Vettel Finishes the End of a Formula One Era on Top

Leo EvansContributor IJune 21, 2009

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 21, 2009 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


A Formula One era has ended, and it was a great result for the Red Bull team with Vettel and Webber roaring their way to a podium. And with a poor result from Button the Red Bull team will be on a high.


The result means Button’s gap at the top is now 23 points to Rubens Barrichello, but his lead to Vettel has been shortened to only two points and Rubens knows he must get a good result in Germany if he is to stay in contention for the title. The Constructors Championship has not changed a lot with Brawn now breaking the hundred point mark.


But the day is all about Red Bull and Vettel, who dominated the race right from the word go. Even with the heaviest car of the front runners he was able to hold out for the whole race. Team mate Mark Webber was able to give Red Bull the second 1-2 in the team's history. Rubens Barrichello came in third for the Brawn GP team continuing their fantastic start to the season.


After qualifying 11th, Felipe Massa was able to get Ferrari a great result in Britain with fourth. Rosberg gained two places in the Williams from starting seventh and got the Williams team some points. The Championship leader struggled all weekend with a lack of grip and speed, a bad start meant Jenson had to fight his way through the field and did so finishing in the same place that he finished in.


Trulli had a good qualifying session getting forth on the grid but he will be disappointed with seventh. Raikkonen had a good race gaining a position on his qualifying position but may be disappointed with only the one point. Timo Glock lost a place from his qualifying position and will be disappointed to not have got any points and to lose by only two tenths of a second to Raikkonen.


Force India will be thrilled to have Giancarlo Fisichella finishing 10th in the race after starting 16th, and with Sutil’s poor race they will be pleased to get a good result. Kazuki Nakajima will be very disappointed, after his best qualifying in Formula One (fifth) he will be very disappointed with not getting in the top 10 let alone a points finish. Nelson Piquet had an average race; he gained a couple of positions from his grid place but he will still be disappointed with his race weekend.


Kubica lost a spot from his grid position and would have liked to have got closer to the points if not in them. Alonso had a terrible race; he was stuck behind Heidfeld for quite a long time holding him back from showing his full pace. This was also the first race where he finished behind his team mate. Heidfeld finished exactly where he started; his race was average to say the least and he also would much prefer to finish further up the sheet.


Last season's winners race weekend finished during the first session of qualifying when he was unable to complete a flying lap when Sutil crashed heavily. Hamilton had a very good start, getting up to 14th at one point, but he was stuck behind Kubica for a considerable amount of time and was unable to show his true race pace this weekend.


Sutil had a huge crash in the first session of qualifying and was forced to start from the pit lane today. He will be disappointed not to be up near his team mate but will be thrilled with the progress he made throughout the race. Buemi was the last of finishers, he had a fairly typical race without much drama; he will be very disappointed with his position.


Sebastien Bourdais and Heikki Kovalainen had an incident on lap 34 at Abbey, which resulted in both drivers having to retire the cars with damage. Bourdais tried to overtake Kovalainen going into the corner but Heikki didn’t realize until very late. When he moved across to try and defend he was hit from behind resulting in a rear left puncture for Kovalainen and a loss of front wing for Boudais. Both drivers pitted but then retired a couple of laps later due to too much damage.



The Results in Full


1S. VettelRed Bull1.22:49.328
2M. WebberRed Bull+15.188
3R. BarrichelloBrawn GP+41.175
4F. MassaFerrari+45.043
5N. RosbergWilliams+45.915
6J. ButtonBrawn GP+1:06.285
7J. TrulliToyota+1:08.307
8K. RaikkonenFerrari+1:09.622
9T. GlockToyota+1:09.823
10G. FisichellaForce India+1:11.522
11K. NakajimaWilliams+1:14.023
12N. PiquetRenault+1 lap
13R. KubicaBMW-Sauber+1 lap
14F. AlonsoRenault+1 lap
15N. HeidfeldBMW-Sauber+1 lap
16L. HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes+1 lap
17A. SutilForce India+1 lap
18S. BuemiToro Rosso+1 lap
19S. BourdaisToro RossoNot Classified
20H. KovalainenMcLaren-MercedesNot Classified



The British Grand Prix was a fantastic race with excitement, great racing and fantastic driving by the best in the business. The F1 circus now takes a three week break before we head over to the Nuburgring in Germanyfor the German Grand Prix, the first to be held at the Nurburgring since 1985.