2012 promised to be a spectacular season for Formula One, with six current and former World Drivers Champions starting the season.
Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher broke the record of five World Drivers Champions starting a season that was set back in 1970. Of the six former World Driver Champions starting the season, only two of them are yet to finish a race as the winning driver. Both Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen are yet to win a race, regardless of the fact that Raikkonen has finished two races with the fastest lap time.
The Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit took place on 8th July, with Broadcast RF on hand with 11 screen links, a security helicopter and a FOM helicopter. Typical British weather greeted the teams upon their arrival at Silverstone, with the circuit receiving a month’s rainfall in just two days. The torrential rain forced qualifying to be suspended for over an hour, but on race day the circuit was declared dry, allowing drivers to start on the tyre compound of their choice.
The was plenty to talk about, with Paul di Resta crashing on the first lap after making contact with Romain Grosjean, and Pasor Maldonado colliding with Sergio Perez leading to an angry response from the Mexican. Also Kamui Kobayashi locked his tyres as he entered his pit box and hit three members of his pit crew, all of which thankfully sustained no serious injuries.
Fernando Alonso qualified for the race in pole position, and held his position at the front of the pack for the majority of the race. The race was ultimately decided by his choice to move on to the softer tyre option as the race concluded. Webber chose to move on to the harder prime for the final piece of the race and caught Alonso with only five laps to go.
Webber held on to claim his second win of the season, closing in on Alonso in the overall standings, now within thirteen points of his championship lead.
Regardless of the horrendous weather conditions and the several collisions and disruptions, everything worked successfully. Unfortunately for the British, Broadcast RF’s services could not influence Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button to succeed, finishing eighth and tenth overall.