Date: 9th July 2012 at 10:16am
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After his domination of the European Grand Prix in Valencia, which ended in retirement following an alternator fault, everyone’s eyes were on the Red Bull Racing team.

Had they taken a step forward in the development race and would they show their real pace around Silverstone, a track where historically they have done very well.

Well the great British summer wanted to hide the answer to that question until race day, with both practice sessions on Friday having limited running following a heavy down poor.

On Saturday we began to get a sense of where everyone stood with a relatively dry session and Sebastian Vettel looked quick, but was 0.253seconds off the pace of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who topped the timing sheets.

But later in the afternoon it was back to the tricky wet conditions and after getting through the first two stages of qualifying, which took out home hero Jenson Button, Vettel took a qualifying position of fourth into the race.

?It was a tough day. It?s raining again now and it will probably be the same weather again tomorrow, so we?ll see what happens. It?s going to be a long race. We are at the front which is good. It was difficult today and in the end we only got one lap when the conditions were at their best. I think I should have been a bit quicker, but that?s life. the double world champion told formula1.com after qualifying.

Vettel’s comments about believing it would be wet again on Sunday might explain the differences between Vettel’s performance on the Sunday as oppose to his team-mate Mark Webber, who converted his second place start into a race win?

Although Vettel lost some time behind the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher before the first pit-stops, Vettel never looked in contention for the race win.

Perhaps the German had mainly set up his car for a wet race and gave up some set-up speed to the Australian and Alonso who finished second?

?It was a tough day today. The start was not so good. I lost a little bit and then got stuck behind Michael, but had a good strategy to come back. We decided to pit early and we came out ahead, so that was a good call. I would be a bit happier if we had won today, but it was a great result for the team, I am happy. We?re just down the road, so it?s our local race. It?s good it didn?t rain, I saw some clouds coming and it might have helped my race, but I was very happy for the people in the grandstands. I think they appreciated it staying dry. It?s been a tough weekend for them with rain, a lot of traffic and not so much driving from our side due to too much water ? but I think we made up for that today.?

With his podium finish Vettel has now broken the 100 point mark for the season and sits third in the F1 World drivers championship.

 

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