Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has won the British Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber – landing his 27th career victory.
The Spaniard, who won at Silverstone in 2006, took advantage of a costly pit-stop from championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who surrendered his commanding early race lead in the 27th lap due to a wheel-nut problem and finished behind Alonso in second.
Vettel had to fight off team-mate Mark Webber, the 2010 Silverstone winner, before he was instructed to break off the attack, while Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren was fourth in a race to the line ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.
Vettel, who had led from the start until a faulty wheelnut slowed him at his second pitstop, extended his overall lead over Webber to 80 points from a previous 77.
Hamilton provided most of the initial action, making very rapid progress from his disappointing 10th on the grid to attack Felipe Massa’s Ferrari for fourth within a handful of laps.
Michael Schumacher triggered the move to slicks tyres somewhat accidentally when he slithered into Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber on lap 10 and had to pit for a new front wing on his Mercedes, taking on dry rubber at the same time.
Paul di Resta was let down by his pit crew and finished his first British Grand Prix down in fifteenth place and Jenson Button had to retire from the race after one of his tyres was not fitted properly during a pit stop.