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British Grand Prix Qualifying Ferrari Take Fight to Red Bull

by F1Fan on July 10, 2010

Red Bull Racing dominated all three qualifying sessions today for the Britsih Grand Prix, finishing one two in each of the three knockout sessions. Only the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso even come close to matching the pace of Vettel and Webber and their Red Bull RB6 Chassis.

In the final all important qualifying session the Red Bull drivers were in a class of their own, the only two drivers to break the 1 minute 30 second barrier on the recently reconfigured Silverstone Circuit.

Even though Webber mistimed his final qualifying lap and failed to get in a second lap on the soft compound tires which typically gives the fastest lap time, assuming a no mistakes or traffic. His lap was still good enough for second place and was over 0.668 seconds faster than Webber’s closest competitor Fernando Alonso.

Vettel put in an absolutely perfect final lap beating his prior time by over a tenth of a second and setting fastest time of the day with a 1.29.615 to claim pole postion for the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row.

The Ferrari’s of both Alonso and Massa showed good pace during Practice, Q1 and Q2 but in the final session Massa lost some pace while Alonso was the quickest of the rest of the field.

British Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Vettel/Red Bull Racing2Webber/Red Bull Racing
3Alonso/Ferrari
4Hamilton/McLaren
5Rosberg/Mercedes GP6Kubica/Renault F1
7MAssa/Ferrari8Barrichello/Williams F1
9De La Rosa/BMW Sauber F110Schumacher/Mercedes GP
11Sutil/Force India12Kobayashi/BMW Sauber F1
13Hulkenberg/Williams F114Button/McLaren
15Liuzzi/Force India16Petrov/Renault F1
17Buemi/Toro Rosso18Alguersuari/Toro Rosso
19Kovalainen/Lotus Racing20Glock/Virgin Racing
21Trulli/Lotus Racing22Di Grassi/Virgin Racing
23Chandhok/HRT F1 Team24Yamamoto/HRT F1 Team
July 10, 2010
2010 F1 Season, Round 10, Silverstone Circuit

McLaren’s troubles carried over from Thursday practice and the team continued to struggle throughout morning practice and knock out qualifying. Even after working non stop overnight to remove the new “Blown Rear Diffuser” that had failed to deliver the performance improvements that McLaren had hoped for. Returning Button and Hamilton’s cars to their prior specification although using the new front wing failed to deliver much improvement. The lack of testing with this new configuration even with their test driver Paul Di Resta pulling an all night session in the track simulator back at McLaren’s headquarters to get downforce data on different wing settings proved to be the major problem. While Hamilton managed to extract some speed from the car and finish in fourth place on the grid he was still almost one second off of Vettels pace a massive margin in Formula One.

Jenson Button had less luck than his team mate continuing to struggle with lack of rear grip and was eliminated in the second qualifying session, managing only 14 place on the grid and pretty much ending any hopes of a good finish in front of the British fans that he was hoping for.

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