Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the British Grand Prix weekend.
Susie Wolff made history by becoming the first woman to participate in an F1 race weekend in over 20 years when she drove for Williams on Friday. The star on her crash helmet was a tribute to Maria de Villota, the former Marussia driver who died in October after losing an eye in a crash while testing for the team in 2012.
Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Vijay Mallya
Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya and his drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez pose with cars from the team’s history – early Force Indias plus examples of Spyker and Jordan F1 cars from the team’s former identities.
For their home race Marussia had the names of all the team’s staff printed on the flanks of their cars. In the wet qualifying conditions both drivers made it into Q2 but Max Chilton, above, was moved back five places due to a gearbox change penalty. Team mate Jules Bianchi achieved his and the team’s highest ever grid slots.
Kamui Kobayashi, Saturday
Water streams off Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham in the wet conditions on Saturday.
Sebastian Vettel, Saturday
Silverstone produced the fourth wet qualifying session of the year and once again Red Bull took advantage. Sebastian Vettel put his car on the front row of the grid.
Jenson Button, Saturday
Jenson Button often thrives in slippery conditions and Saturday was no exception – third on the grid was the best so far this year for McLaren. He wore a pink helmet in memory of his father John, who died earlier this year.
There was no shortage of historic cars in action and on display at Silverstone’s 50th British Grand Prix. Adrian Newey no doubt spotted a few areas where the aerodynamics of this March 711 could be improved.
Valtteri Bottas, British Grand Prix
Qualifying was a disaster for Williams: both drivers were knocked out in Q1 after failing to take advantage of the brief window when the track conditions were at their best. However Bottas made rapid progress from 14th on the grid on lap one, and passed rival after rival to finish in second place.
Behind him at the start Perez has already spun off (far left) after contact with Jean-Eric Vergne, and Kimi Raikkonen behind (obscured by Bianchi’s Marussia) is about to run off the track, triggering the crash which stopped the race for an hour.
Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, British Grand Prix
Another driver who lost out in Q1 was Fernando Alonso. He also made quick progress towards the front including passes on two cars on lap six.
He had already relegated Daniil Kvyat when he took advantage of Daniel Ricciardo’s delay behind Hulkenberg to pass the Red Bull driver as well. But Ricciardo got back ahead during the pits stops and stayed there, finishing third, while Alonso battled furiously with the other Red Bull.
Lewis Hamilton, British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton gave the Silverstone crowd its first local winner since 2008, when he last won his home race.
But he was not impressed with the quality of the red trophy he was given on the podium, which was provided by a sponsor and had been designed by a competition winner. “The trophies that we have nowadays, whilst it’s a real privilege being on top of the podium, my one fell to pieces,” he said. “The bottom fell off the one we just had. It’s plastic, it must cost ten pounds!”
Hamilton was later presented with the traditional British Grand Prix winner’s cup, the gold Motor Sports Association trophy.
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