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A Day At The Races For Two
The Euro 4 Car Challenge

Alonso wins for Ferrari at Silverstone Grand Prix

12 July 2011

Fernando Alonso took Ferrari's first win of 2011 with a stunning drive at a thrilling British Grand Prix.

The Spanish driver took the lead following a pit-stop problem for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel but Ferrari had genuine race-winning pace.

Vettel was left to fend off team-mate 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.

"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.

The Red Bulls appeared to be in control early on in the mixed conditions, with Vettel leading Webber, and Hamilton taking third from Alonso on lap 15 with a brilliant move at the fast Copse corner.

 

Alonso and Vettel came in on the same lap, 27, for their penultimate stops, and a delay fitting the left-rear wheel to the Red Bull enabled Alonso to pass Vettel in the pits and take the lead.

Vettel rejoined behind Hamilton and was unable to overtake him on the track as Alonso extended his lead with another run of impressive fastest laps, building it to 10 seconds by the time the Red Bull made its final pit stop.

The German managed to jump LewisHamilton, who came in on the next lap, but although Vettel was now second behind Alonso, the Ferrari continued to pull away to victory.

Vettel admitted that Ferrari had deserved their victory: "I think you have to accept fair and square Ferrari beat us today.

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