Formula One
Formula One - British Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, July 8th
SITE: Silverstone Circuit (1947) -- Silverstone, England
TRACK: 5.891 km (3.667 miles), 18-turn road course
CAPACITY: 150,000
ANNUAL: 63rd
TELEVISION: FOX (tape delay, 12 p.m. (et)
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Fernando Alonso
RUNNER-UP: Sebastian Vettel
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (Finished 3rd)
LAPS: 52
MILES: 190.676 (306.747 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kimi Raikkonen, 2004 (1 minute, 18.233 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Alain Prost, 1985 (1 hour, 18 minutes, 10.436 seconds)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Fernando Alonso36Nico Rosberg9
2Sebastian Vettel27Sergio Perez12
3Mark Webber18Nick Heidfeld16
4Lewis Hamilton109Michael Schumacher13
5Felipe Massa410Jaime Alguersuari18
2011 British Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 207.155 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 28 minutes, 41.196 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 16.511 seconds
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 19
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 12
FASTEST LAP: Fernando Alonso, 1:34.908, Lap 41
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (1:29.615)
Past British Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Fernando Alonso (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 207.155 k.p.h./1:28:41.196
2010 -- Mark Webber (2nd) -- Renault -- 217.088 k.p.h./1:24:38.200
2009 -- Sebastian Vettel (1st) -- Renault -- 221.326 k.p.h./1:22:49.328
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton (4th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 186.585 k.p.h./1:39:09.440
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 222.629 k.p.h./1:21:43.074
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Renault -- 215.468 k.p.h./1:25:51.927
2005 -- Juan Montoya (3rd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 218.968 k.p.h./1:24:29.588
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (4th) -- Ferrari -- 218.403 k.p.h./1:24:42.700
2003 -- Rubens Barrichello (1st) -- Ferrari -- 208.875 k.p.h./1:28:34.554
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:31:45.015s
2001 -- Mika Hakkinen (2nd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:25:33.770
2000 -- David Coulthard (4th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:28:50.108
1999 -- David Coulthard (3rd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:32:30.144
1998 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:47:02.450
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:28:01.665
1996 -- Jacques Villeneuve (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:33:00.874
1995 -- Johnny Herbert (5th) -- Benetton-Renault -- 1:35:35.093
1994 -- Damon Hill (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:30:03.640
1993 -- Alain Prost (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:25:38.189
1992 -- Nigel Mansell (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:25:42.991
1991 -- Nigel Mansell (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:27:35.479
1990 -- Alain Prost (5th) -- Ferrari -- 1:18:30.999
1989 -- Alain Prost (2nd) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:19:22.131
1988 -- Ayrton Senna (3rd) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:33:16.367
1987 -- Nigel Mansell (2nd) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:19:11.780
1986 -- Nigel Mansell (2nd) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:30:38.471
1985 -- Alain Prost (3rd) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:18:10.436 (Race Record)
1984 -- Niki Lauda (3rd) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:29:28.532
1983 -- Alain Prost (3rd) -- Renault -- 1:24:39.780
1982 -- Niki Lauda (5th) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:35:33.812
1981 -- John Watson (5th) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:26:54.80
1980 -- Alan Jones (3rd) -- Williams-Ford -- 1:34:49.228
1979 -- Clay Regazzoni (4th) -- Williams-Ford -- 1:26:11.17
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann (8th) -- Ferrari -- 1:42:12.39
1977 -- James Hunt (1st) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:31:46.06
1976 -- James Hunt (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:44:19.66
1975 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (1st) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:22:05.0
1974 -- Jody Scheckter (3rd) -- Tyrrell-Ford -- 1:43:02.2
1973 -- Peter Revson (3rd) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:29:18.5
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (2nd) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:47:50.2
1971 -- Jackie Stewart (2nd) -- Tyrrell-Ford-- 1:31:31.5
1970 -- Jochen Rindt (1st) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:57:02.0
1969 -- Jackie Stewart (2nd) -- Matra-Ford -- 1:55:55.6
1968 -- Jo Siffert (4th) -- Lotus-Ford -- 2:01:20.3
1967 -- Jim Clark (1st) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:59:25.6
1966 -- Jack Brabham (1st) -- Brabham-Repco -- 2:13:13.4
1965 -- Jim Clark (1st) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:05:25.4
1964 -- Jim Clark (1st) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:15:07.0
1963 -- Jim Clark (1st) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:14:09.6
1962 -- Jim Clark (1st) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:26:20.8
1961 -- Wolfgang Von Trips (4th) -- Ferrari -- 2:40:53.6
1960 -- Jack Brabham (1st) -- Cooper-Climax -- 2:04:24.3
1959 -- Jack Brabham (1st) -- Cooper-Climax -- 2:30:11.6
1958 -- Peter Collins (6th) -- Ferrari -- 2:09:04.2
1957 -- Stirling Moss (3rd) -- Vanwall -- 3:06:37.8
1956 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 2:59:47.0
1955 -- Stirling Moss (1st) -- Mercedes -- 3:07.21.2
1954 -- Jose Froilan Gonzalez (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 2:56:14
1953 -- Alberto Ascari (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:50:00
1952 -- Alberto Ascari (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 2:46.11
1951 -- Jose Froilan Gonzalez (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:42:18.2
1950 -- Nino Farina (1st) -- Alfa Romeo-- 2:13:23.6
Past British Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Mark Webber -- 3rd
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 7th
2009 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1st
2008 -- Heikki Kovalainen -- 5th
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 3rd
2006 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 2nd
2004 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 2nd
2003 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 1st
2002 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 3rd
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
2000 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 20th
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 18th
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 2nd
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 1st
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 15th
1995 -- Damon Hill -- 15th
1994 -- Damon Hill -- 1st
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 1st
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1st
1991 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1st
1990 -- Nigel Mansell -- 15th
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 25th
1988 -- Gerhard Berger -- 9th
1987 -- Nelson Piquet -- 2nd
1986 -- Nelson Piquet -- 2nd
1985 -- Keke Rosberg -- 18th
1984 -- Nelson Piquet -- 7th
1983 -- Rene Arnoux -- 5th
1982 -- Keke Rosberg -- 14th
1981 -- Rene Arnoux -- 9th
1980 -- Didier Pironi -- 15th
1979 -- Alan Jones -- 18th
1978 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 26th
1977 -- James Hunt -- 1st
1976 -- Niki Lauda -- 1st
1975 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 1st
1974 -- Niki Lauda -- 5th
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 2nd
1972 -- Jacky Ickx -- 17th
1971 -- Clay Regazzoni -- 17th
1970 -- Jochen Rindt -- 1st
1969 -- Jochen Rindt -- 4th
1968 -- Graham Hill -- 14th
1967 -- Jim Clark -- 1st
1966 -- Jack Brabham -- 1st
1965 -- Jim Clark -- 1st
1964 -- Jim Clark -- 1st
1963 -- Jim Clark -- 1st
1962 -- Jim Clark -- 1st
1961 -- Phil Hill -- 2nd
1960 -- Jack Brabham -- 1st
1959 -- Jack Brabham -- 1st
1958 -- Stirling Moss -- 14th
1957 -- Tony Brooks -- 12th
1956 -- Stirling Moss -- 12th
1955 -- Stirling Moss -- 1st
1954 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 4th
1953 -- Alberto Ascari -- 1st
1952 -- Nino Farina -- 6th
1951 -- Jose Froilan Gonzalez -- 1st
1950 -- Nino Farina -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: European Grand Prix (June 24th)
SITE: Valencia Street Circuit -- Valencia, Spain
LAPS: 57
MILES: 191.931 (308.883 km)
WINNER: Fernando Alonso
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen
THIRD: Michael Schumacher
FOURTH: Mark Webber
FIFTH: Nico Hulkenberg
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 21st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 44 minutes, 16.649 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 177.727 k.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 6.421 seconds
British Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5 *Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Fernando Alonso18th10th2ndWon2nd6th14th14thWon
Sebastian Vettel---------------19thWon7th2nd
Mark Webber14th8th11th22nd22nd10th2ndWon3rd
Lewis Hamilton------------3rdWon16th2nd4th
Nico Rosberg---------9th12th9th5th3rd6th
Sergio Perez------------------------7th
Michael Schumacher4thWon6th2nd---------9th9th
Pastor Maldonado------------------------14th
Jenson Button8th4th5th19th10th15th6th4th20th
Kimi Raikkonen3rd2nd3rd3rdWon4th8th------
Romain Grosjean---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Mark Webber - Started in the 19th position and finished 4th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Lewis Hamilton
Darkhorse - Nico Rosberg
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - Finished 21st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Sergio Perez) - Finished 9th
 
NOTES:
Fernando Alonso returned to the winner's circle in England, as he cruised to a huge victory over Sebastian Vettel last year.

Alonso, who won this race in 2006, currently stands atop the points list, 20 ahead of 2010 British Grand Prix winner Mark Webber.

Sebastian Vettel, the two-time defending Formula One world champion, overtook his Red Bull Racing teammate and pole sitter 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 pitted at the same time. Alonso, who started third, went on to lead the remainder of the 52-lap race, clinching his and Ferrari's first win of that season. Alonso's most recent win came two weeks ago at the European Grand Prix.

With 29 career F1 wins, Alonso ranks fifth all-time and trails Nigel Mansell by two for fourth.

Mark Webber overtook his Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastian Vettel for the lead on the opening lap in 2010 and then put on a dominating performance from there to win the British Grand Prix.

Webber started alongside Vettel on the front row, but Vettel got pushed wide as Webber made the pass coming out of the first corner. The young German ran off course twice and suffered a punctured right-rear tire when he drove over the rumble strips. He had to pit unexpectedly, which placed him at the tail end of the 24-car field.

Webber got redemption from his runner-up finish in 2009, as he crossed the finish line 1.36 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The victory was one of four wins that year.

In 2009, pole sitter Vettel captured the 60th running of this prestigious race, as he held off Webber by a whopping 15.1 seconds for his third career win. Vettel, who now owns 22 F1 titles, including the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix, relinquished the lead only when he pitted for the final time.

Lewis Hamilton, currently third on the points list, raced to victory in 2008, as he defeated Nick Heidfeld by over one minute. The win was Hamilton's seventh of his career and one of five wins in 2008. This season, Hamilton owns one win and trails Alonso by 23 points.

After four consecutive top-3 finishes, Kimi Raikkonen broke through with a huge win over Fernando Alonso in 2007. Raikkonen, who placed 3rd, 2nd, 3rd and 3rd the previous four years, posted a 2.459 seconds victory over Alonso, as he captured his 12th career F1 title. Despite pitting on lap 42, Raikkonen returned to the track still in the lead and by lap 50, he enjoyed a 6.4 seconds advantage over Alonso. Raikkonen finished out the race for the third of his six wins in 2007. Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton placed third.

In 2006, Fernando Alonso cruised to victory, as he posted a 13.951 seconds win over Michael Schumacher for his 13th F1 career title. After finishing second in 2005, Alonso led from start to finish, as he added the British Grand Prix for the first time to his resume, winning the fifth of his seven wins that year. 2006 marked Renault's first win at Silverstone as a constructor since 1983. Alonso's win total now stands at 29, including two in 2012.

The first British Grand Prix was held here in 1948, and it was only meant to be held at the site once, as the track was originally an airfield.

Giuseppe Farina won the first World Championship race in 1950 for Alfa Romeo. In 1973, Jody Scheckter spun at Woodcote, the right-hander that leads into pit straight, triggering a multiple pile up. The track had its first alteration in 25 years due to this, and they added a chicane at Woodcote for the 1975 race. This was also the track that saw Clay Regazzoni give Williams their first win in 1979.

The track was rebuilt in 1991, followed by another major rebuild in 1994. The British fans were overjoyed with Damon Hill's win in 1994, with Johnny Herbert winning for Benetton in 1995. Williams's driver, Jacques Villeneuve took home victory in both 1996 and 1997, while Michael Schumacher won in controversial circumstances in 1998 when he took victory for the Ferrari team in pit lane. 1999 saw the German suffer a first lap accident which had him sidelined until the second to last race of the season with a broken leg. That accident many fans say lost him the 1999 drivers crown.

Hill, president of the British Racing Driver's Club, announced in 2009, that the race would be held at Silverstone through the year 2026.

In 2004, Michael Schumacher won this race for the third time, as he defeated pole sitter Kimi Raikkonen by just over two seconds. Jim Clark was a five-time winner of this race, including four in a row beginning in 1962. In all five of his wins, Clark started on the pole.

There have been several back-to-back winners of this race, the last coming in 2000, when David Coulthard repeated his victory performance of 1999. Pole sitters have fared very well at this race, winning 23 times, but only three times in the past 14 years.

The next Formula One race is the July 22nd running of the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany. Lewis Hamilton is the defending race winner.

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