Six and a half hours after the race…

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The British Grand Prix was a race of wild action and drama, as F1 suffered a string of high-speed tyre failures that wreaked havoc. AND Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull broke down and coasted to a stop. Victory went (just) to Nico Rosberg, with Mark Webber hot on his heels.

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Todt calls emergency meeting

Jean Todt has told Pirelli to be at a meeting of the Sporting Working Group this week, in order to take measures to avoid a repeat of the tyre problems that were seen at Silverstone. Pirelli has been asked to propose a solution. The FIA’s priority is, obviously, driver safety and a suitable solution is deemed to be needed as soon as possible.

Although Pirelli is taking the brunt of criticism after the British GP, it must be said that the reason that changes were not made to the tyres used at Silverstone was because the teams were unable to agree with one another. Obviously the tyre failures in Silverstone have added fuel to the fire so that there will be more pressure on those who have argued against the change. It is not the moment to play political games. There is a problem that must be solved and everyone should be concentrating on that, and not trying to advantage of the situation.

Alas, in Formula 1 the culture is such that all too often the teams ignore the big picture and concentrate only on their own interests.

One more point from the World Council

Hidden away in the details of the FIA World Council was the news that in order to preserve the historic date of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the June 14/15 weekend has been blocked to ensure that no Formula 1 race is hosted the same weekend. This is bad news for New Jersey, which was hoping to have a back-to-back race with Canada.

Q3: Lewis on pole…

Lewis Hamilton took pole position by storm at Silverstone on Saturday afternoon, blowing away his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, by nearly half a second. The Red Bulls were unable to match the pace with Sebastian Vettel third and Mark Webber fourth, followed by Paul Di Resta, Dan Ricciardo and Adrian Sutil. The top 10 was completed by the two Lotuses of Romain Grosajean and Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. The pace in qualifying in F1 is not always the same as the race pace and the temperature is important. The word is that on Sunday temperatures will be high and so one might expect to see Lotus and Ferrari able to use their tyres to better effect. All things considered, we are set for an exciting race tomorrow…

Q2: Red Bull 1-2

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber led the way in the Q2 session at Silverstone with Nico Rosberg third. Fourth went to Adrian Sutil in the Force India, ahead of Dan Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso, Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta, Fernando Alonso and the two Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen. Knocked out were Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado.

Q1: Lewis leads the way

Lewis Hamilton gave the fans something to get exciting about by setting the fastest time of the Q1 session at Silverstone, ahead of Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. The team-by-team theme continued with the McLarens of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button, followed by the Force Indias of Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta, the Toro Rossos of Dan Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Thirteenth fastest was Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber, the two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado’s Williams. Valtteri Bottas was 17th and failed to make it through, along with Esteban Gutierrez, Charles Pic, Jules Bianchi, Giedo Van der Garde and Max Chilton.

Nico leads the way in FP3

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of the third practice session for the British GP, on a dry, but cool day at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton was next up, just a tenth behind. Sebastian Vettel was third with Mark Webber fourth, ahead of Romain Grosjean, Dan Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil. Paul di Resta completed the top 10. Jean-Eric Vergne was 11th ahead of Jenson Button, Pastor Maldonado, Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez (who had a puncture and then an off). At the back end of the grid Charles Pic led the fight ahead of Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde.

A new structure at Sauber

Sauber has a new technical structure, following the departure of Matt Morris to McLaren. He was the second major engineer from the Swiss team to be poached in recent years, following the departure of Pierre Waché, who was snaffled by Red Bull Racing. The team has also lost James Key to Scuderia Toro Rosso. Despite this, the team continues to have a technical committee running things with Australian-Dutchman Willem Toet in charge of aerodynamics, Britain’s Ben Waterhouse looking after vehicle dynamics and a new mechanical design chief in France’s Eric Gandelin, who has been promoted from his role as the team’s head of concept design. Gandelin has been with Sauber for 11 years, starting out as a composite designer before taking on his current role in 2009. Prior to joining Sauber he spent three years as a composites engineer at Prost Grand Prix, until that organisation died in 2002.

FP2: Nico leads the way

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the second practice session at Silverstone on Friday, with the track relatively dry, although there were damp patches off line. The German was three-tenths faster than Mark Webber, who had Sebastian Vettel trailing him, while Paul di Resta made a splash by setting the fourth best time, ahead of Lewis Hamilton. There was further surprise with the Toro Rossos of Dan Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne in sixth and seventh, ahead of Adrian Sutil in the second Force India and Romain Grosjean in the Lotus. The top 10 was completed by Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Jenson Button put his McLaren 11th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber, Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus, Sergio Perez’s McLaren, Esteban Gutierrez and the Williams pair: Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado. At the back we had Jules Bianchi’s Marussia, chased by the two Caterhams of Giedo Van der Garde and Charles Pic and Max Chilton’s Marussia.

Felipe Massa slid off early in the session and bopped the nose off his Ferrari and so ended up at the back.

No calendar from the World Council

Usually at this time of year we get the first hints of the next year’s F1 calendar, but the FIA World Motor Sport Council, which met at Goodwood House in England on Friday, published no dates for the 2014. The Council reported that “negotiations regarding the Concorde Agreement were close to conclusion with the intention the contract between the FIA and FOM will be signed in the near future”. Among the other decisions is a penalty system for drivers. If a driver accumulates more than 12 such points he will be banned from the next race. Points will stay on the driver’s licence for 12 months. The amount of points a driver may be given for infringements will vary from one to three depending upon the severity of the offence. The procedure for a driver to be given the chance to give back any advantage he may have gained by leaving the track has been adopted.

There will also be a significant reduction in the amount of wind tunnel testing and CFD work has been imposed to help reduce costs and potentially allow two teams to share one wind tunnel. There will be allowance for four two-day track tests in season in place of the current eight one-day promotional days and the three-day young driver test. These will take place at tracks in Europe on the Tuesday and Wednesday after a race in order to ensure minimal additional resources are necessary. Track testing will now also be permitted in January 2014 in order to allow earlier testing of the new power units. For safety reasons all team personnel working on a car in a race pit stop will be required to wear head protection.

Each driver will be provided with one extra set of tyres for use only during the first 30 minutes of the first practice session on Friday, to encourage teams to take to the track at that time without having to worry about using valuable tyre wear.

Mercedes will be permitted to supply engines to a maximum of four Formula 1 teams in 2014.

There are also a number of new regulations to govern the new, far more complex power units. It is agreed that only five power units may be used by each driver for the whole season. Any use of an additional complete power unit will result in that driver having to start the race from the pit lane. Any changes of individual elements above the permitted five, such as turbocharger, MGU or Energy Store, will result in a 10 grid place penalty. No manufacturer will be allowed to homologate more than one power unit during the homologation period from 2014-2020. Changes to the homologated unit will continue to be permitted for installation, reliability or cost saving reasons. Drivers must now use a gearbox for six consecutive events, an increase from the current five. No car may use more than 100kg of fuel for the race, from the time the lights go out at the start of the race to the chequered flag. This will be monitored by the use of an FIA approved fuel flow meter.

The pit lane speed limit, which is currently set at 60km/h for the free practice sessions and 100km/h for the qualifying practice and race (60km/h for the whole event in Melbourne, Monaco and Singapore), has been amended so it is set at 80km/h for the whole event (except the three races mentioned which would stay at 60km/h for the whole event). This is for safety reasons, as most accidents happen during the race when the speed limit is higher; drivers also have very little chance to practice stopping from 100km/h until the race.

Other changes include a rule to stop cars the cars having a step in the chassis. These changes will also ensure that a genuine low nose, introduced for safety reasons, is always used. The minimum weight limit has been raised by 5kg, as the power unit is now likely to weigh more than originally expected. The weight distribution has also been changed accordingly. Electronic control of the rear brake circuit is permitted in order to ensure consistent braking whilst energy is being recovered.

In order to ensure that side impact structures are more useful in an oblique impact and more consistent, they will become standard items made to a strictly laid out manufacturing process and fitted to the cars identically. The impact tests currently carried out will be replaced by static load push-off tests and squeeze tests. This will also help reduce costs as no team will need to develop their own structures.

In order to ensure that the cockpit rims either side of the driver’s head are stronger, the amount of deflection during the static load tests has been reduced from 20mm to 5mm.