Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

Mark Webber meets good old British weather during free practice. He would qualify on pole, for the 8th time in his career.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso gets ready to race the new and improved Ferrari.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

Making his debut in Formula One was Daniel Ricciardo from Australia. A Red Bull protégé, he was purchased a seat in one of the Hispanias to learn how to dodge blue flags during an actual race. He has a very impressive nose.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel should be a terrible person for all his seemingly effortless victories, but it’s little touches like this that make him so endearing: his helmet bears the name of everyone on the Red Bull team.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

Although McLaren were hit hard by the ban on exhaust-blown diffusers, team principal Martin Whitmarsh and Jenson Button share a laugh before the race.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

It was not a McLaren race: Button’s pit crew made a mistake, and he ended the race parked in the pitlane, on three wheels.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

Racing royalty mingle with hereditary royalty. From left to right: 1996 F1 world champion Damon Hill, Sir Jackie Stewart, Prince Harry.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

The start. Vettel is already away from polesitter Webber. Behind them, Alonso and Button are charging hard, and you can also see Lewis Hamilton beginning his trek from 10th to 4th.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso may have gotten lucky with Sebastian Vettel’s botched wheel change, but he earned his victory on merit: the Ferrari was super-fast all weekend.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

To make sure Italians will love him forever and ever, the first thing Alonso did after getting out of his car was to point to the Ferrari badge on his steering wheel.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

The podium. Fernando Alonso is happy. Mark Webber is not happy. Sebastian Vettel is probably world champion.

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Pictures from the 2011 British Grand Prix

Alonso let his team share in the victor’s champagne.

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