Silverstone, England (Sports Network) - Fernando Alonso benefited from Sebastian Vettel's mistake on pit road to win Sunday's British Grand Prix.
Vettel, the defending Formula One world champion, overtook his Red Bull Racing teammate and pole sitter Mark Webber for the lead on the opening lap and then led the first 27 circuits around Silverstone Circuit before making his second of three pit stops.
A problem with attaching the rear wheels on Vettel's stop allowed Alonso to exit the pits ahead of him. The two came in at the same time.
Alonso went on to lead the remainder of the 52-lap race, clinching his and Ferrari's first win of the season. Alonso's most recent victory came last October in the Korean Grand Prix.
The Spaniard also claimed his 27th career F1 victory, which placed him in a tie with Jackie Stewart for fifth on the racing circuit's all-time race winners list.
Vettel held off a late-race challenge from Webber to finish second. The young German now holds an 80-point lead over Webber, who settled for third.
Alonso moved up to third in the standings, as he trails Webber by 12 points.
Lewis Hamilton from McLaren and Ferrari's Felipe Massa had a furious battle for position on the final lap. The two ran side-by-side and made slight contact heading into turn 16. Hamilton fended off the challenge to finish fourth, while Massa ran wide before crossing the line in fifth.
07/10 10:28:25 ET