• F1 2012 - Mercedes GP British Grand Prix Race Report: Schumi Claims 7th whiles Nico Finishes 15th

      RedBull Racing's Mark Webber took the checker flag after an exciting weekend filled with rain that turned dry on race day. In front of 120,000 fans that braved the rain, Webber managed to take first spot from Ferrari's Alonso with four laps to go. Alonso managed to dominate the race, putting 12 sec between him and Webber at one point, but that lead disappeared with Alonso's fading tires. Webber's teammate Vettel managed to claim 3rd after jumping drivers through well placed pitstops.

      Micheal Schumacher started the race in 3rd place, but quickly saw himself having to fend of his position from a resurgent Felipe Massa. Massa was able to pass him with the help of DRS. After the first stint of pitstops Schumacher dropped to 12th place. After his second stop, Schumi saw himself in 8th place and gaining on Mclaren's Hamilton. He managed to pass him with 5 laps to go and finished in 7th place. Nico Rosberg had a relatively quite race and finished 15th after a bad first lap that saw him drop 4 spots.

      Michael after the race said

      For Nico,

      For Ross,

      Norbert after the race.

      Full Race Results
      After 52 of 52 laps
      Position Driver Team
      Fastest lap: K Raikkonen 1:34:661 on lap 50
      1 Australia M Webber Red Bull
      2 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
      3 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
      4 Brazil F Massa Ferrari
      5 Finland K Raikkonen Lotus
      6 France R Grosjean Lotus
      7 Germany M Schumacher Mercedes
      8 Great Britain L Hamilton McLaren
      9 Brazil B Senna Williams
      10 Great Britain J Button McLaren
      11 Japan K Kobayashi Sauber
      12 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
      13 Australia D Ricciardo Toro Rosso
      14 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
      15 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
      16 Venezuela P Maldonado Williams
      17 Finland H Kovalainen Caterham
      18 Germany T Glock Marussia
      19 France C Pic Marussia
      20 Spain P de la Rosa HRT
      21 India N Karthikeyan HRT
      22 Mexico S Perez (ret.) Sauber
      23 Great Britain P Di Resta (ret.) Force India
      24 Russian Federation V Petrov (ret.) Caterham

      This article was originally published in forum thread: F1 2012 - Mercedes GP British Grand Prix Race Report: Schumi Claims 7th whiles Nico Finishes 15th started by Scourge82 View original post
      Comments 8 Comments
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Just got back from the race and didn't know if I'd get this in time. But it was an awesome time, even with all the rain and mud. I'll have a full write up of the weekend for those that want to know what it's all about.

        But this was a great race. The whole time Alonso was in control only to see Webber fight back and win it in the end. And again, Maldonado manages to take some one out. Seeing Kobiyashi's pitstop made me cringe as he took out his right side pit crew with a misjudged stop. What I don't get is how does Kobi get a 25K fine and Maldonado only get 10K for his. I don't get the race stewards...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Perfect timing Scourge.

        Is it me or is Schumi getting stronger as the season progresses?
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        I think he has been stronger all this season, but now he's getting luck on his side. The beginning of the season, he qualified strong, but either the car failed him or someone took him out. There's still 11 races this season, I don't think Mercedes is strong enough to get him in the Championship hunt, but I think he will get at least one win this season.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        I think Webber has shown his best every time he overtakes Alonso.
        This time again it was a beautiful pass!
        And good teamwork with his engineer informing Webber where exactly Alonso used his KERS, do he could anticipate that.
        Great race, lots of action.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Webber is doing great this year. It's great finally seeing the team fully behind him. I saw the overtake there, we were sitting at the Luffield stands. It was a thing of beauty, The British fans went crazy when he pulled that pass. Schumi pulled a good overtake move on Hamilton, I think his hard tires were fading at the point. The biggest boos came when Maldonado hit Perez. The UK fans hate Maldonado with a passion.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Sounds like you were at the best spot on track Click here to enlarge
        Some of the best action happened right there.
        In all fairness the Maldonado/Perez action was not entirely Pastor's fault. Where was he to go?
        Perez was really buthurt over it stating Maldonado crashing into somebody almost every race (witch is true) and not respecting other drivers.
        The FIA stated that Maldonado was adjudged to have caused his collision with Sergio Perez, which led to the Sauber driver’s retirement, and due to the seriousness of the incident he received a double penalty in the form of a reprimand and a 10,000 euro fine.
        I think that was more of a accumulation of accidents then just only for this one crash.

        So you were there the whole weekend?
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Yeah, My buddy and I were the the whole weekend, covered in mud and everything. The weather and parking fiasco didn't really hit us, I took a backroad route that got us past all the traffic jams. The worst part was Saturday, when we went to leave and my car got stuck in the parking fields, I had to get the departing marshals to come and help me out.

        The Maldonado/Perez thing was 50/50 I guess. Perez did give him enough room, about a whole car width. I was talking to some of the people there, they just don't like him from what he did in Formula Renault and GP2. In 2005, he hit almost killed a marshal in Monaco for ignoring flags and was supposedly banned for life from Monaco, and then, he ignored red flags in GP2 and almost took out the driver of a crashed car and a few marshals.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        You guys posting up your pics or what?