Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 22nd June 2009
VETTEL PILES ON THE PRESSURE
The fight for the Fomula One world championship is back on after a commanding performance by Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The 21-year-old German started from pole position on the softer-compound Bridgestone Potenzas and was never challenged on the way to his second win of the year and the third of his career.
Better still, teammate Mark Webber made it a 1-2 for Red Bull with another solid second place, while championship leader Jenson Button suddenly found himself among the also-rans, battling for an eventual sixth place.
Rubens Barrichello managed to salvage a podium for Brawn GP, but improvements to the Red Bull cars have them challenging Brawn's dominance as the teams head to the Nurburgring in Germany.
"We saw very hot pace from the Red Bulls in the cool weather conditions as they used the Bridgestone hard and soft tyre s very well indeed," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
"The best lap times of both Red Bull cars were over half a second faster than anyone else. The soft Bridgestone worked very well, especially after the second stint when there was more rubber down on the track. The hard Bridgestone did take longer to deliver its best lap time and we saw a number of illustrations of this as part of some interesting battles for position."
Almost unnoticed was reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, whose horror season continued with a lowly 16th placed finish at his home grand prix.
World championship standings:
| 1.|| Jenson Button ||Brawn GP ||64|
| 2.|| Rubens Barichello ||Brawn GP ||41|
| 3.|| Sebastian Vettel ||Red Bull||39|
| 4.|| Mark Webber||Red Bull||35.5|
| 5.|| Jarno Trulli ||Toyota||21.5|
| 6.|| Felipe Massa ||Ferrari||16|
TANDER MOVES INTO THIRD
Bridgestone-backed HRT Commodore drivers Will Davison and Garth Tander are now second and third in the V8 Supercars championship standings after a weekend of mixed results at Hidden Valley in Darwin.
Tander managed to finish fifth in the weekend's second race to jump to third in the standings as fellow Holden driver Michael Caruso celebrated his maiden V8 Supercars win.
Although championship leader Jamie Whincup had a rare off-day to finish tenth, he still managed to extend his lead over Davison who was involved in an incident late in the race and could only finish 18th.