Adrian Sutil finished in the points for the sixth race in a row and is now just one point between Michael Schumacher in the world championship.
But Vitantonio Liuzzi finished out of the points after collecting a penalty in qualifying.
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)
|Average race lap
Sutil was baffled by his inability to improve his lap time after switching to the soft tyre in Q2. That left him 11th on the grid.
He started on hard tyres with everyone on front of him on softs. Although he was able to stay fairly close to the cars in front the tyres wore out too quickly for him to be able to stay out much later than his rivals. Indeed, his lap 17 pit stop was earlier than that of some drivers who started behind him on soft tyres – such as Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg:
It was fun and quite an interesting race. We started on the hard tyre as we wanted to try a long stint at the start but it was not really possible as the tyres didn’t behave well at the beginning. I didn’t have enough grip on the car so we came in to do an early stop and go on the soft tyre, so really the opposite strategy to everyone else.
He made an excellent move on Michael Schumacher to take seventh place after the safety car came in, putting two wheels over the grass on the entry to Brooklands.
But he lost the place to Sebastian Vettel two laps from home having kept the Red Bull driver at bay for several laps. He wasn’t impressed at being barged aside by Vetel at The Loop:
It was good racing and I defended my position well against Vettel until the final lap, but then he just seemed to drive into me and I lost the racing line and had to move over. Otherwise I don’t think he would have got past me.
Was given a grid penalty for impeding Nico Hulkenberg during qualifying. Liuzzi came out of the pits ahead of the Williams driver and failed to let him past even though Hulkenberg was already on a flying lap.
He lined up 20th on the grid and it took until lap ten for him to get past both the Lotuses. But he gained several places through the pit stops and kept Fernando Alonso behind for much of the second half of the race. The pair banged wheels as Alonso finally got through but it left the Ferrari driver with a puncture.
Liuzzi eventually finished just outside the points in 11th:
We need to understand what happened in the first part of the race as with the hard tyres we had unbelievable understeer.
I couldn’t cope with the high speed corners and was really struggling to keep positions and a strong pace. We have to work it out as on the softer tyres we were performing very well and finished just a few hundredths from the points. Definitely without this issue we could have been in the points so we’ll look at it and understand.
We also still have an issue with the speed in the race but it was a great race overall and I always pushed 100% as you never know what can happen at the end.
2010 British Grand Prix