Just after the Formula Drift party was winding down the Formula 1 jump-off at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix was getting started. Silverstone came back this year in a big way. The entire track was refreshed and extended making the total distance just over 3 miles. It was also announced that Silverstone just renewed its contract with the FIA and would be on the F1 schedule for the next 17 years.
With all of that pageantry out of the way the grid got down to business and like half the races so far Red Bull Racing dominated practice and qualifying with Mark Webber taking the pole and his teammate Sebastien Vettel taking the spot right next to him. However despite being next to each other on the front row things were not too friendly between the two Red Bull Drivers. Webber was put-off when the upper brass of the RBR team decided to take a new experimental front wing off his car and put it on Vettel’s car, leaving Mark with an out-dated piece that reduced his straight line speed. Although it didn’t seem to hamper his performance all that much since he ran away from the pack as soon as the lights went out. Meanwhile, in Vettel-ville Sebastian had a major incident at the start and cut a tire. After the tire was replaced in the pits he emerged at the back of the pack. Eventually he fought his way to a 6th place finish but it was Mark Webber who snagged the victory.
Mark is now third in points behind Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton while Vettel sits 4th in points. However the season is only half over so both RBR drivers are more than within striking distance to the points lead. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this season plays out!
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