VIP Result at British Grand Prix
We had a wonderful time hosting our VIP customers during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, but while we were hard at work entertaining, a few metres away the drama of an excellent F1 race was taking place. Here is our blog…
Soggy Silverstone Saturday
The 2014 Grand Prix at Silverstone was all at once a disaster and a triumph for teams and drivers alike.
It began badly during a rain affected qualifying with both Ferrari and Williams unable to proceed beyond the first period.
Then, at the end of qualifying, Lewis Hamilton thought he had it in the bag, returned to the pits early only to find a drying track gave his opponents more speed pushing the Mercedes driver into sixth on the grid and bringing Jenson Button up to third. How would it develop…
Calamity with Kimi
From the very beginning on Sunday, Ferrari looked all but down and out. Fernando Alonso was at 14th position on the grid and on the first lap, Kimi Raikkonen had a terrible spinning crash which wiped him out of the race.
Williams’ Felipe Massa, fresh from success in Austria, attempted to take evasive action but he too, was caught in the fallout, spelling potential despair for the British team.
A red flag was issued following the accident and the race was suspended for an hour on only the second lap.
The Red Flag to a Bull
As usual, Mercedes had got off to a flying start and looked to be the stand-out winners with the crowd expecting a tremendous tussle from team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, but when the race resumed, Rosberg struggled with his car and was eventually forced to retire due to technical issues.
With three of the front running teams now relying on only one driver, the race opened up and became a great spectacle to watch.
The power behind the Mercedes engine couldn’t be denied, though, and despite losing Rosberg and Massa, Hamilton and Bottas in the remaining Williams, managed to clinch first and second place respectively.
It is a happy day indeed for British motor racing when a British driver wins his home GP, and a British team cruises in second, with Jenson Button missing out of fourth by seconds.
However Red Bull managed to hang in there and Daniel Ricciardo pushed for third place, followed closely by a dogged Jenson Button, pushing the McLaren for all it was worth.
Red Bull were the top-scoring constructors’ team as Vettel came through in fifth, chased to the line by an outstanding performance from Fernando Alonso going solo for Ferrari, having gained 8 places from the starting grid.
And Now to Germany and Hockenheim
So, what does this result mean? Certainly, after Rosberg’s retirement and Hamilton’s decisive victory, Lewis is back in the running for the Driver’s Championship.
Red Bull are looking much more dangerous as the season continues, with two cars in the top five, and Williams, a team who last year were struggling to gain any points at all, have only gone from strength to strength in this 2014 season and are just three points behind Ferrari; it will be exciting to see if they can keep up the pace at Hockenheim.
Atlas Helicopters works closely with some of the major F1 GP teams, we even flew Lewis Hamilton to his first British GP as an F1 driver. You can read about it here.