Close your eyes if you’re a fan of any other team than Red Bull – the recent stats show that they are the ones to beat when it comes to racing around the home of British motor sport.
Their impressive run started in 2009, where home support was in full force for Jenson Button and his unstoppable Brawn. But against most expectations, Red Bull and their upgarded RB6 stole the show. Sebastian Vettel took the hat-trick of pole position, race win and fastest lap, while teammate Mark Webber followed him home in runners-up spot.
A year later and it would be Mark who would take the honours. Having lost out to Vettel in regards to who got the better front wing, the Aussie used that motivation to overcome Sebastian being on pole to win comfortably, prompting the now infamous “Not bad for a number 2 driver” quote. Seb suffered from an opening lap puncture, but fought back to 7th.
Fernando Alonso spoiled the party in 2011, but both Red Bulls finished 2nd and 3rd, despite the fact that Webber took pole position. This wasn’t without controversy though – Webber was told to “mantain the gap” whilst looking to pass Vettel for 2nd place, causing the team orders debate to rear it’s ugly head again.
In 2012, the same combination of drivers would make the podium, but Mark took his second win in three seasons after passing Alonso for the lead with 5 laps remaining. Vettel took 3rd place.
The Red Bull/Silverstone statistics in full;
- Since 2009, the team has taken three poles (from a potential four) and three wins (again, from a potential four)
- Vettel’s Britain record since 2009 – 1st, 7th, 2nd, 3rd
- Webber’s Britain record in the same time – 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 1st
- Six front row starts from a possible eight
- Seven podiums from a potential eight
- Webber hasn’t started lower than 3rd since 2008, and hasn’t been off the podium since 2009