Mark Webber scored his ninth career victory in the British Grand Prix. It was the 30th win for Red Bull, all of which have been scored by him and Sebastian Vettel.
Five more wins for Webber would put him level with compatriot Jack Brabham on victories, and five more for Red Bull would equal the Brabham team’s tally of 35.
Fernando Alonso scored his and Ferrari’s first pole position since the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix. It was the 21st pole position of his career. From those 21 poles he’s finished on the podium on every occasion with the exception of the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, when he retired with a technical problem.
He has now led the most laps of any driver this year with 152, over a quarter of the laps raced in 2012. Vettel is next on 119, followed by Webber on 66.
Alonso extended his run of races in the points to 21 and is three away from the record (see the last Stats and Facts for more).
On the flipside of that Heikki Kovalainen has now gone 50 races without scoring a point. His last was seventh in the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix for McLaren. Timo Glock scored his last points in the same race but has only appeared 48 times since then (missing two Grands Prix due to injury).
This was the 206th pole position for Ferrari, but only their third in the 64 races since the end of 2008.
Fourth for Felipe Massa was his best finish since his podium at the 2010 Korean Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel finished third which meant the British Grand Prix had the same three drivers on the podium for the second year in a row, albeit in a different order. It was also Webber’s fourth consecutive podium appearance at Silverstone.
Kimi Raikkonen added to his tally of fastest laps with the 37th of his career. He is third in the all-time list, four behind Alain Prost. Lotus now have three fastest laps this year, more than any other team.
Fifteenth place was Nico Rosberg’s worst finish since coming home 16th for Williams in the 2009 Italian Grand Prix.
Speaking of the number 15, the driver of the car bearing that number qualified in 15th place for the third race in a row: Sergio Perez.
Jenson Button failed to reach Q2 for the first time since his last race for Honda at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. He reached Q2 but did not participate in it at Malaysia in 2010 after spinning in the wet first session.
Nico Rosberg failed to reach Q3 for the first time this year. The only drivers to have reached Q3 in every race are Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean – though the latter did not participate in Q3 at Silverstone, having done what Button did in Malaysia two years ago.
Every team has now had at least one grid, drive-through or post-race time penalty so far this year. Nine drivers have escaped penalties in the first nine races, including Alonso, Webber, Button and Rosberg.
The number of pit stops per race is falling as teams get used to the tyres. There have only been three instances of drivers making more than two pit stops in the last four races.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2012 F1 championship points
- 2012 F1 season records
- 2012 F1 race data
- 2012 F1 qualifying data
- 2012 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2012 F1 strategy and pit stops
- 2012 F1 driver form guides
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2012 British Grand Prix
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