Sebastian Vettel heads to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix off a dominant performance in Canada, but his teammate Mark Webber will be the one trying to make it three titles in four years at this event.
This race is much bigger than those two stars, though. The tradition-rich British Grand Prix has been a fixture on the F1 world championship schedule since 1950 and has few peers in terms of longevity.
Several courses have held this event, but Silverstone has become the permanent home over the past two decades.
Points leader Vettel will be starting on the inside of Row 2, and the rest of the drivers will be hoping he stumbles to a bad finish. He sits 36 points clear of second-place driver, Fernando Alonso.
As always, this should be a fabulous race. Here is a guide to help you enjoy the action.
Race: NBC Sports Network on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET
1. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, Mercedes-Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Mercedes-Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Red Bull-Renault
4. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull-Renault
5. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Toro Rosso-Ferrari
6. Adrian Sutil, Germany, Force India-Mercedes
7. Romain Grosjean, France, Lotus-Renault
8. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Lotus-Renault
9. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Ferrari-Ferrari
10. Jenson Button, Britain, McLaren-Mercedes
11. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari-Ferrari
12. Jean-Eric Vergne, France, Toro Rosso-Ferrari
13. Sergio Perez, Mexico, McLaren-Mercedes
14. Nico Hulkenberg, Germany, Sauber-Ferrari
15. Pastor Maldonado, Venezuela, Williams-Renault
16. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Williams-Renault
17. Esteban Gutierrez, Mexico, Sauber-Ferrari
18. Charles Pic, France, Caterham-Renault
19. Jules Bianchi, France, Marussia-Cosworth
20. Max Chilton, Britain, Marussia-Cosworth
21. Giedo van der Garde, Holland, Caterham-Renault
22. Paul di Resta, Britain, Force India-Mercedes*
Starting grid according to The Associated Press.
Paul di Resta, according to Formula1.com, was found underweight and moved to the back of the field.
Info via NBC Sports.
Track: Silverstone Circuit
Lap Record: Fernando Alonso 1:30.874 (2010)
Tire Compounds: Medium (Option); Hard (Prime)
Drivers to Watch
Vettel commands attention at every stop, and the three-time defending champion is up to his usual tricks.
As mentioned above, he has a commanding lead in the points race, which has come through his stellar consistency. In seven races this year, Vettel's lowest finish has been fourth. He's done that twice, along with his one third, one second and three first-place finishes.
Last year, Vettel came in third at this event, and he won in 2009.
No one would be shocked if he added another victory, and he is almost a lock to be in contention for the win.
Webber made recent waves by announcing that at the end of the year he would be leaving F1 and joining Porsche's new endurance racing programme. Now he'll hope to follow up that news with a win by besting Vettel—the teammate he's often clashed with.
This is the right course for him to beat Vettel. Webber is the defending champion, and he also won here in 2010.
Webber is still looking for his first win of the season and to improve upon his fifth-place standing in the points race. He is currently 63 points behind Vettel.
Qualifying in ninth, Alonso is not pleased with the performances and the new parts he and his team are receiving.
In a quote provided by Andrew Benson of the BBC, Alonso had this to say after qualifying:
We are not delivering what we are supposed to deliver every weekend with the new parts that are coming. Some of them, most of them—they are not working, so we are missing a little bit of pace compared to the top teams.
This race will be a good test to see where the team stands. Alonso has run well here recently, placing second last year and winning in 2011.
Alonso will need a similar finish because his chances of chasing down Vettel in the points race are rapidly diminishing.
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