Top ten pictures from the 2012 British Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures that tell the story of the British Grand Prix weekend.

Paul di Resta, Thursday press conference

Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2012

Paul di Resta was not pleased to begin his home Grand Prix weekend answering questions about why he’d split from manager Anthony Hamilton.

“I think everything?s been said that has to be said,” di Resta replied when asked about it in the press conference. “I confirm that we?re not working together. I think it?s been reported that we?re no longer working together, so that is the matter at the moment.”

Lewis Hamilton, Friday practice

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Silverstone, 2012

Very wet conditions on Friday meant teams kept their practice running to a minimum.

Lewis Hamilton acknowledged their support but it was destined to be a poor weekend for McLaren. He qualified and finished eighth while team mate Jenson Button only scraped into the points after going out in Q1.

Pedro de la Rosa, Saturday practice

Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, Silverstone, 2012

There was respite from the rain on Saturday morning. But the clouds were gathering as final practice drew to a close.

Nico Rosberg and Ross Brawn, Qualifying

Nico Rosberg, Ross Brawn, Silverstone, 2012

The rain returned with a vengeance during qualifying, forcing an interruption of over and hour and a half. Mercedes helped entertain the soaked crowd during the break.

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, Race day

Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Silverstone, 2012

Swapsies: Fernando Alonso, who collects examples of his rivals’ crash helmets, trades lids with former team mate Hamilton.

Romain Grosjean, British Grand Prix

Start, Silverstone, 2012

It didn’t go to plan for Romain Grosjean at the start again. As he looked around the outside of Hamilton he was passed on the inside by Di Resta. The pair made contact, and Grosjean had to pit for a new front wing.

Despite the delay he recovered to take an excellent sixth. But Di Resta’s weekend was ruined as he spun off with a puncture, suffering damage which put him out.

Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa, British Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Silverstone, 2012

Michael Schumacher was the cork in the bottle in the opening laps. But Felipe Massa eventually found a way past in time to take his best finish since 2010: fourth.

Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso, British Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Silverstone, 2012

Alonso started from pole position and led most of the way. But as his soft tyres began to fade in the final lap Mark Webber reeled him in and passed the Ferrari to score his second British Grand Prix win.

The two RB8s were running Red Bull’s ‘Faces for Charity’ livery, featuring thousands of photographs sent in by fans.

Podium, British Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Silverstone, 2012

The podium had a slick new look for the British Grand Prix. After the prize-giving the drivers were interviewed in front of the crowd by three-times champion Jackie Stewart.

Crowd, British Grand Prix

Crowd, Silverstone, 2012

The British Grand Prix spectators had endured dreadful weather and severe traffic problems in the build-up to the race. But they were out in force on Sunday and took to the track after the race had finished.

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50 comments on Top ten pictures from the 2012 British Grand Prix

  1. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 10th July 2012, 12:41

    Why was that person standing in front of Sebastian vettel?

  2. GeorgeTuk (@georgetuk) said on 10th July 2012, 13:06

    That picture of Lewis and Fernando is pretty telling, they seem to be pretty good friends now….

  3. Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 10th July 2012, 13:09

    What is that thing on Rosberg’s leg?

  4. Girts (@girts) said on 10th July 2012, 13:26

    This could be the perfect answer to almost any question asked in F1.

    “I think everything’s been said that has to be said. I confirm that we’re not working together. I think it’s been reported that we’re no longer working together, so that is the matter at the moment.”

  5. Absolutely lovely picture with Alonso and Lewis – body language shows respect, relax and calm, which has translated on the track in a good racing with no incidents as outcome.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th July 2012, 13:50

      @kiril-varbanov Pretty much. Their battle down into Brooklands made for pleasant watching, not cringe-worthy watching.

    • Maican Ionut (@ionutf1fanatic) said on 10th July 2012, 16:03

      Yep just lovely to see 2 former fiery rivals and maybe much more influenced by their team of the respective season to hate each other and now to swap their own crash helmets.This has to be something that became regularity in F1 of our days and to see less hate between drivers and more respect and racing duels.

    • topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 11th July 2012, 11:55

      I think both of them have grown up a bit and respect each other as two of the best drivers on the grid. Which is nice to see.

  6. bpacman (@bpacman) said on 10th July 2012, 13:33

    Good choice @keithcollantine on the Rosberg picture – considering the disappointing results for the British drivers, I think the pit lane Mexican wave was my highlight of the weekend! Good on Rosberg for being the only driver who got involved – although Caterham were by far the most enthusiastic team.
    The atmosphere amongst the crowd all weekend was fantastic given the weather & traffic.

  7. Michael Brown (@) said on 10th July 2012, 13:40

    I wonder if there will be a race when Hamilton will wear Alonso’s helmet and vice versa…

  8. Gill (@gill) said on 10th July 2012, 14:06

    Does Alonso collects other driver’s helmets ? I did not get @example@ as quoted by Keith.

  9. Clicked on link to page from Twitter.

    Saw first image.

    Fell over laughing.

  10. xeroxpt (@) said on 10th July 2012, 22:12

    Don’t like the new podium, it looks ridiculous plus the “champagnnnnnnnneee! bit” but the interviews bit its a really nice thing.

  11. The Limit said on 11th July 2012, 2:20

    I didn’t know Alonso collected the helmets of rival drivers. Abit like a red indian keeping the scalps of his victims lol.

  12. Oskar (@oskar) said on 11th July 2012, 9:49

    Paul, why so serious??

  13. lucy-marie said on 22nd July 2012, 19:43

    What a load of nonsence with the nonsense chaaaaaammmmmmmmpppppaaaannnnnnnngggggggeeeeee, treating us like a low grade reality TV crowd. Also what a load of nonsense having some unwanted person running in shoving a microphone in. Talk about unneeded and unwanted changes which demean the viewer and downgrade the professional image of Formula One. The new podium looks nice though. I also think having some awful corporate logo as a trophy is just bad taste especially considering the public distaste for that particular sponsorship section.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd July 2012, 20:03

      The ‘champagne’ thing is a bit cringeworthy but it’s not new, they’ve been doing it for years.

      having some unwanted person running in shoving a microphone in

      Couldn’t disagree more with this – how can anyone object to have two greats of the sport (Stewart and Lauda) interviewing the top three in front of the crowd? I think this is a terrific addition to the podium ceremony.

      I also think having some awful corporate logo as a trophy is just bad taste

      I’m with you on that one, they look terrible.

      • lucy-marie said on 22nd July 2012, 21:14

        The reason I am opposed to an interview on the podium is it is turning the hole thing into a media circus. The post race press conference was just fine for satisfying the media appetite fro asking the most stupid questions while the competitors are still whacked out after the race/ It also detracts from the podium ceremony which should be just that a podium ceremony and not a media to do. The be all and end all of the worst thing that could happen is Eddie Jordan jumping up and asking his dulcet rubbish.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd July 2012, 21:33

          it is turning the whole thing into a media circus

          All it’s done is moved the first part of the press conference interview out of a back room and onto the podium where the fans at the track can see it. Which I think is great and adds to the experience of going to an F1 race.

          • lucy-marie said on 22nd July 2012, 22:28

            I though turn the channel over when the wally runs on to the podium.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd July 2012, 22:37

          Actually I think that today Niki Lauda made no qualms of asking Vettel exactly the question I bet 80% of people wanted to hear the answer to. The one to Alonso was a nice one as well, and Alonso’s answered that one perfectly.
          Button got a bit out of tone with telling Niki he would not talk about the penalty, but good of him to thank the crow, I think. Apart from the champagne cry moment and being a tad sad about electronic flags, the only thing wrong with the podiums really is this horrible logo they get handed instead of a decent trophy.

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