Sebastian Vettel has always been one of Formula One’s young and promising drivers and in past seasons, has shown glimpses of brilliance that has ‘future World Champion’ written all over it. And now that he has a car that is as competitive as its ever been in a long time, Vettel is finally proving that those lofty praises showered his way was more than just hype.
Vettel’s latest moment of glory came last weekend at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, where he put on a racing clinic in front of a partisan British crowd on his way to dominating the race from start to finish.
Starting on pole position, Vettel made a fantastic start, breaking away from the pack and leaving every other driver – including season point’s leader Jenson Button – eating his gravel. From the get-go, nobody seemed to even get in sight of Vettel’s side-view mirrors. Even Mark Webber, Vettel’s teammate with the Red Bull Renault racing team, who came in second, wasn’t able to catch up to the speedy German.
Red Bull’s one-two finish marks the second time this year the team has finished on the top two steps of the podium – a stark contrast from past years when the team was consistently mired in mediocrity.
It’s also a welcome sight for Formula One fans that seem to have gotten weary of Brawn GP’s dominance this year but despite not securing the win, Brawn still made a good showing for itself with Rubens Barrichello finishing in third and Jenson Button placing sixth, a reversal of fortune for the Brazilian veteran who seems to have fallen into the shadows of Jenson Button the same way he did with Michael Schumacher during their days as teammates at Ferrari.
Rounding out the points finishers for the race were Felipe Massa (Ferrari); Nico Rosberg (Williams); Jenson Button (Brawn); Janno Trulli (Toyota); and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton failed to duplicate his dominant showing last year when he won the British GP by well over a minute. This year, much to the chagrin of the partisan British crowd, Hamilton was reduced to a back-marker – those cars that made up the tail end of the field, constantly being lapped by the front runners.
Lost in the spectacle of Vettel’s dominant showing was the fact that this was the last race of Silverstone in Formula One with future British Grand Prix races moving to Donington Park beginning next year.
Despite all the storylines surrounding the British GP, Sebastian Vettel quashed all of them his almost-too-perfect weekend. Not only did he claim the Trifecta ( pole position, fastest lap, race win) but he also moved to 2 points off of Rubens Barrichello for second place in the standings and 25 points off of Jenson Button at the top.
Despite the gap from third to first, Vettel’s performance at Silverstone proved that this Formula One season is still far from over and the coronation of Button as World Champion just might not be a sure thing after all.