The start of the race saw an incident involving Scott Speed, Ralf Schumacher and Mark Webber, which eventually forced all three to retire. The incident started with Scott getting a reasonable start in his V10-restricted Toro Rosso, and he managed to draw along side the Toyota of Schumacher. In an attempt to pass around the outside, the two cars made contact and Ralf’sToyota was pitched into the Williams of Webber, who had nowhere to go.
The main three lead away in formation, and again at the restart after the safety car pulled in after Webber’s Williams and Schumacher’s Toyota were removed from the circuit. The restart was a little contentious as Alonso backed the field up more than usual in his attempts to out-do the
The only major change of position came after the second pit stop where Schumacher, who was behind Raikkonen at the time, pitted first and gave the impression his race for second was over. However, an electrifying out lap which gave two purple sectors (fastest times) allowed the German champion to take Raikkonen’s place despite a similarly timed pit stop by the McLaren crew on the next lap for Kimi. Needless to say, this sort of pace from the Ferrari was unexpected as Schumacher appeared to be ‘just hanging on’ to the McLaren.
Giancarlo Fisichella had a bit of a quiet afternoon and didn’t really trouble the leaders too much. He finished fourth and was chasing down Kimi Raikkonen in the final ten laps, but unfortunately it was a case of too little too late.
Juan Pablo Montoya completed race distance and finished sixth despite carrying a hole in his right sidepod after an earlier incident on lap one. This hindered the balance of the McLaren and allowed the
Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villeneuve finished in the final points paying positions, the German getting the better of the Canadian just like he did in qualifying. It was a strong afternoon for the BMW Saubers, and their perormance at Silverstone will be encorouging for the team when they head to other fast circuits like Hockenheim, Monza and Suzuka.
Nico Rosberg drove well, and his Cosworth power plant managed race distance this time. Unfortuantely, the sensational young driver was only eigth tenths away from eighth place on the last lap, but it was certainly another good weekend for Rosberg.
The biggest let down was probably Rubens Barrichello, who after qualifying in sixth, seemed to go backwards in the race. Barrichello bought his Honda home in tenth.
All in all, a fairly boring British Grand Prix. There wasn’t much overtaking and the pace didn’t exactly set the track on fire. But it was nice to see Fernando take his first British win in