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is forced to battle through on just £1. however there insiders at Ferrari suggest his lack of feedback in testing counts against him. who was recently rumoured to have signed a £100million three year deal with Mercedes? If Business Book is correct the top British racer is only the third highest paid driver with Mercedes shelling out £18million.000 £50. driver salaries Fernando Alonso Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton Kimi Raikkonen Nico Rosberg Jenson Button Felipe Massa Nico Hulkenberg Sergio Perez Romain Grosjean PARTNERS: £27. is the second highest paid racer.000.000 £50.000.300. who has only taken one victory compared to Ricciardo’s three. is worth £8million less with a cited salary of just £10million. Alonso is thought by many to be the complete package when it comes to Formula One.000.000 £3.000 £7. In comparison. an amount that is still worthy of a former world champion. The four time world champion is sitting on a very comfortable £19million to put Ferrari back at the top of the championship standings. Meanwhile.000 £13. is paid £6million less at £13million.1million. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile. It has been reported that the double world champion is at the top of the list when it comes to how much his bosses pay him to race.000 Pastor Maldonado Valtteri Bottas Daniel Ricciardo Danii Kvyat Max Verstappen Carlos Sainz Felipe Nasr Marcus Ericsson Will Stevens Roberto Merhi £3.000. team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. So what of current world champion Lewis Hamilton. and this salary certainly indicates that Honda feel that way.000 £100.000 £18.000.000 £3.000 £19.000. it appears as if Ferrari is getting their monies worth as Vettel sits third in the drivers’ championship. nor does it seem likely that he will be back to his winning ways anytime soon.000 £1. Teammate Nico Rosberg meanwhile. Danni Kvyat is paid even less at just £500.000 £200.000. With the season almost at the half way mark.100.000.000 £500.000.000 GPWEEK. the Australian driver the lowest paid driver to have won a race on the entire grid. who is rumoured to only have one more race after Silverstone to show his mettle.000 £10.000 £200.com // 10 . the Spaniard’s expertise in the Formula One is sought after enough for Honda to pay him a whopping £27million as they attempt to regain a foothold in the sport.F1 >>> news Alonso out front despite being at the back Fernando Alonso may not be at the front end of the Formula One grid this year. even if it is only for a handful of laps before his Honda powered McLaren forces him into retirement. earns £3million. Even Lotus racer.000 £1.000. however he does lead all his fellow racers when it comes to salary.000 £3. the man who took Fernando’s place this season at the Maranello squad. Pastor Maldonado. Sebastien Vettel.000 £3.000. However.000.000 £100.

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com PARTNERS: force india bullish over new car Force India turned up at the Silverstone Circuit for their home race this weekend with a B spec version of the VJM08 that started 2015. so far.com ADVERTISING Richard Partridge gpweek@ntlworld.” Accessible via the GPWEEK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) GPWEEK.com EDITOR Mat Coch CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Mike Doodson Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Sean Kelly Robyn Schmidt Social Media: Ernie Black Photography Sutton Motorsport Images www. Mallya is hoping that this. Dirk Klynsmith Published by Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street. The ‘nostrils’ are just one part of the new upgrades with the rest of the car’s front end also heavily revised while the rear of the car is benefiting with much neater and tighter packaging.com SE Asia. “I think we still have to optimise the package that we have.com: Mark Sutton.sutton-images. As team boss Vijay Mallya explained on Friday. we’re used to that. he is very impressed with what he has seen. “There will be the inevitable upgrades that will come in future races. the car that started the year was little more than a modified version of last year’s car.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 Mark Sutton mark@sutton-images. it is in fact the VJM08 and.com // 12 . so we are hopeful to have a strong second half of the season. There is a lot of aerodynamic innovation in it and it looks lean and mean.” he said. the change has alerted the rest of the grid who are eagerly watching for improvements from the team on track. Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom Publisher Chris Lambden publisher@gpweek. Lotus are breathing down our necks. Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) publisher@gpweek.com MANAGING EDITOR Chris Lambden publisher@gpweek. and further upgrades in the future. so while this updated car may be classed as a B spec. Daniel Kalisz. “I was very impressed when I first saw it myself. but I wouldn’t be overly optimistic if I said we are targeting fourth in the championship this year.com Keith Sutton keith@gpweek.” Currently fifth in the team’s championship and 24 points behind Red Bull. will see the team challenge Red Bull for fourth place.” he confirmed. “All of us have been eagerly awaiting the British Grand Prix and the launch of our new B-spec car. gradually improving race by race. Mirko Stange. One of the most noticeable changes was the ‘nostrils’ incorporated into the nose to help improve aerodynamics. "Red Bull are about 23 or 24 points ahead.F1 >>> news WEEK. Aside from the aggressive look.

ANOTHER NEW RACE Thailand has announced it wants a Grand Prix next year. the the Jaguar years. while he respected Mark as a driver. providing his lowest time in F1. While it is those controversial moments which will attract much reader interest and review comment. Marko had. he had no respect for him as a person. that the team – ie Horner. clearly intervened. the Silverstone front wing swap. claiming that the team had breached his contract by giving him an unreasonable instruction/order. is discussed frankly – including the near-disastrous split which threatened to bring everything crashing down. Ex-driver David Coulthard says Hamilton's rebellious nature is good for F1 and is making him a superstar. but the team subsequently found itself reading a stern letter from the German’s lawyer. Given the high-profile nature of that clash of ideals and personalities across his several F1 seasons with Vettel at Red Bull. with Red Bull. is revealed as an organisation “living off its past glories” and. Ultimately.F1 Briefly aston to f1? Reports from the UK claimed Aston Martin was in talks with Red Bull to become its engine supplier with a strong of rebranded Mercedes units. and not to forget GP wins at some of the classic F1 races. for so long hidden from the outside world. Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s day-to-day ‘representative’ at Red Bull Racing. Formula 3. suggesting that team principal Christian Horner was powerless to control the overtly pro-Vettel pressure exerted by Helmut Marko. It's a rumour denied by Merc boss Niki Lauda. as he puts it. to which he went with such high hopes. ‘Aussie Grit’ (what else). Indeed. certainly answers most of the questions the Aussie felt unable to speak out on while he still drove for the Red Bull team. THE NEED FOR SPEED While some suggest Sunday was Jenson Button's last British Grand Prix. sound and speed' or proper racing. Their personal relationship. and so on. If you are inclined to take one of F1’s straight-talkers at face value. One of the most telling revelations follows on from the infamous ‘Multi-21’ controversy at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. under pressure from Helmut Marko – could not control its two drivers. It was literally then that he decided to solve the problem for them. according to its sports chief Sakol Wannapong GO EAST Set to host its first grand prix next year. From the early days of Formula Ford in Australia with father Al. with Minardi. the oft-repeated question – “How the f**k is a boy from Queanbeyan going to get into Formula 1?” – and the unique part that Webber’s partner Ann Neal played in making it happen. is only part of the Mark Webber story. was the final straw. Vettel’s personal follow-up that. PARTNERS: >>> news WEBBER LIFTS THE LID ON THE RB/VETTEL FEUD Mark Webber’s autobiography. is reportedly began last week. rather than rival Vettel. saying it lacks the 'smell. Azerbaijan. Not only was Sebastian Vettel’s spontaneous podium apology not followed through on. it is no surprise that it dominates the three-quarters of what is a compelling read that is devoted to his F1 career.com // 13 . ‘Aussie Grit’ captures much of the positivity of a colourful F1 career – the dramatic debut. the former world champ has ruled out a move to Formula E. then the whole Vettel-Marko-Horner conflict was every bit as bitter and wearing as it appeared from the outside. Red Bull’s management isn’t the only one to cop some harsh evaluation – Williams. That. of course. released last week in Australia and shortly in Europe. with a team punching above its weight. the professionalism of the Mercedes sports car team and then the disastrous weekend at Le Mans in 1999 which threatened to destroy his career. Webber places more of the blame on the team. Webber doesn’t hold back as he discusses the other controversies along the way – the Turkish GP clash. in the interim. contruction work on the street circuit in Baku. in particular Monaco. GPWEEK. WONDER DOG Lewis Hamilton shared a picture of himself and dog Roscoe on his motorcycle. The rest is about a kid from a little Australian town who wanted to get to F1. the ‘Team Webber’ story is one of those books that’s hard to put down. the crucial help from an Australian international sporting star. by retiring. it'll buff out When Romain Grosjean beached his car in the gravel during practice the Frenchman apologised to his team by grabbing a rag and a can of polish and cleaning it himself. the day Webber belatedly concluded that the team had lost control. through to the FF Festival win. the uncharacteristic path that led there.

“Obviously it’s great to see all the British fans around and to have a new record of attendance. a figure partially helped by discounting tickets in the final few weeks .” he said. Williams deputy team boss. "I think we’re lucky with the weather. still. Silverstone has done. about how passionate British fans are but they are probably fans from all over the K world coming to watch us race at Silverstone this weekend. as they always do – I know I’m biased because I used to work here – but they’ve done a fantastic job in their ticket promotions and selling their tickets. it’s unusual for Britain in summer to have such a glorious weekend ahead. either. it was refreshing to hear Silverstone boast a sell-out crowd.000 fans seemed not to notice any of the negativity surrounding the sport and flocked to Silverstone. GPWEEK.of course the good weather in the week ahead of the weekend and the fact that one of their own is leading the World Championship didn't hurt.” she said. An expected 350.” McLaren’s Eric Boulier was also thrilled with the packed grandstands and was quick to point out that it's not the only event so far this season that has seen attendance figures on the rise.F1 F1 F1 >>> >>> news news >>> news C M Y CM MY CY CMY crisis? what crisis? Amid reports fans are leaving Formula 1 in droves. but I’ve also been told that Australia and definitely Canada was up by ten percent as well so it’s good to see that our sport is great and attracting people to the grandstands. "But I think that does say a lot about our sport and I think it does say a lot. so I’ve been told. Claire Williams praised the British PARTNERS: circuit for all their efforts. “It’s great.com // 14 .

news of these two sponsors for the smallest team on the grid is extremely good news both on and off the circuit. she did more than enough to clinch victory in the overall ranking.com // 15 . Partridge can add another trophy to her list. Partridge and her crew set the bar high by winning the first race in both real and corrected time. more sponsors is good news for manor and f1 When the Manor arrived in Melbourne for the season opening grand prix. sees the MR03B dressed in red and blue with the new deal and colours will remain with the team for the remainder of the 2015 season. The crew has been incredible and throughout the week we were very focused on manoeuvring and calling tactics as the weather conditions weren’t easy. built in 1885. before eventually being abandoned in a mudflat. the regatta which closes the Mediterranean race season and attracts 300 classic and modern yachts every year. And while she did not manage to pull off the hat-trick on the final day. It was a superb win for this yacht. Partridge began a new career in the South of France where her elegant silhouette has graced many a regatta over the years. The story of Partridge runs a similar course until she was rescued from anonymity in 1980 from the Blackwater River in Essex. “It is very rewarding for us to be able to welcome likeminded brands to join us on that journey and assist them in achieving their own global objectives. A new partnership with Flex Box. the team now looks to have turned a corner of sorts by taking to the track at their home grand prix with another brand new sponsor in tow . I’m very happy as it’s an accolade for us and above all for the boat. With this excellent win.their second in a month. Skippered by Alexander Laird. completed in 1998. before raising her game in the second PARTNERS: to finish a comfortable first 24 minutes ahead on corrected time.” said Alexander Laird. After losing the team and one other at the end of 2014. their history involves many fine years sailing in the English Channel. “It’s a great honour to win the Rolex Trophy. No sponsors or funds to speak of eight races ago after raising the team from the ashes. fans breathed a huge sigh of relief. This deal follows on from a similar announcement in Canada when the squad began collaborating with Airbnb. this doyenne of the Mediterranean classic yacht circuit will celebrate her 130th anniversary.” said team owner Stephen Fitzpatrick. With all the negativity surrounding Formula One of late. At the 2015 Monaco Classic Week (September 9-13).F1 >>> news Partridge 1885 retains pole position to clinch Rolex Trophy 2014 at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez After a near faultless performance from the start. the turnaround of the Marissia Manor team was nothing short of a miracle. the Victorian gaff rig cutter Partridge 1885 owned by the Jean Boulle Group won the prestigious 2014 Rolex Trophy at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. which coped admirably with unpredictable conditions. skipper of Partridge. After a long restoration. Like many yachts built in the late 18th and early 19th century. GPWEEK.

It's an interesting concept .com // 16 . Whether or not you agree with the concept of enclosed F1 cars..F1 >>> news FUTURE SHOCK While Formula 1 continues to debate changes to perk up the on-track action. we just had to feature Andries' exceptional work.. outlining his perspective on just how a McLaren (liveried in some cases in the compay's iconic 'Marlboro' colours) might look under those circumstances. Dutch graphic artist Andries van Overbeeke has turned his attention to just how a futuristic F1 car could look – especially if overcockpit canopies are introduced to provide additional driver protection. (Reproduced with thanks to Andries van Overbeeke) PARTNERS: GPWEEK.

this was a situation which could have been created specifically for the notoriously injury-prone Englishman. Cue loud whingeing from Mr Hamilton while our anonymous scatter-brain dashed off to grab it from the security of his nearby office. Instead. it was really bad. Alas. this year's British GP went ahead without a naming sponsor. As this column revealed last year. In Formula Renault it was just little boxes with a car in the middle. Just because the sponsors and race promoters happen to be shovelling millions into the pockets of Bernie Ecclestone's ravenous employer. For sheer idiocy. "The trophies are as good as . though. There is a Latin inscription on the base of the trophy which reads "Floreat Etona" ("May Eton flourish"). at Silverstone in 1948. So they got together and commissioned a silversmith who made two 75percent copies for them to put on their mantelpieces. in gold. is that the old-fashioned cups and rose-bowls beloved of him and me are being replaced by objects which may say something about the sponsors who pay for them but which too often look terrible. which has been given to the winner of the British GP ever since the first race to be run as such. he'll plead poverty and persuade those nice Mercedes people to pay for him to have his own copy. Regular readers will know that 12 months ago someone. Former Red Bull heroes Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. He was still clutching it in the broadcasters' pen afterwards when he came down from the postrace press conference to do the TV interviews. "We just need to make better trophies – it's shocking how bad the trophies are. restricted to club members. Man and trophy were duly reunited. at least to begin with. than Hamilton himself. They are so bad. For whatever reason. Formula 3 was good. 'you know'. It's an interesting bit of ironmongery (not solid gold as I suggested last year. GPWEEK. although the chance to get them together on the podium was denied to the photographers.. let me say that back in the days of traditional metal trophies at F1 events. and boy did the old place live up to its reputation on Sunday. Yet another yarn associates the cup with Charles (C S) Rolls (18771910). had been personally tasked with ensuring that both the plastic and the gold trophies were on hand for the podium ceremony. both of whom have won the race. this was a race which will live in the memory forever. a bureaucratic slip almost cost Lewis his rendezvous with the RAC's bauble after winning the same race in 2014. man. but gold-plated silver) whose origins seem to have been lost in the mists of time. Thus the RAC Perpetual Trophy would take pride of place when the top three came up to receive their awards. whose hands were slashed all over as he juggled the pot." Hamilton told pressmen in the week before Silverstone. an engineer whose partnership with fellow motoring pioneer Henry Royce almost certainly began when they met at the Automobile Club in London. He'd just risked his life for almost two hours on the track only to find himself seeking medical assistance for the very nasty wounds he'd picked up on the podium . It fell apart in the grip of the unhappy recipient. it would be hard to beat the impressive silver chalice which was handed to a very sweaty Nigel Mansell in Rio de Janeiro in 1989.OPINION OPINION LEWIS AND THE TROPHIES – PART II MIKE DOODSON The publicists at Silverstone used to boast about their circuit's tendency to produce uncannily close finishes. One theory is that it may have been awarded more than 100 years ago as first prize in the RAC's annual snooker competition. who immediately called for the real McCoy. OK. I wish I had a quid for every time I've seen a driver loft his award only for the base to fall off it on to his foot. for the third time in his career." Well. though. the link being that Rolls had been a pupil at Eton school. But now they are just terrible. and at the beginning of my Formula 1 career the trophies were really good. The body of the cup was decorated with dozens of winged curlicues made from razor-sharp slivers of metal. Nobody could have been happier. the lack of imagination of their designers was to be revealed all too often. he forgot.com // 17 . to Lewis Hamilton's inspired decision to pit for wet intermediate Pirellis at exactly the right moment. he had to make do with a sorrylooking plastic thing which race PARTNERS: sponsor Santander had ill-advisedly commissioned in a competition for art students in Spain and Britain. Just to remind ourselves. scene of his totally unexpected first-time-out victory with a fragile Ferrari in 1989. Knowing him.. I should have mentioned that to Lewis after the race. From the upsets triggered by an over-optimistic Daniel Ricciardo at the first corner which eliminated both Lotuses and one McLaren (David Coulthard amusingly described it on the BBC as "expensive ping-pong"). they are not exempt from the duty to provide trophies of a size and design which reflect the significance of the race itself. now officially his all-time favourite. whose visionary call had enabled him to lay his hands on the Royal Automobile Club's magnificent Perpetual Trophy. of course. Something else which I have discovered from my knowledgeable sources at Silverstone is that Lewis Hamilton is not the only latter-day racing driver with a soft spot for the famous trophy. In fact it's been hanging around the RAC's London HQ since long before it made that appearance at Silverstone in 1948. Lewis's beef about trophies. were not too happy about having to return their prize after one year in their care. Come to think of it. at kart level. I told Bernie and he got the trophy guy in the room and I just said. well. we probably do know. before the establishment received the Royal seal of approval.. which I happen to share. whose name I know.. yes.

and if we're honest that's where the big bucks are anyway. He's got bosses to answer for and they're interested in the sport not for its heritage but for its earning capacity. So it saddens me to learn historic. CVC. Motorsport is rich with history. What makes matters worse is the race isn't under threat because there's no interest. the grand. golden chalice is one of the most coveted on the calendar . It's a part of Formula 1 heritage and tradition. It's a connection to the likes of Jim Clark. So we can't really blame Bernie.not because of what it is but because of what it represents. The trophy for winning the British Grand Prix is unique in that it doesn't PARTNERS: belong to the driver. So if the sport gives breaks to McLaren and Williams. Of course I can see Bernie Ecclestone's side of things. he's just doing his job. GPWEEK. Instead he gets his name inscribed on it. it might even mean television figures rise.OPINION OPINION give them a break mat Coch Editor There's was a great moment during Sunday's post-race press conference when Sebastian Vettel picked up Lewis Hamilton's winners trophy and ran his critical eye over it. by allowing promoters to charge reasonable ticket prices. In return it generates a huge amount of goodwill among the sport and with the fans. why not put something in place to recognise some of these important events? Ultimately the difference to the sports bottom dollar would be comparatively small. a legacy of sorts in a sport where things are becomming ever more transient. One interesting suggestion put to me a week or two back was much like the financial arrangement for some of the prestigious teams. It would enable some of these old events to sell out. It's widely known Ferrari and a handful of other old-timers on the F1 grid get extra payments because of their value to the sport. The fabled Monza circuit is a Formula 1 fan's equivilent of the Temple Mount. Still. His job is to extract maximum milk for minimum moo from each and every cash cow in the paddock. and that's not something many sports can boast. to the likes of Nigel Mansell and Jackie Stewart. who only joined the grid in the 1960s and 70s. who won the British Grand Prix five times (four in a row). My bookshelves are filled with tomes on the likes of Mike Hawthorn or Juan-Manuel Fangio and even stretch back to the sports pre-war era. Hell. There are so many potentially positive knock-ons by giving some of these circuits a break. Golgotha or Grand Mosque. much in the way the Stanley Cup in ice hockey is. like Silverstone did on the weekend. so why not extend the same to the circuits? Silverstone has been on and off the calendar since it held the first world championship Formula 1 race in 1950 and Monza only missed 1980. or the circuit is falling apart. but we can blame the sport's owner. it is a celebration of everything Italian in motorsport. Call me old-fashioned but I for one love the history of the sport. The Italian Grand Prix is so much more than Italy's round of the world championship.com // 18 . traditional events like the Italian Grand Prix are under threat. along with all past winners of the race. Monza is other-worldly. but because not enough bank notes have thus far been found to stuff in the envelope labelled 'For Bernie'.

(Sutton Images archive 1960-2015.THE MOMENT. Over 900.. It's one of the most iconic images in Formula One history. Nigel Mansell gives Ayrton Senna a lift back to the pits after Senna retired in the closing stages of the 1991 British Grand Prix.000 images available online for search and print order) ..

. Race winner Jim Clark heads the pack during the 1967 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.. winning five times between 1962 and his final appearance at the event in 1967. Clark made the British Grand Prix his own in the 1960s. (Sutton Images archive 1960-2015.THE MOMENT. Over 900.000 images available online for search and print order) .

Perfect timing F1 >>> BRITAIN A blistering out-lap and a perfectly timed switch to intermediate tyres saw Lewis Hamilton reign supreme on home turf PARTNERS: GPWEEK.com // 21 .

in the opening corners and gained the upper hand there. Of his grand prix wins. Not for the first time this season both Lotus drivers had managed to find the same piece of tarmac. and in doing so had effectively won the race. but Hamilton was far too close in third to make that strategy work. It was the worst possible start for Lotus. it was certainly one of the more impressive. the bane of his races since the Spanish Grand Prix. Both McLaren drivers wanted it too and of the four three of them were out on the spot.com // 22 . In the early stages there is no doubt Bottas was faster than Massa. who was guilty of not defending as well as he might. Both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have under-performed in 2015 and regardless of whose fault the opening lap clash at Silverstone was both deserve having their heads banged together until they see sense. He slipped to second as Felipe Massa catapulted off the line. High attrition once again saw McLaren take a points paying postion. From a team perspective it made sense to leave its two drivers as they were. It's battling Force India in the constructors championship and given the Silverstone-based team debuted a new car . By the time he'd charged out of his pit box. A blistering lap following his pitstop saw Hamilton leapfrog both Bottas and Massa after the first round of stops. only to lose it at the restart. so perhaps they'd PARTNERS: >>> BRITAIN have fallen back anyway. the weather and even a hard-charging teammate to win in Silverstone. Instead the team was indecisive and that is what ultiamtely cost the team the lead. He went wheel-to-wheel with Valtteri Bottas.Lotus simply has to maximise its chances. Hamilton had timed his stop perfectly. Whether it was his or the team's call makes little difference and should go some way to repay Hamilton for the calamity that was Monaco. As he trundled into the pit lane. Rosberg who seemed more at home in the rain. Mercedes were left to out-smart Williams. both capable of running ahead of the Mercedes but Massa was not pulling away. While it would be unfair to say Felipe Massa cost the team victory his actions early in the race certainly minimised any chances the team had. slicing as much as two seconds a lap out of Hamilton's advantage before the Englishman made what was an inspired decision. So too do the two Williams drivers. Although Bottas had got by Hamilton at the restart following the safety car intervention for the first lap crash. Rosberg blasted by into the lead. if not the race. When the rain came any pace in the car disappeared. At the time it seemed Hamilton had cost himself victory. was working well but under his rear wheels there was no traction. a pair of fiesty Williams'. first and second.which looked both mean on track and competitive . from which point it seemed only a matter of time before Nico Rosberg found a way through. on intermediate tyres. the weather had changed once again. The Williams pitwall needed to release Bottas and use Massa as a stop-gap to help give Bottas the advantage he needed to spring clear.F1 It was anything but straightforward for Lewis Hamilton as he overcame a poor start. Hamilton had predicted his fate at the start as he pulled away on the formation lap. Fernando Alonso's first for the team GPWEEK. His revised clutch. the poorest of results imaginable at a time when it needs to score points. as he did when the skies opened.

five cars which could realistically have been expected to finish ahead of the McLaren's. Sauber has fallen back as the year has worn on.and move ahead of both Williams in the process on the other side a string of poor strategy calls cost Kimi Raikkonen dearly.which he described as his best in Formula . so there is some measurable improvement from McLaren that a team which ran in the points in Melbourne at round one was behind it at Silverstone. as did Daniel Ricciardo . Its cars were only 1. That's been less than trivial this season. Raikkonen was one of the few to gamble during the first shower.moved him into fifth before the German was caught out with the rain late in the race and had to do an extra lap on slick tyres. to finish first. Vettel remains a looming threat should Ferrari get its act together consistently. Alonso was ahead of Marcus Ericsson though. which clearly showed progress around such a long lap they boasted. 59 points off Hamilton while Mercedes now has more points than Ferrari and Williams combined in the constructors championship. Alonso was running at the finish and that is a start. While on one side of the garage Sebastian Vettel mirrored Hamilton's strategy to stop at the ideal time .F1 since the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix (where he was third). Still. The Brazilian was a non-starter as a result. somewhat predictably it must be said. Ferrari had a race of mixed fortunes. Sergio Perez too waited too long as lost >>> BRITAIN out as a result. with Nico Hulkenberg spending the first part of the race ahead of Raikkonen on pure pace. Victory for Hamilton moves him 17 points clear of Rosberg at the head of the championship with ten races remaining.5 seconds off the time set by Mercedes in the opening qualifying stanza.com // 23 . There are extremely positive signs at Force India as both its drivers finished in the points. first one needs to finish after all. McLaren had been bouyed by what it saw as an upturn in performance in Silverstone. Sauber's woes began even before the race with Felipe Nasr rolling to a halt on Hanger Straight on his way to the grid with a gearbox issue. By the time the second shower arrived and intermediates were the preferred rubber it was too late for the Finn. To suggest then that points were deserved would be PARTNERS: stretching things too far. but still both Force India's were in the points for the second consecutive race. GPWEEK. A strong start from Hulkenberg . and that owed nothing to attrition. stopping for intermediate tyres and struggling for pace as a result. despite qualifying on the penultimate row of the grid. Both Toro Rossos and Lotus' retired.

430 1:34. Verstappen went slower than his final practice best at a time when you’d expect him to go faster. But in qualifying something happened to Verstappen.819 1:34. Verstappen simply had no pace.502 1:34.542 1:33. They were different gearbox issues to those which halted him on track on Friday. Interestingly Grosjean was fastest through the speed trap 20kph faster than both McLaren drivers who both qualified on GPWEEK.868 1:34.877 1:34.693 1:33.562 1:33. When both he and Carlos Sainz had been comfortably in the top ten.888 1:34.475 1:32. He said as much himself.364 1:39.943 1:34. the Toro Rosso’s were fast. but from where he’d been to where he ended Saturday afternoon was night and day. but nonetheless the German managed only a few flying laps in the dying stages of practice to prepare for qualifying.207 1:37. even with gearbox problems.649 1:34. surprisingly so. He was more than two tenths off Romain Grosjean.149 1:33. Lewis Hamilton’s British Grand Prix turned around.F1 QUALIFYING >>> BRITAIN FORMULA 1 Round 9 BRITISH GP – Qualifying Pos Driver Team Q1 Lewis Hamilton 1 2 Nico Rosberg 3 Felipe Massa Valtteri Bottas 4 5 Kimi Raikkonen Sebastian Vettel 6 7 Daniil Kvyat 8 Carlos Sainz 9 Nico Hulkenberg 10 Daniel Ricciardo Sergio Perez 11 12 Romain Grosjean 13 Max Verstappen 14 Pastor Maldonado 15 Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr 16 17 Fernando Alonso 18 Jenson Button 19 Will Stevens 20 Roberto Merhi 1:33. He was fastest in both Friday sessions. comparatively. and seemingly had no answers. On Friday the Englishman was nowhere.085 1:34. At that point Nico Rosberg seemed to hold all the cards.422 1:33.272 1:33.426 1:33.020 1:33.362 Mercedes Mercedes Williams Williams Ferrari Ferrari Red Bull Toro Rosso Force India Red Bull Force India Lotus Toro Rosso Lotus Sauber Sauber McLaren McLaren Manor Manor Q1 107% Time Q2 Q3 LAPS 14 14 21 19 19 18 22 19 21 20 14 9 14 16 13 7 8 9 9 8 What difference a day makes Between Friday and Saturday.636 1:24. His advantage over Rosberg was slender. That pace will have been upsetting for Ferrari. At a time when Toro Rosso had some dreaming of a second row start.250 1:34.511 1:34.911 1:33. but few could have predicted the Mercedes would be eight tenths quicker than the two Williams.379 1:33. Still. Silverstone is one of the longest circuits of the year. and not with a time that made him unlucky to be knocked out in the session part of the session.643 1:34. In truth.707 1:33. He ended the session just 13th fastest.673 1:34.594 1:33. The Dutchman was as confused as everyone else and complained bitterly of a lack of traction. Nico Hulkenberg described their car as planted as he following one of the Toro Rosso drivers through Copse.737 1:32.646 1:34.268 1:34.796 1:33.959 1:35.071 1:33. Had it been a trouble free run up to qualifying it’s entirely plausible that both Mercedes would have been further ahead still.361 1:34. Whatever it was Mercedes found on Friday night made all the difference.547 1:34.641 1:34.171 1:33. The Grove team has a habit of keeping a low profile up to qualifying. mostly those at Toro Rosso. Rosberg continued to have gearbox problems in final practice and had limited running as a result. Williams quietly set about the job at hand and only showed its pace on Saturday afternoon.068 1:32. the pair locked out the front row with Hamilton ahead – to the delight of the partisan crowd – and comfortably so.248 1:33. He was slow and he was lost. no matter what Max Verstappen and co might have thought.749 1:33.377 1:40. Hamilton was PARTNERS: fastest in final practice and took that pace into qualifying. Around a blustery old airstrip 'planted' is a solid foundation on which to build.com // 24 .641 1:33.520 1:33. which most would have agreed looked the second strongest. so larger gaps were expected on the grid.

trailing only Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.   1 – Lewis Hamilton surpasses Sebastian Vettel and moves into 3rd on the all-time poles list with #46 this weekend. Rosberg though was banking on the fact that the last two times he’d started from second he went on to win the race. although still far slower than Ayrton Senna25 th nd . especially as Williams looked to have the edge on Ferrari. Pole position for Hamilton moved the Englishman past Sebastian Vettel in the all-time poles list. McLaren though continued beating its chest – Alonso was just 1. Hamilton now sits third with 46. The Spaniard managed it even with a coolant leak in his car. which is a positive of sorts around a long circuit like Silverstone. It has GPWEEK.F1 QUALIFYING 2015 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX   the penaultime row of the grid.5 seconds slower than the fastest time in Q1. so hopes were high of another solid result. McLaren gambling to send him out knowing of the problem but not having time to find or fix it. While McLaren’s rough season continues there was cause for celebration at Williams. 10 fewer than Michael Schumacher. Valtteri Bottas raced to second place last year after starting outside the top ten. For the first time since Juan-Pablo Montoya was on pole in 2002 it had a car in the top PARTNERS: 52 LAPS >>> BRITAIN ROUND 9/19 2015 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION three.com // taken him 157 races to reach that mark.

“I was allowed to race Felipe. “We waited one lap longer on the second stop which is where we lost the opportunity to be on the podium.” he said. and I didn't want to make any mistakes. “In some ways it was an incredibly frustrating race. The pair had jumped well. Well short. “The pace we showed throughout this weekend was great.” Massa explained. Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ultimately faded to finish fourth and fifth at Silverstone. Team orders instructed Bottas not to challenge Massa at the head of the race. but it was hard to get through. “We have to have a look the race data and make sure we continue to learn from this. “There were a few moments in the race where things didn't go our way.” Both Massa and Bottas struggled when conditions changed. Massa charging into the lead by the first turn before Bottas moved underneath Lewis Hamilton at the restart to make it a Williams 1-2. by which point the opportunity had gone. Despite the hopes of many that the Grove team might go on to win its first British Grand Prix since 1997 it's effort PARTNERS: fell short. and others it was very pleasing.” Bottas only narrowly clung on to fifth after coming under pressure from Daniil Kvyat in the final lap. we had a stunning race up until the rain came. “I had a fantastic start and we were fighting with Mercedes the whole time. But from there the race fell apart.” confessed the team’s head of performance Rob Smedley afterwards. despite the Finn clearly being the faster of the two. “It was a shame to lose positions in the rain. Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes was able to pass them both while an overly cautious strategy allowed Sebastian Vettel to take third for Ferrari. His protestations prompted a backflip by the team.” he added. though afterwards he was more interested in understanding why he’d not been allowed to use his extra pace in the early stages. That shower also highlighted the car's weakness in the wet.F1 >>> BRITAIN Missed Opportunity Having commanded the early part of the race. “It could even have been possible to win the race if it had stayed dry.com // 26 . ready to sieze his opportunity at the first round of stops and undercut both Williams drivers and take the lead. The Finn struggled desperately on the intermediate tyre late in the race.” GPWEEK. All the while Hamilton lay in wait.

an overzealous Daniel Ricciardo triggered the chain-reaction. as the field ploughed into turn three. spearing him into the side of teammate Jenson Button. Alonso locked his rear brakes. With the safety car out to clear the debris the Alonso was able to catch back up to the back of the pack despite a slow stop. there was no way I could have done anything else. so I had to stop.” Trying to avoid the crashing Lotus’ ahead. “The impact turned the engine off. Fernando Alonso. “We had some problems right from the first corner with the two Lotuses that were fighting among themselves in a very aggressive way.F1 Cardinal Sin Not for the first time this season. According to the Frenchman. “Daniel must have thought his brakes PARTNERS: and tyres would be able to slow him better than they did. According to Romain Grosjean. and with high attrition went on to claim his first point of the season. was able to carry on. GPWEEK.” Button said.” >>> BRITAIN Alonso managed to escape with just a broken wing.com // 27 . the Red Bull was the catalyst that saw three cars eliminated on the opening lap with Grosjean. The Spaniard had a slightly different view. “My car jumped quite high and when I landed all systems shut down. anyway. which the team replaced at the end of the lap. Lotus’ grand prix was over soon after it begun -–and again it wasn't thier fault. the first braking zone of the lap.” he recalled. Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button all victims. “That caused the two McLarens to also make contact but I was more fortunate than Jenson because he had to retire on the spot while I could carry on. I was alongside Fernando and didn’t realise he wasn’t spinning but.” Grosjean explained. who was also involved in the scrap.

” boasted Verstappen on Thursday. with a very decent engine. Williams and even Mercedes. on some occasions. “After watching our data from Barcelona. “From then on.Reality Check A weekend that had started so well ultimately ended in disappointment for Toro Rosso. A throttle calibration problem was found overnight and big things were hoped for once again on Sunday but ultimately ended in the fence. will be fighting with Williams and. “When I compare high-speed performance. “I was able to escape from the crashes that happened in front of me. The young duo of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen ran towards the top of the timesheets during practice. running comfortably in P9 and waiting for the rain to arrive.” added Sainz. but as soon as I pitted for another set of tyres we picked up the pace and started to push. it was all going really well. “We look at GPS data after every session and compare ourselves with Ferrari. “I didn't have the best of starts. I'm convinced that this car.com // 28 . if we had the [Mercedes] engine.” explained the Spaniard.” All their optimism came to nothing however when both drivers failed to finish on Sunday. when Verstappen could do no better than PARTNERS: F1 >>> BRITAIN 13th. I wasn't able to reverse and my race ended there. “During the first stint I struggled a bit. only Mercedes was quicker than us. leading many to predict bright things come the race. I think we would be P2 [after Mercedes]. but when the race restarted after the Safety Car period I suddenly lost the rear of the car at Turn 2.” Sainz’s race was slightly longer but equally disappointing.” GPWEEK. It's a very frustrating way to end the weekend. The reality check really came on Saturday in qualifying. “Even though I only damaged the front wing a bit. with Ferrari. “We looked at the data and Turn 3 and Turn 9 in Barcelona.” Verstappen admitted. but suddenly my car just switched off and that was the end.

Red Bull 63.729 MERCEDES +10. Button 4. Force India 39. HELD BY SIR JACKIE STEWART SINCE 1970 (THIS IS HIS 18TH RACE LED IN A ROW) »»PEREZ HAS A FIRST POINTS FINISH AT SILVERSTONE SINCE 2011. Grosjean 17. Alonso 1 Constructors: Mercedes 371. Hulkenberg 24. Ricciardo 36. Lotus 29. Vettel 135. THIS IS HIS 21ST CONSECUTIVE RACE FINISH.com // 29 . Ferrari 211. and most you certainly didn’t know about the BRITISH GP! »»BOTTAS HAS ONLY FAILED TO SCORE ONCE THIS SEASON WHEN HE HAS STARTED THE RACE (MONACO).956s FERRARI +25. Nasr 16. ONLY EIGHT OF WHICH HAVE BEEN ON THE PODIUM »»MASSA HAS NOW FINISHED FOURTH ON THREE OCCASIONS AT SILVERSTONE IN HIS CAREER WITHOUT EVER BEING ON THE PODIUM PARTNERS: >>> BRITAIN FORMULA 1 Round 9 BRITISH GP Pos Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 RT RT RT RT RT RT NS COUNTRY Team TIME/LapS LEWIS HAMILTON NICO ROSBERG SEBASTIAN VETTEL FELIPE MASSA VALTTERI BOTTAS DANIIL KVYAT NICO HULKENBERG KIMI RAIKKONEN SERGIO PEREZ FERNANDO ALONSO MARCUS ERICSSON ROBERTO MERHI WILL STEVENS CARLOS SAINZ DANIEL RICCIARDO MAX VERSTAPPEN PASTOR MALDONADO ROMAIN GROSJEAN JENSON BUTTON FELIPE NASR GBR GER GER BRA FIN RUS GER FIN MEX ESP SWE ESP GBR ESP AUS NED VEN FRA GBR BRA MERCEDES 1:31:27. Sauber 21. Toro Rosso 19. ROSBERG AND VETTEL HAVE FINISHED ON THE PODIUM TOGETHER FIVE TIMES IN EIGHT PREVIOUS RACES THIS YEAR »»HAMILTON HAS NOW WON AT SILVERSTONE AS MANY TIMES AS JIM CLARK. Sainz 9. LITERALLY THEIR HOME RACE »»HAMILTON HAS BROKEN THE RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE RACES LED. IT IS ONLY THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR THAT BOTH FORCE INDIAS HAVE SCORED IN THE SAME RACE »»THIS IS ONLY THE FOURTH TIME THE BRITISH GP HAS BEEN WON FROM POLE SINCE 1997 »»MERCEDES ARE THE FIRST TEAM IN 62 YEARS TO GET TWO CARS ON THE PODIUM IN NINE CONSECUTIVE RACES. 1953 FRENCH GP) »»HULKENBERG SCORES POINTS IN A THIRD CONSECUTIVE RACE. Ericsson 5. Raikkonen 76.194 RED BULL +1:03. Perez 15. Williams 151.443s WILLIAMS +36. Kvyat 27.955 FORCE INDIA +1:18.839s WILLIAMS +1:03. Rosberg 177. TYING THE ALL-TIME F1 RECORD HELD BY FERRARI SINCE 1953 »»MASSA HAS A 42ND TOP FOUR FINISH SINCE THE START OF 2011.F1 Stat Wrap with Sean Kelly »»HAMILTON. THE LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK »»DANIIL KVYAT HAS ONLY THE SECOND TOP SIX FINISH OF HIS CAREER AND RED BULL'S 27TH CONSECUTIVE POINTS FINISH »»HAMILTON’S WIN CAME ON THE 62ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST-EVER WIN FOR A BRITISH DRIVER (MIKE HAWTHORN.744 FERRARI +1 lap FORCE INDIA +1 lap MCLAREN +1 lap SAUBER +1 lap MANOR +3 laps MANOR +3 laps TORO ROSSO DNF RED BULL DNF TORO ROSSO DNF LOTUS DNF LOTUS DNF MCLAREN DNF SAUBER PTS 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 »»ROBERTO MERHI AND WILL STEVENS GIVE MARUSSIA THEIR TWO BEST RESULTS OF THE YEAR IN 12TH AND 13TH »»RICCIARDO RETIRED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2015 »»NEITHER TORO ROSSO FINISHED FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 2015 (AFTER BAHRAIN) »»BOTH LOTUSES WERE OUT ON THE FIRST LAP FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON! (AUSTRALIA WAS THE OTHER ONE) »»MCLAREN HAVE LOST A CAR ON THE OPENING LAP AT EACH OF THE LAST TWO RACES Points – Drivers: Hamilton 194. Verstappen 10. Maldonado 12. Bottas 77. NIGEL MANSELL AND MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (3) – ONLY ALAIN PROST (5) HAS MORE Some facts you may have thought of. Massa 74. TYING FORCE INDIA'S BEST-EVER FINISH AT A BRITISH GP. McLaren 5 GPWEEK.

4 0 Hamilton’s race win came on the 62nd anniversary of Mike Hawthorn’s win at Reims in 1953. The discrepancy comes from Enzo Ferrari not entering his team for the 1960 US and 1966 British GPs. the most-ever starts by a driver in his home Grand Prix without doing so 1. on a much longer circuit PARTNERS: >>> BRITAIN Seconds – Fernando Alonso’s gap to the best Q1 time in Austria 900 The 2015 British GP saw the 900th start for a Ferrari engine in the world championship. while privateers entered Ferrari-powered Coopers each time GPWEEK. Clark (11) and Schumacher (22) have taken more Lewis Hamilton is now tied with Damon Hill for the second-longest streak of front row starts ever.532 1.com // 30 . but only the 898th for the constructor.533 Seconds – Fernando Alonso’s gap to the best Q1 time in Britain. in 1988-89) Km/h – The McLaren’s straightline speed deficit in the qualifying speed trap 3 Out of 4 – If Lewis Hamilton wins three out of the next four races he will exactly tie Ayrton Senna’s 41 wins in 161 career starts Out of 16 – Jenson Button has still never finished on the podium in the British Grand Prix. the first ever success for a British driver in a World Championship Grand Prix 17 8 Lewis Hamilton’s eighth career hat-trick moves him level with Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel. Only Ayrton Senna has ever had a longer run (24.THE NUMBERS 2002 F1 1953 The last time a Williams started in the top three at the British Grand Prix 20. Only Fangio (9).

as the Grove-based team seems now to be enjoying an increased level of competitiveness. but also in terms of fuel saving. An interesting feature without doubt. in particular featuring developments close to the endplates in terms of the upper flaps. increasing their efficiency. with the exception of Force India. following the design concept of the Mercedes front wing. doesn’t provide a relevant step up in terms of performance or rather efficiency – but instead. to reduce the turbulence generated. The area around the front wheels seems to be the one that grabs most attention at the moment. Another team that seems to be following the Mercedes front ends aero concept is Red Bull. the modifications are mainly concentrated in the area in front of the wheels. Even if the two front wings maintain conceptual differences. GPWEEK. since the start of the season. the sum of all these bits may help not just in small improvements in terms o f lap times. so to direct the airflow outwards. I mean that it is rather difficult. it is important to note that each progress made has to be evaluated in a wider scenario. as the drag reduction may help in this area. rather to build up the basis of a more competitive package for the next season. on a wholly uncompetitive car as the RB11. Of course. The aim of Ferrari engineers instead is rather more focused on raising up as much as possible the pace to catch the dominant Mercedes cars this season. and at the same time. the evolution of the main flap design means an accurate gain of additional downforce that. mainly basing it on PARTNERS: refinements rather than on huge visible changes. The top teams. makes this new solution look very close to the Mercedes one featured since the start of the season. By that. instead look to have followed a path of a step-bystep development. that could be absolutely fundamental on a track like Silverstone. it looks as if a common path has been taken. while at the same time trying to maintain Williams behind.com // 31 . but not primarily for a current engineering exercise. just how relevant such improvements can be. and vertical fins placed beside them. It is important to say that each of this evolutions. Having tested their latest version of their front wing featuring a different layout of the main flaps and an additional vertical fin placed beside the upper flaps assembly. tested at Spielberg after the Austrian GP. Furthermore a deeply revised main flap now features a sinuous trailing edge and an extended surface including the lower element towards the cars centerline. This kind of evolution featured both on the Ferrari and on the Red Bull.F1 TECHNICAL >>> BRITAIN TECHNICAL SMALL CHANGES AS TEAMS START TO LOOK TO 2016 PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor Micro developments seem to be the current trend in F1. proceeding in the detail refinement of the front end of the SF 15-T have even managed to reduce e the section of the onboard camera mountings on the side of the nose cone. thanks to the array of the revised upper flaps. Certainly the Milton Keynes engineers are producing many new parts. as for the front wing. The management of the turbulence generated by the front wheels seems capable of providing that extra amount of downforce. that differs car to car. judging from outside. taken individually. they introduced it here. This change. but on the performance side it didn’t change the dynamics too much of the car of the Silverstone-based squad. was one of the weak points of this car. at Silverstone. As for the Ferrari. as no additional drag was generated – instead it was actually reduced. which introduced the ‘nostril’ nose. Ferrari.

Seen at Silverstone PARTNERS: F1 >>> BRITAIN GPWEEK.com // 32 .

both Lotus drivers were eliminated on the opening lap. This turn three tangle also accounted for Jenson Button and left Fernando Alonso needing a new nose.PASSING SHOT For the second time this season. .

Lightning starts from both Williams drivers saw them catapulted to the front of the race. PASSING SHOT . Valtteri Bottas seizing the moment at the restart to pass eventual winner Lewis Hamilton.

PASSING SHOT .When the rain first began to fall. Kimi Raikkonen was one of the few to switch to intermediate tyres. His gamble backfired as he struggled for grip and dropped down the order.

PASSING SHOT A fast lap and a perfectly timed switch to intermediate tyres saw Lewis Hamilton come out on top at his home grand prix. . his second British GP win in succession.

PARTING SHOT .Next: Hungary! In 1992 the Hungarian Grand Prix marked the end of the world championship as a competition as Nigel Mansell sewed up the title for Williams.

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