Vettel cuts Button's lead with British win

Germany's Sebastian Vettel ran away with the British Grand Prix in a Red Bull one-two today while Formula One leader Jenson Button laboured to sixth place.

Australian Mark Webber finished runner-up for the third time this year, more than 15 seconds behind the 21-year-old, to equal his career best result, with Brazilian Rubens Barrichello third for Brawn GP.

Britain's Button, winner of six of the first seven races including the last four, had his overall lead over Barrichello trimmed to 23 points after finishing off the podium for the first time in 2009.

Button has 64 points, Barrichello 41. Vettel is a further two behind with nine rounds remaining after a dominant victory from pole position. Brawn have 105 in the constructors' championship with Renault-powered Red Bull on 74.5 in a two-horse race.

The win, in a processional race lacking drama or incident, was Vettel's second of the season and third of his Formula One career.

Despite being a German standing on the podium to the strains of the Austrian anthem, Vettel paid tribute to his British-based team.

"Thank you very much guys, this is a dream coming true. We've won the British Grand Prix," he said over the team radio after taking the chequered flag.

"It is only my second time here but I enjoyed it so much," added the youngster who also led Red Bull to a one-two in China in April.

"The atmosphere was great. This is what I was dreaming of when I saw the first grands prix here at Silverstone in the era of (Britain's 1992 world champion Nigel) Mansell and so on. It is kind of unreal to know that I am here, I've made it, I've won this grand prix."

Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa was fourth, ahead of Germany's Nico Rosberg for Williams.

Italy's Jarno Trulli was seventh for Toyota, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen taking the last point in a race billed as a farewell to the track that hosted the first Formula One championship race in 1950.

Red Bull's superiority over the Mercedes-powered Brawn was underlined by Vettel lapping more than a second a lap faster than his rivals in the early stages, despite being heavier on fuel, and finishing 41.1 seconds ahead of Barrichello.

"I don't think we could have beaten them today," said Brawn owner Ross Brawn.

Barrichello, who has not won a race since 2004 when he was at Ferrari, said he was happy to have closed the gap on Button despite suffering from back pains all weekend.

Button, who had struggled all weekend for grip and to get heat into his tyres, started sixth but had fallen to ninth after the opening lap.

He worked himself back into the points and then made up two places at his second pitstop, when he switched to softer tyres and chased Rosberg all the way to the finish before running out of time.

McLaren's world champion Lewis Hamilton, who won by a massive 68 seconds in the wet last year, finished 16th - the Briton's fourth race in a row out of the points - but received a huge roar from the crowd as he crossed the line.

His team mate Heikki Kovalainen and Toro Rosso's Sebastien Bourdais were the day's only casualties, both retiring in the pits after colliding on lap 35.

Despite the track being littered with debris, the racing line was clear and officials decided there was no need to deploy the safety car.

Donington Park is due to host the British Grand Prix next year, although Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said it will return to Silverstone if that circuit is not ready.

Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux play teeneage lovers in the French erotic drama 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour' - The survey found four times as many women admitting to same-sex experiences than 20 years ago
filmBlue Is The Warmest Colour, Bojack Horseman and Hobbit on the way
News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleBenidorm actor was just 68
Arts and Entertainment
Preparations begin for Edinburgh Festival 2014
Edinburgh festivalAll the best shows to see at Edinburgh this year
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices