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Formula One | Great Britain, Silverstone

QUALLY: So the qually was quiet interesting. It was dry, it rained, it rained some more. And then you have a qually with out of place drivers/teams. The high and low points in order of happening: Caterham could have done a solid job when it started to rain. But they were to late in switching with the tyres. Williams had the same issue, waited to long to switch. And when they did it started to rain again. Ferrari was the most desperate thing to see. They had done solid, but it wasn't enough. So that's three teams in the back. With one obvious one. Then Q2: Marussia was on the right way. But the rain didn't continue enough. So they ended up in P12 and P13. With Lotus and Sauber around them. Sutil even without a time. Because he went off, just after Guiterrez flew off. (Lateron which drivers were affected by it / the penalty's). Q1 saw the following: Toro Rosso in the back, without much time on track. Ricciardo in the back. Force India on P4 and P7. Hamilton missing out on pole, with stopping on a great lap. McLaren with a solid home-turf performance. And Button even on P3. Vettel on P2 and Rosberg on P1.

OTHER: Susie Wolff had a free practice at Williams. But the car was not great and had an issue. So early stop for her unfortantly. Before and after QUALLY there were a couple of penalty's. Which meant some strange order. Both Caterhams had not reached the 107% rule. Which meant forced to the back. Even with others getting a penalty. Guiterrez had a 10 place drop for the unsafe release in Austria. And another 5 for a gearbox change. Chilton drops 5 places, for this weekends gearbox change. Maldonado was excluded from the results for problems with the fuel tank (not enough for needed FIA sample). On Wednesday/Thursday there was news about Caterham. It is now owned by a swiss/eastern colaboration. With C. Albers (former dutch DTM and F1 driver) as team principal. Ecclestone had the great idea to skip Monza from 2016 and beyond. I guess that proposal won't make it. Monza is one of the finest tracks. Sometimes it's boring. But not last year and the year before that... And last but certainly not least: Massa raced his 200th Grand Prix this weekend... Altough raced...

RACE: ...The race saw an early SC and not much later Red Flag for the crash between Raikkonen and Massa. Raikkonen went of a couple of corners in to the first lap and came on the dirty part before he hit a bump in the grass and came across the track in a certainly not meant way. Massa was the one who bumped into him, when Raikkonen came back on track and to a hold. Both of them fine. But Raikkonen must rest instead of driving the test in a couple of days. After the guard rail was repaired the Red Flag situation was over. The rest of the race saw no rain. But enough fights, even in the front. Bottas was close to a winning position even (and that from the back), but couldn't pass the Mercedes of Rosberg. Button had a bad start and couldn't convert the P3 in a solid podium. Vettel had also a bad start and couldn't catch up. Alonso did well as well, coming from the back to P6. Force India lost places, and couldn't make a profit in Silverstone. And Rosberg started to fall down, and coming on the radio about a gearbox issue around lap 30. A few laps later it was done, without drive... Which meant Hamilton was back on top again, since quiet a long time. And he didn't gave it away. He was also in there already even if Rosberg could continue. He was catching him quick. Other suprises ? Magnussen did a solid move on P7. And Toro Rosso didn't improve but didn't loose as well.

OTHER (2): For the next race Guiterrez has a 3 places drop for the odd overtaking on Maldonado. They did came across each other in Bahrain earlier this season. And now it was the other way around. Revenge ? It doesn't seemed that way. But it's quiet a similair circumstance. The podium saw: Hamilton, Bottas and Ricciardo...