Friday, 16 December 2011

Fernando Alonso storms to Silverstone win


Fernando Alonso took Ferrari's first win of 2011 with a stunning drive at a thrilling British Grand Prix.The Spaniard took the lead following a pit-stop problem for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel but the Ferrari had genuine race-winning pace.Vettel was left to fend off team-mate Mark Webber, who was told to hold position by team boss Christian Horner.

Lewis Hamilton finished fourth, holding off Ferrari's Felipe Massa in an exciting last-lap duel."This isn't a gift to Ferrari," said BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard. "They've got to the lead of this race by merit."Jenson Button retired following a problem at his final pit stop, when he set off to rejoin the race without a wheel nut on his right front wheel and he had to stop in the pit exit.Vettel's race also turned on a pit error. The German took the lead at the start from Webber, who began from pole, as the drivers had to cope with tricky conditions on a track that was wet over half its length but dry over the other.

Vettel admitted that Ferrari had deserved their victory: "I think you have to accept fair and square Ferrari beat us today."There has been a bit of a trend over the last couple of races, they have been very strong on race days, so it shows us we need to keep pushing and improving the car."He added: "It would have been a tight race because Ferrari had very good pace. It was not just us being unlucky and finishing second because of a mistake. Fernando was very competitive."A delighted Alonso hailed his Ferrari colleagues as he spoke of his victory.

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