Alonso loses lead in final laps whilst the old Massa returns

8 Jul

Driver Ratings, GB 12, Pt.1, Caterham Ferrari and Force India

Heikki Kovalainen: 5/10 Q20 S19 F17

In the past Week Heikki has had lots of people talking about him driving for a quicker team next year but his race today will have silenced all that talk. It was average at best and it was hardly surprising the only drivers Kovalainen finished ahead of were the Marussias and HRTs, not a good race for the Finn.

Vitaly Petrov: 6/10 Q19 DNS

It had been a promising race for Vitaly, he qualified ahead of Kovalainen which hasn’t happened often this year. Sadly Vitaly never made it to the grid an engine problem on his way round.

Fernando Alonso: 9/10 Q1 S1 F2

It was an inspirational call for Alonso to start on the hard tyres, which were faster than the softs this weekend which saw him fly off at the start, and he would have finished that way had he done two extra laps a stint on the harder tyres. As it was he was found waning on the softer tyres and Webber overtook late on to record his 2nd British GP victory.

Felipe Massa: 9/10 Q5 S5 F4

It was a sublime weekend for a driver who’s regularly struggled in recent years, qualifying 5th (his highest this year) will have been a big boost, he was brave on the first lap going round the outside of Vettel but he suffered behind Schumacher and he’ll feel that if he could have cleared Schumacher earlier he could have been on the podium, as it was Massa pulled a great move on Schumacher. Sadly Massa’s first stop was a bit too late letting Vettel through and it was a good race for 4th place Massa.

Paul Di Resta: 6/10 Q11 S10 F ret.

Sadly for Paul it’s now two home GPs two retirements, this time after a small racing incident with Romain Grosjean which saw Paul pick up a puncture which forced him to retire on lap 2, Paul will just be hoping that he’ll perform better in Hungary.

Nico Hulkenburg: 7/10 Q9 S14 F12

Was unlucky to receive a 5 place grid penalty for a gearbox change but ‘the Hulk’ impressed during the race running in the points for most of the race. Sadly his tyres petered off at the end and a bag first corner to the final lap saw him slip from 9th to 12th.

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