Formula 1 - Race 8 Silverstone, England

June 24th 2009 - With this looking to be the last ever Formula 1 race at the famous old track of Silverstone, hopes were high that one of Britain’s drivers would walk away with a victory. With their drivers being the reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and current world championship leader Jenson Button, it was looking to be a likely result. However, after the qualifying nothing seemed further from the truth. Hamilton qualified in a miserable 19th and Button only managed a 6th placing.

Qualifying was Red Bulls chance to shine and shine they did. Sebastian Vettel picked up his 2nd pole in a row with a time of 1:19:509 and Mark Webber picked up 3rd place. Brawn will be happy though with Rubens Barrichello splitting the two Red Bull cars with his 2nd placing. Jarno Trulli of Toyota picked up 4th place and, in a small surprise, Williams qualified either side of Button by picking up 5th and 7th place. This of course left Ferrari with another dismal qualifying result with 9th and 11th.

The race went even better for Red Bull than the qualifying, with Vettel leading from start to finish and Webber improving by one place to make it a one-two finish for the team. Barrichello lost one place but picked up another podium for the year in 3rd and, for the first time this season, Button didn’t make it onto the podium and finished where he qualified in 6th place.

Ferrari improved on their bad qualifying with a 4th and 8th finish, which meant Toyota and Williams picked up the remaining points positions. With still a long season to come, this result has shown that Brawn, and Button, can’t relax at the top of the table.

With the current drama of the 2010 season unfolding, there is now talk that Silverstone may yet end up being the host of the English Grand Prix next year as the new course may not be ready by then. Also the FIA is threatening legal action against the teams who want to split into another competition, and those teams are threatening legal action back at the FIA. So lots of dramas in F1 right now and only time will tell how this story will end.

Race 9 is in 3 weeks time on 12th July in Nurburgring, Germany.