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Who shone brightest at Silverstone?

Who do you think was the star performer in the British Grand Prix?
Fernando Alonso ended Ferrari's barren spell by winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday but despite that second place was still good enough for Sebastian Vettel to further extend his lead in the battle for the 2011 F1 title.

Indeed Vettel is now 80 points ahead and he may well have won again in his Red Bull RB7 had it not been for that slow second stop. That incident was just one of many dramatic moments during the event at Silverstone, which notably also saw McLaren's Lewis Hamilton cling on to fourth despite a thrilling final corner scrap with Felipe Massa.

We've chosen a few drivers who we think shone during the ninth round in the championship, but let us know who you think was the star of the day...

Fernando Alonso:
Claimed his - and Ferrari's - first win of the season in style and eventually crossed the line to take the glory by a margin of 16.5 seconds [see separate story - click here].

Sebastian Vettel:
Looked set for another victory until that slow second stop - despite that though he still fought back to take the runners-up spot, albeit with a little bit of help at the end from team orders [see separate story - click here].

Mark Webber:
Third at the finish, but may well have been second had he not been told to hold station - much to his displeasure [see separate story - click here].

Lewis Hamilton:
Held on to fourth in his McLaren, despite having to switch to fuel saving mode in the latter stages of the race, and despite that final corner scrap with Felipe Massa [see separate story - click here].

Sergio Perez
Qualified twelfth, but again came through the field and took an encouraging seventh place in his Sauber - very impressive for a man taking in only his seventh F1 grand prix [see separate story - click here].

Jenson Button:
Was looking good for possibly that first Silverstone podium until the final stop when he was released before the front-right wheel was properly secured [see separate story - click here].

Related Pictures

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10.07.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia race winner
10.07.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position
10.07.2011- Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
10.07.2011- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
10.07.2011- Race, Sergio PŽrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30 and Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault GP R31
10.07.2011- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
10.07.2011- Race, Start of the race

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July 11, 2011 2:41 PM

Although Schumi has a strong case for fighting back brilliantly in the points, after being down in 18th after a harsh penalty, as well as surging up 4 places on the first lap alone, it has to be Alonso Alonso was very good, and showed great pace, and despite getting help in the form of the mobile chicane Hamilton holding up Vettel and Webber, drove very well for a deserved victory.

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