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Vettel beats Alonso to 5th after classic fight at Silverstone

Jul 6, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

Britain F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso treated fans watching today’s British Grand Prix to an epic battle on track even though they were only fighting for fifth position.

The two drivers have six world championships between them, and this showed as they tussled for position throughout the race at Silverstone.

After the race was red flagged following Kimi Raikkonen’s crash on lap one, Red Bull opted to switch Vettel to the hard tire for the restart. On the slower compound, he struggled, allowing Alonso to make a brave pass on the entry to Copse and move ahead on the mediums.

However, the thinking behind Red Bull’s decision became clear as the race developed. With 15 laps to go, Vettel closed on Alonso and began to hound him for fifth position. The Spaniard bravely defended around the final complex of corners, infuriating Vettel who claimed that they were close to crashing.

Vettel continued to apply pressure, but Alonso would just not yield. Both drivers reported each other to FIA race director Charlie Whiting, with Alonso accused of being too aggressive and Vettel apparently exceeding track limits. Thankfully, no action was taken and the two drivers were able to juke it out on track.

Following many whining radio calls, Vettel eventually found a way past heading into Copse and crossed the line in fifth place.

“It felt very close with Fernando,” Vettel said after the race. “Maybe a bit too close! It got a bit silly when we both started to complain about the other going off track; I don’t think the people care too much if the car is a little bit to the left or the right.

“I got the message that I should respect the limits and that he was complaining, so I was doing the same thing. I’m not sure who won the list keeping. I think twice it was maybe a bit too harsh into turn six, but it was good to get the move at the end.

“I expected to get third today, the pace was there but the strategy wasn’t right. I’m looking forward to my home race in Germany; it’s always special to race there.”

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Someone needs to sit Vettel down and tell him to shut his poie hole when he’s fighting with another driver on track.

    Alonso did the same thing to Shumacher many years ago at Monza and Michael never had the benefit of the DRS system to get him past.

    Never did you hear a peep on the radio from Mr.Schumacher.

    They just fought it out ,laughed about later probably and when on their separate ways.

    That said,congrats to Vettel for finally having a good day.

    I just wished you had’nt whined like a little beotch lap after lap after lap while you were doing it.

  2. thefutureofoil - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Was a great battle. Funny how Vettel thinks everyone should move over for him. Still, Riccardo beat him again.

  3. fuzzie35215 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    David Hobbs on the Vettel Alonso thing – …” Daddy, he didn’t leave me any room, daddy “

    • jezza819 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Hobbs, “He’s going to get his dad to go beat up Alonso’s dad”.

  4. techmeister1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    It’s interesting to note the constant whining by Vettel and how even the broadcast crew finds it unacceptable from Sebastian. As noted Vettel still thinks people should just get out of his way because Newey has created another excellent car. Somebody forgot to tell Vettel his teammate is proving Seb ain’t the golden boy his team made him out to be. Alonso schooled Vettel quite well on driving today. It’s a pity Ferrari’s car is so uncompetitive – again this year.

  5. testover6370 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    The whining cast a shadow over what otherwise was a truly epic battle. I’m glad Hobbs didn’t shy away from mocking Vettel for it.

  6. bigriverjimmy - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Love the Vettle/RB haters. Alonso was whining also about Vettle. do you people even watch the race?Alonso was crying about Vettle going over the line while Alonso was doing the same. Half of these drivers are crybabies. Lewis is one of the biggest. if you watched the F1 extra after the race they were making fun of Alonso and Team Ferrari also.

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