LIVE: Formula 1 – British Grand Prix Race


The live blog below will be updated automatically throughout the race which starts at 13:00 UK time. Contact us on twitter at @tcff1

14:47Full race report now online – Click here to read it

14:36We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the 2012 British Grand Prix as much as we did, keep a look out for the full race report and reactions from the teams and drivers over the rest of the day.

14:32What a brilliant British Grand Prix, it looked set that Fernando Alonso would walk to the win but Red Bull Racing proved why they are champions at the end of the day.

14:31Result: WEB, ALO, VET, MAS, RAI, GRO, MSC, HAM, SEN, BUT, KOB, HUL, RIC, VER, ROS, MAL, KOV, GLO, PIC, DLR, KAR
Retirements: PER, DIR, PET

14:30Unsung hero of the race has to be Felipe Massa who drove a brilliant race to secure fourth place, a faultless drive by the Brazilian as he finishes just 6.5 seconds behind team-mate Fernando Alonso

14:28MARK WEBBER WINS THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX Fernando Alonso follows him home with Sebastian Vettelcomes home in third.

14:27Bruno Senna makes it by Nico Hulkenberg after stalking him for laps, Hulkenberg tries to respond and runs out of track Button moves up to tenth.

14:26Kimi Raikkonen runs off the circuit as he attempts to chase down Felipe Massa

14:25Mark Webber continues to extend his lead, looks like the Red Bull driver may have done enough for the victory. Meanwhile Felipe Massa responds to the pressure from Kimi Raikkonen

14:24Mark Webber pulls out a 1.3 second lead as Kimi Raikkonen sets the fastest lap in fifth place

14:22Great driving and respect from Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber during their battle for the lead

14:21Mark Webber takes the lead to the cheering crowd, Fernando Alonso will now be pushing hard to regain the lead in the closing laps.

14:21Looks like Michael Schumacher got those earlier DRS problems fixed as he breezes by Lewis Hamilton on the Wellington straight

14:20Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber are running 0.4 seconds apart now, Michael Schumacher 0.5 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton in seventh.

14:18Michael Schumacher is now all over the back of Lewis Hamilton, it looks like it’s going to be a battle for the British driver to hang on to seventh place

14:18Mark Webber now in the DRS zone behind Fernando Alonso… this is going to be a tight finish!

14:16Mark Webber closes up to 1.3 seconds behind Fernando Alonso while further back Michael Schumachercloses in to 1.1 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton.

14:15Fernando Alonso‘s lead is now down to 2.2 seconds as Mark Webber picks up his pace.

14:14Michael Schumacher closes the gap down to 2.5 seconds between him and Lewis Hamilton

14:14Jenson Button pushing hard in 11th place, he’ll be looking to leap by Senna and Hulkenberg to secure 9th place

14:13Lewis Hamilton appears to be losing ground on Romain Grosjean and falling in to the grasp of Michael Schumacher as the German cuts the gap to 3.6 seconds

14:12Felipe Massa lights up the timing screens briefly as Kimi Raikkonen out performs followed by Romain Grosjean setting the pace once again. The Frenchman is now just 3.3 seconds behind his team-mate

14:11One of the Sauber mechanics are being taken to be checked out after Kobayashi‘s disastrous pitstop, early reports suggest no series injuries.

14:10On lap 40 Fernando Alonso leads by 3.9 seconds over Mark Webber with Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel in third.

14:09Romain Grosjean is the man on a mission as he sets another fastest lap, nearly half a second that team-mateKimi Raikkonen who he is chasing down.

14:08Nico Rosberg has a long pitstop as the team struggle to tighten the left front wheel

14:06Kamui Kobayashi enters his pit box too hot and hits three of his mechanics, lets hope they are ok

14:05Lewis Hamilton seems to be confused with who he is battling with the pitstops as he asks the team “Can you help me understand who I’m racing?”

14:04Fernando Alonso pits early to rejoin in front of Mark Webber comfortably.

14:04Kimi Raikkonen responds to the pressure from his team-mate as he sets the fastest time of the day, the times are starting to fall as the rubber finally goes down on the Silverstone circuit.

14:03Alonso leads the race on lap 36 with the only retirements we’ve had are Paul Di RestaVitaly Petrov andSergio Perez

14:01Romain Grosjean flashes by Lewis Hamilton on DRS, Grosjean now chasing down his team-mateRaikkonen

13:59Jenson Button gives the British fans something to cheer about as he sets the fastest lap of the race, meanwhilKobayashi and Schumacher are fighting tooth and nail for sixth

13:58Mark Webber pits from second place as team-mate Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap

13:55Hamilton and Grosjean breeze by the McLaren of Jenson ButtonSebastian Vettel pits to resume just before Michael SchumacherButton Pits.

13:54Mclaren team to  Jenson Button“Don’t lose time to Lewis, don’t worry about Lewis.”

13:53Lewis Hamilton moves up to eleventh place, Romain Grosjean follows the Brit through as Nico Rosbergloses two places in as many corners.

13:51Romain Grosjean sets another fastest lap in 13th place

13:50Lewis Hamilton pits again for a short run on the soft tyres, back out on the hard tyres again, resumes on track behind Nico Rosberg.

13:50Positions on Lap 27: ALO, WEB, VET, MAS, RAI, HAM, MSC, KOB, HUL, SEN, BUT, ROS, GRO, RIC, VER,KOV, MAL, GLO, DLR, PIC, KAR

13:45Fernando Alonso sets the fastest lap of the race as he pulls out a 5.4 second lead over Mark Webber andSebastian Vettel

13:43Kimi Raikkonen sets the fastest lap as he hunts down Felipe Massa

13:43Kimi Raikkonen moves up to fifth place as he passes Michael Schumacher, now Lewis Hamilton will be looking to make the same move up and takes the place in to Copse.

13:42Lewis Hamilton is now on the rear of Kimi Raikkonen who is chasing down the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher. Meanwhile Sergio Perez is placing firm blame on Pastor Maldonado for the incident that took him out of the race.

13:39Hamilton now pits, a good stop by the team as he rejoins in seventh place just behind Kimi Raikkonen.

13:38The McLaren team are waiting for Lewis Hamilton to pit as the Brit heads around for another lap. Hamilton tells the pits “My tyres don’t feel bad at the moment.”

13:37Top 10 on lap 20: ALO, HAM, WEB, VET, MAS, MSC, RAI, GRO, KOB, HUL

13:3620 laps in and Lewis Hamilton remains out on track, him and Pedro de la Rosa are the only cars yet to pit.

13:35Kamui Kobayashi is on a charge as he goes fastest in the second sector, he’s chasing the Lotus of Romain Grosjean in eighth place.

13:34Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are putting on a great show in front of the British fans, the Spaniard has made it around Hamilton.

13:32McLaren team to Lewis Hamilton“Time to push. Don’t worry about ALO behind, you’re still gapping the cars we need to gap. This is great stuff, every tenth counts.”

13:31Lewis Hamilton leads the race but is still to pit, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg battle over fourteenth place.

13:30Fastest lap for Mark Webber as Jenson Button pits for the softer compound of tyres

13:30Felipe Massa surges by the McLaren of Jenson Button, the Brit is up to ninth place but still to pit

13:28Fernando Alonso pits for tyres, Webber is pushing hard setting a fastest sector on S2.

13:27Mark Webber pits from second place as the team strap on hard tyres to the Red Bull, he gets back out in fourth place between the Sauber of Kobayashi and Hulkenberg

13:26Race control – DRS Enabled

13:25Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen pit, hard tyres for the Brazilian

13:25Romain Grosjean now up to 15th place as he looks to take a place from fellow Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne

13:24Race control reports that DRS has been disabled for all drivers

13:23Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado have made contact and spun off together, it looks like the Mexican is out of the race, Maldonado continue to limp back to the pits

13:22The Frenchman is on a charge from the back as he sets another fastest lap briefly before Fernando Alonsosets the pace. Felipe Massa finally manages to get around Michael Schumacher

13:21Replays show Romain Grosjean made a glancing touch to the tyre of Paul Di Resta

13:20Romain Grosjean flies by the Marussia of Timo Glock, next stop Heikki Kovalainen.

VETTEL PITS

13:19Felipe Massa will have to be careful as he  looks to get around the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher with World Champion Sebastian Vettel hot on his heels waiting to pick up the pieces.

13:18Romain Grosjean sets another fastest lap as he moves up to 19th place, Timo Glock is his next target.

13:17The DRS-less Michael Schumacher is backing up the field, Felipe Massa is desperate to get by his former Ferrari team-mate.

13:16Fernando Alonso continues to lead the race with a 1.9 second advantage over Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher

13:14Michael Schumacher is still under pressure from Felipe Massa as the Brazilian looks to go up the inside of the Mercedes.

13:13Lewis Hamilton is struggling on the hard compound tyres in eighth place.

13:12Michael Schumacher is without his DRS, not good for the German who remains in third place.

13:11Romain Grosjean who is down in 22nd has just set the fastest lap as he looks to move back through the field after earlier problems.

13:11Paul Di Resta is out of the grand prix after earlier contact resulting in damage to the car and a puncture.

13:09Sergio Perez sets the fastest lap on the third time around

13:09Lap 3 top 10: ALO, WEB, MSC, MAS, VET, MAL, RAI, HAM, PER, SEN

13:08Felipe Massa looks up the inside of Schumacher  at Copse, Schumacher slams the door with Vettel now charging hard to get by the Brazilian

13:07Romain Grosjean pits

13:06Grosjean, Button and Kobayashi battle hard as Raikkonen and Maldonado fight over sixth.

13:05Jenson Button is on the move already and is up to twelfth place on the first lap challenging Romain Grosjean for eleventh.

13:04Paul Di Resta has had drama already as his spins out with a puncture, the Scot is now limping back to the pits for new tyres.

13:04Fernando Alonso leaps in to the lead at the first corner ahead of Mark Webber

13:03The cars line up on the grid… we’re ready to go…

13:00The cars pull away from the grid to start their formation lap, the start of the race is now minutes away.

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12:59McLaren team to Lewis Hamilton: “The latest weather forecast is that there’s no rain for 30 minutes. There are showers around, but not over the circuit at the moment.”

12:55Vitaly Petrov is out of the race already. Caterham confirm the news after his engine failed.

12:55Initial forecasts suggest that the first part of the race will remain dry but there is a chance of rain towards the middle of the race.

12:52Just five minutes to go until the start of the race, the drivers are climbing in to their cars.

12:50This is how the drivers line up for today’s race with Fernando Alonso leading the way. British fans will be hoping for a charge from Lewis Hamilton from the fourth row and Jenson Button back on the eighth row.

1st row

  • Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
  • Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)

2nd row

  • Michael Schumacher (Mercedes-AMG)
  • Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

3rd row

  • Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
  • Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault)

4th row

  • Pastor Maldonado (Williams-Renault)
  • Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)

5th row

  • Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault)
  • Paul di Resta (Force India-Mercedes)

6th row

  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes-AMG)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso-Ferrari)

7th row

  • Bruno Senna (Williams-Renault)
  • Nico H|lkenberg (Force India-Mercedes)

8th row

  • Sergio Perez (Sauber-Ferrari)
  • Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)

9th row

  • Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber-Ferrari)
  • Vitaly Petrov (Caterham-Renault)

10th row

  • Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham-Renault)
  • Timo Glock (Marussia-Cosworth)

11th row

  • Pedro de la Rosa (HRT-Cosworth)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (HRT-Cosworth)

12th row

  • Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso-Ferrari)
  • Charles Pic (Marussia-Cosworth)
12:47Welcome along to our coverage of the British Grand Prix 2012, the weather at Silverstone today is looking much better than the weekend so far, the track is dry and the cars are lined up on the grid ready for race start at 13:00.