Silverstone Shake Ups See Small Changes
British Grand Prix
F1 leaves Silverstone with everyone talking about the dispute between the two Red Bull drivers, but all the drama of the weekend started with the surprise replacement of Bruno Senna. For reasons not quite known, Senna, who was last in the New Teams Championship before the weekend, was dropped in favour of Sakon Yamamoto. A driver who has failed to impress in his previous F1 drives and certainly didn’t look comfortable in the car.
In qualifying, it was evident that Virgin Racing had clawed back to the speed of Lotus Racing, with Timo Glock in a green and yellow sandwich. Heikki Kovalainen was on the New Teams Pole. Hispania were well back, with Chandhok 1.3 seconds slower than Lucas di Grassi. Yamamoto was dead last. At the end of it, Vitantonio Liuzzi was demoted to 20th seeing Kovalainen, Glock and Trulli moved up one place.
Jarno Trulli had an excellent start and got himself in front, and it took Liuzzi a lot of laps to work his way through. Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa suffered from punctures and also had to make their way past them at the first stop. Lucas di Grassi was the only one to retire early on, suffering from hydraulics problems.
Glock jumped Kovalainen at the stops but Heikki got past later on. After the safety car, Yamamoto somehow closed up on Chandhok but the Indian soon refound pace and sprinted away again. This lead to a rare 1-2 for Lotus with Jarno Trulli picking up another win.
|3||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||18th||4|
|6||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||Ret.||0|
Kovalainen retakes the lead on Chandhok but only leads by one point, the superior reliability of that Hispania helping him massively. Jarno Trulli also moves back ahead of Lucas di Grassi. Timo Glock continues to gain more points steadily and seemingly had 5th place all to himself. Sakon Yamamoto enters the standings with 2 points.
|4||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||34|
|5||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||24|
After a poor week in Valencia, Lotus are now a massive 23 points clear of Hispania. Hispania themselves increase the gap to Virgin Racing to two points, even with the big difference, anything can still happen in the upcoming weeks. Will Virgin start to outperform Lotus, will Hispania get anywhere near the other two teams in terms of pace?