Silverstone Shake Ups See Small Changes

July 10, 2010 - United Kingdom - Formula One - F1 - British Grand Prix 2010 - Silverstone, England - 10/7/10..Sakon Yamamoto - Hispania Racing.

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.

Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Jarno Trulli Lotus 16th 10
2 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 17th 6
3 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 18th 4
4 Karun Chandhok Hispania 19th 3
5 Sakon Yamamoto Hispania 20th 2
6 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing Ret. 0

 

Standings

Drivers Championship

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.

  Driver Team Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 46
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 45
3 Jarno Trulli Lotus 37
4 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 34
5 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 24
6 Bruno Senna Hispania 13
7 Sakon Yamamoto Hispania 2

 

Teams Championship

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?

Team Points
1 Lotus 83
2 Hispania 60
3 Virgin Racing 58
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Posted on July 11, 2010, in New Teams Championship and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Lotus are streaking away with the lead, aren’t they?

    • It is looking that way, but they were before then the lead was cut to 11 points by Europe so, too early for anything especially since I think they have the worst reliability.

  2. Lucas di Grassi was the only one to retire early on, suffering from hydraulics problems.

    he woulda got to the end of it, if it wasn’t for those pesky hydraulics.

    grr

  3. It’s interesting because Virgin are better than these results show in terms of their pace, they just can’t seem to finish races.

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