Another double podium for Renault RS27 engine in British Grand Prix
Two Renault RS27 engines finished in the top three in yesterday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Red Bull Racing-Renault’s Sebastian Vettel secured second position behind winner Fernando Alonso, with Mark Webber third, giving the RS27 a total of 16 podium finishes so far this season. Lotus Renault GP’s Nick Heidfeld had a strong race to eighth, giving Renault engines three of the top ten positions.
Vitaly Petrov brought the second Lotus Renault GP home in 12th position, just 1.5secs from the points, however, Team Lotus had a double DNF.
Sebastian Vettel maintains his lead in the drivers’ championship, with an 80 point lead over Mark Webber in second. Red Bull continues to lead the constructors’ title race, with 328 points to McLaren’s 218. Lotus Renault slips to fifth, three points behind Mercedes.
Key race weekend points:
Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing-Renault locked out the front row for the second consecutive race, with Webber taking pole ahead of Vettel. Vettel had a better start off the line and built up a lead of around six seconds before the first round of pit stops when the circuit was sufficiently dry to change to slick tyres. Vettel maintained his lead, but a slow second stop due to a faulty rear jack dropped him behind Alonso and Hamilton. The German re-passed Hamilton for second during his third stop, but then faced a stern challenge from team-mate Webber in the closing laps of the race. After losing out to Vettel at the start, Webber kept Alonso behind until his first stop for slick tyres, after which he then closed the gap to Vettel to just over one second. His second stop was also slow but after a third stop the Australian was back behind Hamilton in fourth. A great move saw him pass the Brit for third and he closed to within one second of Vettel to secure his second consecutive podium.
Lotus Renault GP
A disappointing qualifying saw Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld start the race in 14th and 16th respectively. The race got underway in challenging conditions, with some parts of the track completely drenched but others relatively dry by comparison, but a great start from Heidfeld put him into 13th, with Petrov 14th. After a long battle with the Saubers and Toro Rossos, Heidfeld battled up to 8th at the close of the Grand Prix with Petrov 12th. Heidfeld is now eighth in the drivers’ championship with 34 points, while Petrov is ninth with 31.