Alonso Victorious At Silverstone

Fernando Alonso gave Ferrari its first triumph of 2011 on Sunday…

Associated Press  |  Posted July 10, 2011   Silverstone (GBR)

Fernando Alonso produced Ferrari’s first victory of the Formula One season at the British Grand Prix on Sunday after championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s hopes were thwarted by a pit-stop blunder.

Vettel was overtaken in the Silverstone pits by Alonso just after the halfway point when the Red Bull driver’s mechanics struggled to attach a wheel.

“I saw the problem in the pit stop with Sebastian and we were in the lead at that moment, but who knows what might have happened after that,” Alonso said. “I knew it was a race to be calm, make no mistakes, to not be off the track, and with that I knew the car had enough for victory and it came.”

A 27th career victory for Alonso lifted the two-time World Champion to third in the standings behind the Red Bull duo of Vettel and Mark Webber.

“Today it is 60 years since Ferrari won its first Grand Prix in Formula One,” Alonso said. “And today we won on the same circuit with the same passion.”

Vettel didn’t linger on the pit-spot issue, saying that “Ferrari beat us fair and square.”

“There were little mistakes here and there,” said the German, who has won six of the opening nine races. “You can’t get it right all the time, but credit to Ferrari — they have been getting stronger and improving their car, so it shows we need to keep pushing hard.”

There was controversy on the final lap as Vettel increased his lead in the drivers’ championship to 80 points over Webber, who had started from pole.

Webber had been ordered by the team to hold his third place and halt his pursuit of Vettel, who had jumped ahead of the Australian at the start when they started from the front row.

Webber said he was “not fine” with the situation, disclosing that he had ignored “probably four or five” orders not to pass his teammate.

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