always great to see a team win their home race. What a race this was, the strategic use of the tires from the team placed both driver in great positions for the contained battle for the Championship.

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a short description of the last minute overtake:

alonso(thinking): i have won this race, now i will relax.
(alonso slows down, webber goes past)
alonso:WEBBER!
webber: not bad for the number 2 driver!

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