The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is always something special. The fast and wide track make for exciting racing and the British crowds are always good in their support of drivers giving their all. Unfortunately the British weather didn’t play nice on Friday and Saturday and Silverstone was turned into a muddy pool. The racing was suspended several times and the crowds were wet wet wet. In the end Fernando Alonso claimed pole position. On race day the sun was out and the racing was going to be dry. With certain drivers starting on the soft tires and others on the harder compound it was very difficult to judge who was going to come out on top. It certainly wasn’t going to be home drivers Hamilton and Button as their McLarens simply did not have the speed. For a long time it looked as if Alonso was going to claim victory, but with several laps to go Mark Webber excuted a brilliant overtaking move and took the lead and chequered flag.

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Ferrari F1 technicians test a F2012 car at Silverstone racetrack ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix near Northampton. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Lotus driver Romain Grosjean poses with his E20 car and the Tumbler on the Silverstone racetrack ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton of Britain arrives ahead of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives into the pits during the first practice session for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean goes off course at Becketts Corner during the first practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Massa drives during the first practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Caterham Formula One driver Kovalainen goes off course at Becketts Corner during the first practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain completes a lap during first practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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The car of Ferrari driver Alonso is being pushed to his garage ahead of the first practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives out of the pits during first practice session for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel drives during the first practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher drives during the first practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain gestures in his garage during the first practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain gestures in his garage during the first practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Force India Formula One driver Paul Di Resta of Britain completes a lap during the first practice session for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany completes a lap during first practice session for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland completes a lap during first practice session for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel gets into his car during the first practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, central England. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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McLaren driver Hamilton of Britain waves to the crowd during the second practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany prepares ahead of second practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Massa of Brazil yawns during second practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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A man selling Pims sits in the rain during the second practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, central England. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher of Germany reacts during second practice of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Williams Formula One driver Bruno Senna of Brazil looks at rain clouds after crashing his car during the second practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads McLaren driver Jenson Button of Britain during the second practice session of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain completes a lap during second practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Sauber Formula One driver Kobayashi of Japan drives out of the pit during third practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton of Britain drives out of the pit during third practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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HRT Formula One driver De La Rosa drives during the third practice session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Photos of Red Bull Racing fans who made a donation to charity appear on the car of Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany in the pit during third practice for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Cars prepare to leave the pit lane during the qualifying session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Cars prepare to leave the pit lane during the qualifying session of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Torro Rosso Formula One driver Vergne drives during the qualifying session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Spectators watch the qualifying session of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Sauber Formula One driver Kobayashi performs a pit stop during the qualifying session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Webber drives on the pit lane during the qualifying session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One pit crew do the Mexican wave in a rain delay during the qualifying session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Course marshals sweep water from the track during a break in qualifying for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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A Formula One racing fan waits for marshals to allow a resumption of the qualifying session of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain gestures as he walks past McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after taking pole position for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso reacts after qualifying on pole with second fastest Red Bull driver Webber and third fastest Mercedes driver Schumacher after qualifying for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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A traffic jam of Formula One fans forms ahead of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Sauber Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan sits on the grid ahead of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the pack at the start of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, central England. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso leads the race in the first lap during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, central England. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Webber of Australia changes tyres in the pits during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Force India Formula One driver Di Resta stands in his garage after retiring from the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads Red Bull's Mark Webber of Australia during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Massa of Brazil stops in the pits during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia drives during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, central England. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Button of Britain changes tyres in the pits during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso leads Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Weber of Australia during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, central England. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia is congratulated by his pit crew after winning the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia drives into the pits during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, central England. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Webber of Australia reacts after winning the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Weber of Australia (R) sprays Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso after winning the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, central England. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia is greeted by fans after winning the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

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The Red Bull Formula One team poses for a photograph after driver Mark Webber of Australia won the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS