Silverstone finally saw some sun and Fernando Alonso was on it from the off, cutting across Mark Webber in second as they made their way down to the first corner in the British Grand Prix.
British hopeful, Paul di Resta had a disappointing opening lap, when he had to pit with a puncture after contact on track and then retired from the race.
Felipe Massa was battling with Michael Schumacher for third, but a mistake by the Ferrari driver forces him into the clutches of Sebastian Vettel where he has to make some very defensive moves to hold him off down the Hangar Straight.
With Alonso building up a 1.6 second lead, it was Schumacher forming a queue of traffic behind him helping the Spaniard and Red Bullís Webber to get a clear lead. By lap 12, Massa had thrown his Ferrari up the inside at Stowe and had taken third position.
Yellow flags were waved on lap 13 when Pastor Maldonado clattered his Williams into the Sauber of Sergio Perez, an incident to be investigated by the stewards at the end of the race.
Alonso finally pitted on lap 16, the harder compound tyres working well in the first stint of the race. He came back out in second, just behind a hard-charging Lewis Hamilton who hadnít pitted. A great battle between them both entertained the British fans.
A winner from the pitstops was Vettel, who got ahead of both Massa and Schumacher to move up to fourth.
At the halfway stage of the race Alonso had opened up a 6.199 lead over Webber, with his Red Bull team mate, Vettel in third. On lap 25, the fastest man on track was Lotus driver, Kimi Raikkonen in fifth looking to take another podium finish this season.
Lewis Hamilton had a very short eight lap stint on his tyres and on lap 29 was back in the pits for the harder tyres, rejoining in 12th behind Nico Rosberg before overtaking the German a lap later into Copse.
Fellow Brit and team-mate, Jenson Button was having a disappointing home race and struggled to make it into the top ten.
Kamui Kobayashi had a moment in the pit lane when he carried too much speed entering his pit box and couldnít stop quick enough without knocking a few of his mechanics over.
With an earlier than predicted stop for leader Alonso, the remaining twelve laps saw Webber cut the gap to the Ferrari and by lap 43 had reduced it to 3.5 seconds. Further down the field, Vettel was holding off Massa, who was looking for his first podium of the season, while Schumacher was looking to get past Hamilton.
After taking chunks out of his lead, lap 48 saw a brave move from Webber as he went around the outside of Alonso at Brooklands to take first in a thrilling last few laps of the race.
Mark Webber took a stunning win at the British Grand Prix to take his second win of the season.
Pedro de la Rosa
By Olivia Gauch
Sun, 08 Jul 2012