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British Grand Prix at Silverstone as it happened


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By David Ornstein

1) Hamilton 38.4%
2) Alonso 31.4%
3) Schumacher 6.9%

1545: Time for me to bring the Online curtain down on the 2011 British Grand Prix. Thank you for all your contributions over the past three days, you've helped immeasurably. Take a look at Andrew Benson's race report and enjoy the rest of the F1 Forum. Next stop, the German Grand Prix - 22-24 July. Rest up. See you then.

1540: "The news we're getting at the BBC is that Mark is seriously unhappy about this," Jake tells EJ and Murray Walker© on the F1 Forum. Murray shakes his head. "Today I heard four words I never wanted to hear: 'Mark, hold your position'". Plenty of legs in this story yet, so keep across for all the latest.

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Caroline M via text on 81111: "Red bull are so far ahead they surely can afford to let their drivers race. It makes the sport seem rigged and therefore it seems pointless watching. I want to see racing between drivers in teams - it's always exciting. Team orders rob us of excitement and tension and leave a very bitter after taste. The sport will not only lose respect but supporters and viewers too. Disgusted by Red Bull's decision today."

1530: As far as BBC One is concerned, that's your lot. But feat not, petrol heads. The F1 Forum is up and running so press that Red Button or train your eyes to the video console at the top of this page. Those of you already there will have just seen drum and bass star Goldie chatting to Jake. "Just a brilliant day," he says very eloquently. Shame about the teeth.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson on Twitter: "Webber on team orders: "I'm not fine with it, no. Of course I ignored the team and I was battling to the end."

More from Button: "When I headed out as I turned up the hill, the wheel came off. I stopped immediately. It's very disappointing. We all make mistakes and you always hope they never happen. It's disappointing also because it was in front of a home crowd. I enjoyed the race and had a good couple of battles out there. I had good pace before we stopped. I had caught up with Sebastian, Mark and Fernando when they peeled off. It was all looking pretty sweet. I think I would have come out alongside Webber. I think you'd have to say anyone had pace near end had pace for podium and I definitely had pace."

Jenson Button, retired: "It is very disappointing. In front of my home crowd, I was enjoying the race, my pace was good. I caught up with Lewis, Sebastian and Mark. It was looking sweet, I would have come out alongside Mark after my pit stop. Hopefully we won't have this sort of issue again. Anyone who had pace near the end had a chance of a podium and I definitely had pace. With the dry tyres on I felt really good, I had just got up to Webber before pitting. The guy on the front right lost a wheel nut and he went to get another one but as he turned I think the lollipop man thought we were good to go. I'm sorry for the fans that we couldn't do more. This seems to be the way of it at British Grands Prix for me, but I'll try again next year."

Lewis Hamilton, fourth place: "That was as close as it's going to get. It was crazy. First of all, the team did a fantastic job with all the pit stops. Coming here today, knowing the support he had, I've never seen so many people here. The support is far greater than any other driver gets anywhere else. I felt it spurring me on. I had a good start, made some places up but unfortunately towards end I had to save fuel. I had to give Webber his position. Then on the last lap they said now you can push and I was like 'thanks, after I'd let him catch me up' but I was not giving him that position."

1518: After winning this race in 2010, Mark Webber famously said on the Red Bull radio: "Not bad for a number-two driver". That was a reference to the notion that the team were favouring Sebastian Vettel. Today, Webber was instructed to hold his position as he sought to overtake Vettel late on. After the race he was again asked if he felt like a number two driver and this was his reply: "Not really. I just want to race to the end. Four or five laps to go I started to get messages. Of course they [Vettel's side of the garage] want the points, but I also need to try to get some points as well."

1515: Jenson tells BBC One he's "sorry to the fans" after McLaren failed to secure a podium at their home Grand Prix. Full quotes from Jenson and team-mate Lewis Hamilton to follow soon. I'm live for another 15 minutes so keep the tweets , texts and votes - we'll announce the results at around 1530.

Mark Webber, third place: "It was a mixed race, very slippery and tricky at the start with the inters on a half-dry, half-wet track. It was frustrating that we had to stay out longer than we'd like. Obviously, Michael pitted first and we were waiting to hear how he did. When he started to go OK we elected to stop. Just before my in-lap, I had a massive moment at Becketts and I went across the grass and Fernando closed on me. Then I had an interesting race. I was strong at the start of a stint and not so strong at the end. Both Seb and I were in big trouble with tyres at end. I tried to pass him but not quite."

Guardian chief sports writer Richard Williams on Twitter: "Did #F1 fans really expect #RedBull to risk losing both cars on last lap? Get real!"

Sebastian Vettel, second place: "I think it's hard to say how much we lost. Sure we lost the lead as we had quite a bit of a cushion. It didn't help. I came out behind Fernando and Lewis and struggled to get past. I had some places where I was quite close but it didn't quite work. I went in for my stop and had a longer stint at the end. All in all, we had a good race. I had a brilliant start and was able to pull away at the beginning on intermediate tyres. Then we waited a little bit and were not aggressive which cost us a bit of lead. Then we had the pit stop problem. All in all, little mistakes here and there but you can't it get right all the time. I accept that Ferrari beat us fair and square. There's been a certain trend in the last couple of races. They have been strong on race day on Sunday. It shows us that we have to keep on working hard."

Race winner Fernando Alonso: "We struggled when it was wet, but we got quicker as the track dried out. I knew I had to keep the car on the track and away from the grass, not to make any mistakes. I knew we had enough pace to fight for the victory and it came. We stayed calm and we knew our opportunity would come later in the race. After passing Lewis Hamilton for the second time, I attacked the Red Bulls. From now on it will be like that. All we do is try to win every race, be aggressive and keep our strategy at the maximum."

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Rob via text on 81111: "Christian Horner's changed his tune from last year, when he was so scathing of team orders from Ferrari. How is telling one car to let another pass different from just not allowing them to race?"

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It is a team result. I can understand Mark's frustrations but we cannot give away a load of points. We did not want to see our drivers in the fence at some time in the last two laps, which is how it would have ended up. Mark is not out of the championship race but we could not afford to risk losing points. Mark should be fine with that, he is a team player. Second and third is a very strong result."

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petedapilotzzz via text on 81111: "Am absolutely disgusted at Red Bull telling Webber to stay behind Vettel."

1450: Silverstone now bathed in sunshine and the fans have been allowed on to the track. Wonderful scenes. The driver of the day vote is open until 1530, so still time to have your say.

1445: Red Bull team boss Christian Horner on BBC One now explaining why he instructed Webber to hold his position. "Obviously Mark disagreed with that," Horner tells our pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz. Full quotes on their way to you. Big story.

1440: Alonso leaps out of the cock pit and waves his steering wheel around as if he won it in a raffle. Points to the prancing horse logo and pumps his fist to the crowd. He heads indoors with the broadest smile you'll ever see before complaining of flies on his visor. Then comes the podium and national anthems of Spain for Alonso and Italy for Ferrari. Now for some champagne fun.

LAP 52: Unbelievable scenes.... while Alonso cruises over the line, it's all kicking off behind him. Webber harassing Vettel like there's no tomorrow, Massa bullying Hamilton into submission. Red Bull team radio: "Mark, maintain the gap". Are those team orders? He duly ignores them and does everything he can to get past his team-mate. Vettel holds on for second, Webber third. Massa makes one last dart for Hamilton at the final corner. He's through! Or is he? There's contact. Debris flying everywhere. Hamilton defending for his life. Massa goes wide. Hamilton takes fourth. Massa fifth. The grandstands are on their feet, huge celebrations. Hamilton waves to his fans and praises his team for their "courage". You get the feeling both stories will rumble on for some time. WHAT A RACE.

Chequered flag

LAP 51: Alonso is all set for his first victory over the season. The Ferrari driver did benefit from a stroke of luck but, all in all, he has produced a brilliant display. Behind him, Webber is pressing Red Bull team-mate Vettel for second place and Massa's all over Hamilton for fourth. Great battles all round. F1 boring? Get real.

LAP 49: McLaren bluffing? Not a jot. Ted Kravitz reports "some very worried faces" in their garage. Why? Because Hamilton is staring at the very real prospect of not finishing due to a lack of fuel. He tells his mechanics "you're not giving me any information". They reply "we'll get back to you with information as soon as possible". Another storm brewing there. Can't wait for his post-race interview.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC pit-lane reporter Natalie Pinkham on 5 live: "Button is absolutely gutted, he has asked for time to gather his thoughts and will talk to us at the end of the race

LAP 46: Webber coasts past Hamilton. Lewis's front left locks up. Contact? No. Almost. BBC One show the Red Bull mechanics cheering but their man is still four seconds behind Vettel and a good 21secs behind Alonso. So it looks like being Alonso - Vettel - Webber - Hamilton - Massa - Rosberg - Perez - Heidfeld - Schumacher - Alguersuari in the top 10.

LAP 44: David Coulthard on BBC One suggests McLaren have performed better than even they expected, so the decision to put Hamilton on a light fuel load to increase speed is now backfiring. "The current level of fuel saving is unfortunately not enough," was the message on his team radio. "We're going to have to do some more to get to the end of the race." The word is spreading quickly and Mark Webber's race engineer informs him to pressure the Brit before adding that McLaren "could be bluffing". Fascinating stuff.

LAP 41: No such problems for our race leader Fernando Alonso. The Spanish two-time world champion has a 12.6 second lead - it's his for the taking. Vettel, Hamilton and Massa trail behind but Hamilton has just been told by his team to save fuel. Not good.

LAP 39: In comes Alonso. Dream pit stop. In comes Button. Just as good. But what's this... Button's left a wheel nut in the pit lane... "front left isn't on guys," he says on the team radio. It's actually his front right. BUTTON IS OUT OF THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX.

LAP 37: Hamilton working his socks off to stay in front of Vettel. The McLaren man's pit crew get ready for another stop - Hamilton's third so far. In he comes. Perfect tyre change. Can he get out in front of Vettel... NO!

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC chief F1 analyst Eddie Jordan on 5 live: "Alonso is gaining a second a lap at the front and he is going to be hard man to beat now."

LAP 34: Hamilton coming under serious pressure from Vettel but the Briton holds on to second place. The drying track is giving the drivers far more width on the Wellington Straight and that should aid their use of the DRS. But it's not working like that for Vettel. Unfortunately for Hamilton, this battle is consuming his attention and allowing Webber to pull well over nine seconds clear at the front. Further down, Michael Schumacher is giving us an exhibition in overtaking excellent. He's up to 12 with a number of magical moves.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on 5 live: "Vettel is clearly being held up by Hamilton but there is nothing he can do. Is he playing the Championship game, prepared to finish safely to protect his healthy lead?"

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC pit-lane reporter Natalie Pinkham on 5 live: "Force India have confirmed that Paul Di Resta made an unscheduled pit-stop and that was why they had Adrian Sutil's tyres ready."

LAP 31: Vettel's race engineer tells him: "Alonso stopped early. He's very hard on his tyres. Be patient." Hmmm, not sure about that. Alonso's streaking away - he's pulled 5.2 seconds clear of Hamilton. Vettel 0.5secs behind Lewis. Webber 0.9secs behind Vettel. Nip and tuck. Plenty of pit stops still to come. Who's it to be? Impossible to call. Anyone's guess.

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "The mechanics are having a look at the wheel nut and examining the wheel gun now. Time was ticking away as they tried to get the wheel gun unthreaded."

LAP 27: Big news. In come Vettel and Alonso. RED BULL ERROR. There's a problem with one of their wheel nut guns. It's the left rear. Alonso gets our first. Vettel must be furious. Incredible. We have a new leader. Alonso - Hamilton - Vettel - Webber - Button. By the way, Kobayashi is a goner. Di Resta and Buemi come together, the Spaniard bursting a tyre.

LAP 25: Disaster for Di Resta as he comes in for new tyres but his pit crew bring him Adrian Sutil's rubber. NOOOOO! What a shame. The just sits their helpless before the change is eventually completed and he gets away, but he has dropped to 16th.

LAP 24: Alonso maintains the pressure and uses the DRS zone (see lap 20) to strike. Hamilton has no answer. Alonso retakes third place and is closing quickly on Webber and Vettel. Meanwhile, it looks like game over for Kobayashi as smoke pours from his engine. Hamilton pits.

LAP 23: Schumacher storms past Vitaly Petrov of Renault to snatch 15th place as he seeks to work his way back after that early collision with Kobayashi. Few signs of tyre temp problems at Ferrari as Alonso closes right in on Hamilton at the end of the lap. The Spaniard tries to pass at Vale and Club corners but he can't quite do it.

LAP 20: A 10 second stop-go penalty for Kobayashi following that unsafe release for his pit stop. "He's lucky to get away with only a stop-go penalty," says David Coulthard on BBC One. Plenty of drivers enjoying success in the drag reduction system zone between Village and Brooklands - the area in which the moveable rear wing can by opened to ain overtaking. Ferrari have tweeted to say they're struggling with tyre temp.

LAP 18: Vettel seems to be growing in belief and confidence. He's got that lead back up to a couple of seconds and looks comfortable on the slick tyres. Webber remain second but Hamilton, 4.4 seconds behind, is closing in on the Australian. Alonso is now the quickest man on the track on fourth, with Button fifth, Massa sixth and that man Paul di Resta producing a brilliant display for seventh. It was actually a stop-go penalty for Schumacher, by the way.

LAP 15: Anything you can do I can do better... Hamilton masters the wet line to overhaul old foe Alonso for third place. He's just six seconds off the lead now, Lewis. Webber 1.2 seconds behind Vettel. "The race is turning on it's head," yells Martin Brundle on BBC One. F1 boring? Get real. We're witnessing an absolute thriller.

LAP 14: The McLaren fans go wild as Button takes Massa up the inside on the final corner. Magnificent driving from the 2009 champion, who has never been on the podium at Silverstone.

LAP 14: Yes, Kobayashi is under investigation for that and he'll almost certainly be handed a drive-through penalty. Button sets the fastest lap of the day and is pressing Massa for fifth. Ten second penalty for Schumacher following that incident earlier.

LAP 12: Massa struggling badly to stay in fourth - he's got no grip. Hamilton gets past him but goes wide to hand back the position. In comes Lewis for fresh tyres. They're all at it. Meanwhile, Force India's Jarno Trulli has stopped and Kobayashi clips Maldonado coming out of the pits. Unsafe release, that. Stewards may have a say.

LAP 11: Race control announce they'll be investigating that incident between Kobayashi and Schumacher. Certainly the seven-time world champion's fault but on a brighter not for the Mercedes man, he's flying round on a fresh set of slick tyres. And here comes Button for new tyres himself. Slicks.

LAP NINE: A spin for Kamui Kobayashi but the Sauber man, placed ninth, is OK to continue. Clumsily clipped by Schumacher, who will now need a new nose cone. That puts German well out of contention. Up front, Alonso is all over the back of Webber and Hamilton is doing his best to pass Massa. The Briton is also now matching Vettel for lap times.

LAP EIGHT: Ferrari tweet to inform us that Fernando Alonso is now matching Sebastian Vettel's lap time. Promising signs for the famous Italian team. By the way, I'd urge you to have a read of Richard Williams' excellent piece on Ferrari in today's Guardian.

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "The McLaren drivers are still saying it's too wet for slicks. If they can coincide the change from inters to slicks with the first stop of the race that would be especially good. The DRS is still disabled while they're on wet tyres."

LAP SIX: "I'm not sure this is slick weather," says Martin Brundle on BBC One as Vettel extends his lead to more than five seconds. The reigning world champion and championship leader could not have wished for a better start. He's on course for a seventh win out of eight races this season. Early days, mind.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on 5 live: "Michael Schumacher says in two or three laps time slick tyres can be used, but I think you'd be a brave man to try them then - you don't want to be the guinea pig for that experiment"

LAP FOUR: David Coulthard in the BBC One comm box predicts Hamilton will begin to struggle on wet tyres as the surface dries out. Do that explain why he shoots off at Brooklands? Maybe. Lewis manages to hold on to fifth despite that hiccup. Sounds like the pit crews are getting ready with slick tyres.

LAP THREE: A gearbox problem ends the race of Team Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen. Out on the track, Vettel goes three seconds clear of Webber with Alonso another three further back. Massa remains fourth ahead of Hamilton and Button.

LAP TWO: Battle of the McLarens hots up as Hamilton passes Button for fifth place. "Hamilton's flying," says commentator Martin Brundle on BBC One. Lewis endured a shocking qualifying session on Saturday but he's bang on form today.

LAP ONE: Hamilton takes Di Resta for sixth place. Amazing start from the 2008 world champion. Lewis on the march. Button struggling to hold on to fourth, Vettel streaking away out front.

1303: GO! GO! GO! And Vettel gets in front of Webber, Alonso stays third, Button up to fourth, Hamilton to seventh, Schumacher into the top 10. Spray everywhere. Incredible scenes.

1303: GO! GO! GO! And Vettel gets in front of Webber, Alonso stays third, Button up to fourth, Hamilton to seventh, Schumacher into the top 10. Spray everywhere. Incredible scenes.

1302: And web users, don't forget the driver tracker.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on 5 live: "With the drivers all on intermediates, I expect to see the tyres chewing up on the first part of the track and then coming into their own on the second half of the track - but I can't see how they will last long in those conditions."

1258: The grid clears and now it's down to business. All 24 drivers have set off on their installation laps and we're just a few minutes away from the start of the 2011 British Grand Prix. Applause, hoots and cheers from the crowd. One half of the track is soaking wet, the other bone dry. Brilliant. No rain at present. You ready?

A celeb has been spotted
1257: Two more 'celebs' to tick off the list. England cricketers Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad. Enjoying their first trip to a Formula 1 race as guests of Red Bull.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on 5 live: "Prince Harry wanted to have a go in our car, but it's a bit tricky on a Sunday afternoon. We asked him to take pictures of the McLaren car for us, but he'd never do anything like that! The Ferraris will be a challenge to us, we have seen how quick Fernando Alonso has been this weekend. We need to keep on top of things and make the right calls at the right time."

1254: Final pre-race reminder about our 'driver of the day' vote. You can find it on the right-hand side of this page, directly below the leaderboard. Once the main event starts, simply make your choice as to who has been the best driver and then vote. Do take into account the drivers' performance throughout the grand prix weekend. The vote will close at the end of the BBC One coverage at 1530 BST and we will announce the winner in this page while the F1 Forum on the red button is on air.

Force India's Paul di Resta: "It's virtually dry here [on the grid] but completely wet as you get to Brooklands. There's aquaplaning everywhere so tyre choice is going to be hard."

A celeb has been spotted
BBC Radio 5 Live
Actor Patrick Stewart on 5 live: "I think Paul Di Resta's chances are terrific - the determination within his team seems really high. I hope he has a great afternoon"

McLaren driver Jenson Button: "Turn three through to Becketts, I was on used inters and I was pootling around [on the drive to the grid]. Half the circuit needs extreme wets and half is almost dry for slicks. We haven't' done any high fuel running at all so I don't know what's going to happen. If we get a good tyre on the car for the conditions I think we'll be fine."

1250: F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone tells Brundle the deal is done on the engine rules. "It's been agreed to stay with what we've got," he says. "It's all done."

1248: Rousing rendition of the British national anthem as pictures of home winners of this race beam out from the big screens around Silverstone. Keep those tweets coming @bbcsport_david using the Twitter hashtag #BBCF1 or text me on 81111 (UK).

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Silverstone: "I have a bit more on the off-throttle blown diffuser debate, and the fact that Ferrari and Sauber are blocking an agreement to make the downforce-boosting practice legal again. Renault team principal Eric Boullier was scathing about the situation F1 finds itself in. 'It's a completely useless debate,' he said, 'and the more it goes public, the more stupid we look. The FIA should just stand up and say this is the situation because we are still spending money to try this configuration and that configuration. There are reliability and fairness issues. If we go one way, Red Bull object, if we go another, maybe Mercedes object. Ferrari think maybe because of their strong performance here maybe they have an advantage [with the current position of the rules]. I don't think they have. [Anyway] Ferrari would like more time to think about it.'"

Prince Harry on BBC One: "It's fantastic. It's great to meet all the guys. It looks like the weather is going to play a big part. I'm obviously cheering Jenson and Lewis on big time but it's going to be a struggle for them from the back."

1241: Bad news for Sauber as Sergio Perez returns to the pits with a broken front wing after a trip across the gravel and a collision with a polystyrene block at Chapel, the final corner of the Becketts complex. Not the parade lap he would have planned.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Silverstone: "Paul di Resta rose to the challenge of his first grand prix on home soil as he delivered his best qualifying performance of his career to start sixth on the grid. 'I'm extremely happy with how the car has developed.' Force India's Di Resta said. 'In terms of where we are it's going to be difficult to maintain sixth but I'd be delighted with any points.' The 25-year-old Scot moved to Monaco at the start of the year but a home race has given him a chance to catch up with his friends and family and he even joined the crowd at a Take That concert. When asked if the band lit his fire, he shyly replied: 'I don't think I'll say too much about that. They put on a good show.'"

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC F1 commentator David Croft on 5 live: "Paul Di Resta has told his Force India team that parts of the track are undriveable"

1239: "It's wet out here," Lewis Hamilton tells his engineers on the McLaren team radio. Jenson, meanwhile, tells Brundle that half the circuit is wet and the other half is dry. Nightmare scenario when it comes to tyre selection. Great for the spectators.

1238: First stop Prince Harry. Quotes to follow. Hazza's hoping for rain. "That will help the McLaren," he says.

1237: And here comes the BRUNDLE PIT WALK. Hold tight.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Silverstone: "Much has been said about the new pits and paddock at Silverstone - and it's important to remember it has meant moving the start line to the other side of the circuit. This is going to change the dynamics of the start of the race. Whereas previously the super-fast Copse corner was followed by a series of other fast sweepers, and the first big braking point was not until halfway around the lap, now a couple of quick corners are quickly followed by the hairpin at The Loop. Sebastian Vettel believes it is 'in a way, a different circuit'. Fernando Alonso is not so sure - but does think it might lead to a more incident-packed first lap.'We will have the first two corners and then heavy braking,' he said, 'so we will have different lines there, probably more action so it will be better for the show.'"

1235: Lest we forget, we're looking at a very different Silverstone for this year's race. A £28m refit has resulted in a swanky new pits and paddock complex featuring the shiny 'Silverstone Wing' building. A corporate-hospitality Mecca that stands 30m high, 390m long with 41 garages and 1,200 tonnes of steel. The start-finish straight has been moved from Woodcote-Copse to Club-Abbey and 0.472 miles of new track has been added between Abbey and Brooklands. Turn One is now 288kmh right-hander wide enough for two cars abreast. Wow.

1227: Meanwhile, Jake's speaking to fans about their love of the British Grand Prix. And EJ's serving ice creams.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Silverstone: "The British F1 track is one of many circuits who have expressed concern about the new engine rules that will be introduced into the sport in 2014, which will see 1.6-litre V6 turbos replace the current 2.4-litre normally aspirated V8s. The circuits are worried that the noise of the new engines will be less dramatic than the current ones and that spectators numbers will reduce as a result, hurting the track's profits. But Mercedes sports boss Norbert Haug says their concerns are unfounded. 'I'm not afraid,' he said. 'This is not a political argument. We are discussing revs like 15,000, and I am deeply convinced this concept will produce a good sound.'"

It's raining
1225: Indeed, McLaren will be cheered by the sight of rain in the air. If it carries on like this, we could be in for a truly unpredictable race. And wouldn't that be refreshing in a season dominated by one team? By the way, BBC One are running a great little Top Gear feature right now. Tune in or watch it in the video console at the top of this page. Thirty five minutes to go.

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Bethany, Cambs, via text on 81111: "I've just passed my first year at Uni so a good present would be the McLaren lads on the podium, and if not, a Webber winner! Come on lads!"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Silverstone: "The team bosses and technical chiefs have met this morning to try to reach an agreement on the vexed subject of off-throttle blowing of diffusers, an influential technical feature on the cars that has led to a big technical row this weekend. Governing body the FIA has been trying to ban this practice - and pretty much has for this race. But after arguments over which team was now benefiting most from the current position of the rules, the FIA has said that if all the teams agree, it will be allowed again from the next race. Except the meeting broke up without agreement - Ferrari and Sauber, who use Ferrari engines, are the teams blocking a deal, I'm told. More on this subject as I get it."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Silverstone: "The1996 world champion Damon Hill and former British GP winner will also become a former president of the British Racing Drivers' Club in August. The BRDC own Silverstone and Hill helped lead a £40m redevelopment of the circuit. 'It's my last grand prix as president so it's nice to sign off with Silverstone as a top-notch venue,' said Hill. 'I've no desire to out-stay my welcome. It's been an honour. Now I'm going to continue in my quest to try and not have anything to do.' Hill will of course still be coming back to Silverstone and he says it is a special place for all British drivers past and present. 'F1 drivers go all over the world but it's nice to come back home,' he added. 'It does make a difference and is a definite highlight in your season.' Ps. Former F1 racer Derek Warwick is the next BRDC president.'"

1215: We're up and running on BBC One and 5 live. Switch on, tune in. Unrivalled TV and radio coverage. But don't forget us here Online. We'll again be running our 'driver of the day' vote and it's you're duty to get involved. If you manually refresh your page you will see it on the right-hand side directly below the leaderboard. Once the race starts, simply make your choice as to who has been the best driver and then vote. Do take into account the drivers' performance throughout the grand prix weekend. The vote will close at the end of the BBC One coverage at 1530 BST and we will announce the winner in this page while the F1 Forum on the red button is on air.

Renault driver Nick Heidfeld on Twitter: "Here comes the rain again... Don't know if this will help us..."

1205: Five minutes until BBC One goes live and plenty of you predicting EJ's shirt of choice, DC's trousers and Jake's opening gambit. Just seen pictures of all three getting ready to rumble. My lips are sealed. Meanwhile, Prince Harry is enjoying a tour of the Red Bull garage. As if they needed a Royal seal of approval during a season in which they have won six of eight races and taken pole position at all eight. Today's pole-sitter is Mark Webber and he's aiming to become the first Australian to win more than one British Grand Prix following his 2010 triumph. He's also looking for his first race win this season. But I'm sure team-mate Sebastian Vettel will have something to say about that.

Karl via text on 81111: "Come on Mark Webber! Do it for the Aussies living in the UK. It would finish my weekend on a high. Ozzy Ozzy Ozzy! Oi Oi Oi!"

Ryan, Essex, via text on 81111: "If it rains today (which knowing English weather it probably will) I can see Lewis doing a lot better than anticipated, maybe even a podium finish."

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Raj via text on 81111: "First timer at Silverstone... two nights camping, unwashed, unshaven, sat in Copse getting rained on... couldn't wipe the grin off my face if you tried! Here's hoping for a bit of magic from McLaren"

McLaren driver Jenson Button, fifth on the grid: "It's been a busy weekend trying to work out what's going on with the regulations. We did not qualify where we would have expected to. My position isn't so bad but the gap to the cars in front is bigger than I expected. The fans cheered every time we drove round and seeing that support does drive you on as I'm sure it does for the whole team. Hopefully we can put on a good show. The fans deserve a good result and we'll do our best. Hopefully we can celebrate something."

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, 10th on the grid: "For the fans and the public here and for our home grand prix we'd love to be sitting on the front row but that's not the case. We will regroup and anything can happen today. Maybe a miracle might happen and we can still get our one-two. I'm game."

1155: Wishful thinking, Laura. Jenson starts from fifth on the grid but did not sound overly optimistic about his team's pace after qualifying, while Lewis is down in 10th and has once again been in the headlines this morning. This time he's blaming McLaren for getting his tactics wrong and overworking him. "When I re-sign the contract with McLaren they are going to be shocked at how many days they are not going to be able to make me do," says the 2008 world champ. "I will be doing a lot less (sponsorship) work."

Laura via text on 81111: "The one race I can't watch because I'll be taking off at 13:00 for a business trip. :( Here's to the hope that the McLaren boys will come out on the podium. Go Jenson & Lewis!"

Text in your views on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide)
Anon via text on 81111: "Sat in Woodcote with three German friends. I drove, so I've warned them that they're walking home if Vettel wins!"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Silverstone: "The British Grand Prix was expected to be a Red Bull benefit - and it may well still be. But Fernando Alonso's performance in qualifying third for Ferrari raised a few eyebrows - the Spaniard was only 0.117 seconds slower than Mark Webber's pole time, on a track where he expected to be more like a second behind. Bearing in mind he pushed the Red Bulls hard in Valencia last weekend after being 0.5secs adrift in qualifying, the Spaniard could be a major threat. 'We are definitely closer than ever,' Alonso said. 'I'm sure that we can put some more pressure on them.'"

Silverstone on Twitter: "The Red Arrows will be in the sky above Silverstone in 15 mins!"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Silverstone: "Astonishingly, Red Bull's Mark Webber, who is on pole here for the second time this season, has not led a single racing lap in 2011, a season in which his team-mate Sebastian Vettel has won six of the eight races. 'It's incredible, isn't it, that I haven't,' Webber said. 'It's not the best statistic for me so far this year. If I lead one lap, (I hope) it's the right one. That would be nice but if you lead all the rest, of course it gives you a few more options to control the race and whatnot.'"

1143: And here's a bit more on Aussie Grit from AB...

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Silverstone: "The man on pole has a bit of a soft spot for Silverstone and for Great Britain. Australian Mark Webber lives half an hour away from the circuit in the heart of the countryside where, among other animals, he and his English partner Ann keep llamas. Webber, who won his first British GP last year, moved to the UK from New South Wales when he was 18 and he has never looked back. 'It just works for me,' said Webber. 'We have a great circle of friends here and a good quality of life. There's no better country in the world in many aspects when the weather is sensational. But the reason we've elected to stay is because we're happy here.'"

1140: P.S. for all the Silverstone celeb news and everything else F1-related, be sure to follow Holty and Benson on Twitter.

A celeb has been spotted
1135: Celebrity spots reaching us by the second. I'm told actor Hugh Grant, Newcastle football manager Alan Pardew and Dragons' Den star James Caan are in the building. Or at the track. One or t'other. You get the picture.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Silverstone: "Even by Team BBC's punctual standards we arrived at Silverstone pretty early for a race day but there were hordes of fans who'd beaten us to it! I have to say I was quite disturbed by the people queuing at the ice-cream van for '99s' for breakfast. There are 11,000 fans sleeping over at Silverstone's official woodlands campsite and plenty more pitching their tents in opportunistic farmers' fields. I've seen some brilliant flags supporting British boys Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta but my favourite one has to be along the pit straight which reads 'Button's got talent'. There's a record sell-out 120,000 crowd here today and we know how passionate the British fans are but can you believe the first fan I spoke to was from Slovenia? 'There are quite a lot of F1 fans there,' said Janaz Kroselj. 'But I think we are the best ones.'"

BBC weatherman Ian Ferguson on Twitter: "SILVERSTONE, LATEST: New MetO analysis now raises chance of showers into race to 70% with thunder possible, albeit this is a lower risk."

Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock on Twitter: "Unreal - first day in Silverstone without rain!!! But for the race you never know!!! Hope for changing conditions."

1128: Who needs the Highways Agency when you've got Heikki? Super qualifying run from the Finn on Saturday - he starts from 17th on the grid for Team Lotus.

Team Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter: "It's amazing how traffic is organised in Silverstone, A43 is totally empty and roads from Whittlebury and Silverstone jammed miles. Best way from Whittlebury is to go down to Towcester roundabout an then back up the A43 straight in 15min, east entrance Whittlebury jammed."

A celeb has been spotted
1122: Thanks, AB. A nice little heads up for those of you down at the track. And here's another treat... I can confirm that Prince Harry will attend today's race. In fact, he's already there and has just been spotted taking a stroll of the paddock with Sir Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson on Twitter: "Fernando Alonso will drive Froilan Gonzalez's 1951 British GP-winning Ferrari in a demo at Silverstone at 1120."

1118: Today is obviously a big one for our 12 teams and 24 drivers. But none of them would have a sport to compete in were it not for the fans. So let's dedicate the next new hours and beyond to you, every one of you. Deal? Good. Get in touch by tweeting me @bbcsport_david using the Twitter hashtag #BBCF1 or get texting on 81111 (UK).

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Silverstone: "Morning and hello from the British Grand Prix. This is a special event. For one thing, it's the only race to have been part of every Formula 1 world championship since 1950. Not only that but eight teams count this as their home race from frontrunners Red Bull to the fledging Virgin Racing team AND there are three British drivers starting in the top 10 on the grid. Yes, there's been some miserable rain and chilly winds over the first three days but I donned my BBC cagoule to find out what the British GP means to the drivers and fans."

BBC F1 presenter Jake Humphrey on Twitter: "If you're camping, GOOD MORNING! If you're driving in, SAFE JOURNEY, if you're watching on the sofa ENJOY! It's British Grand Prix Sunday!"

1105: It's with tremendous pleasure that we welcome you all to one of the country's finest annual sporting occasions. Such was our excitement, we started up two hours before the lights go out on Silverstone's brand spanking new pit straight. Yes, today's start time is 1300 BST, but we've got an awful lot to get through before then.

1100: Of every race on the Formula 1 roster, this is the one we look forward to most. This is the one that will today play host to well over 100,000 spectators at the track and many millions more around the world. This is the one featuring some of the sport's most jaw-droppingly high-speed corners. This is the one at which 90,000 burgers and 10,000 litres of tomato ketchup are consumed. This is the one we've all been waiting for. This is the BRITISH GRAND PRIX.

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2016

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 385
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 380
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 256
4 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 212
5 M Verstappen Red Bull 204
6 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 186
7 Mexico S Perez Force India 101
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 85
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 72
10 Spain F Alonso McLaren 54
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 53
12 C Sainz Toro Rosso 46
13 France R Grosjean Haas F1 29
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 25
15 Great Britain J Button McLaren 21
16 Denmark K Magnussen Lotus 7
17 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 2
18 J Palmer Lotus 1
19 P Wehrlein Manor Marussia F1 1
21 Mexico E Gutierrez Haas F1 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 0
23 E Ocon Manor Marussia F1 0

Points projected from latest race positions

Formula 1 vote

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see also
Alonso storms to Silverstone win
14 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
British GP photos
10 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Webber secures Silverstone pole
09 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Webber coy on Ferrari improvement
09 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
McLaren boss refuses to give up
10 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Di Resta delight at sixth on grid
09 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
F1 bosses row over engine rules
10 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Webber on top at wet Silverstone
08 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Webber targets first win of 2011
07 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Webber storms to British GP win
11 Jul 10 |  Formula 1

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