Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Silverstone, 2012

Top ten pictures from the 2012 British Grand Prix

F1 picturesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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