#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Silverstone 2015 – #BritishGP

Brought to you by TJ13 Courtroom Reporter & Crime Analyst: Adam Macdonald (@adamac39)


[For those who are new to the page; TJ13 attempts to remove certain aspects of the race to give a fairer reflection of the race result.]

For a brief period it seemed that we were to be taken back in time, with a Williams driver to bring home the car of the racing legend Sir Frank on a warm Northampton day.  However, in almost the blink of an eye there was a Mercedes back out in front, which at least some of the Formula One fans around the world thought could have been prevented.  However, for my side, I think it was good of the Grove team to not abandon its principals when a sniff of glory presents itself.

To see a team stay true to itself is little valued nowadays, which is a shame.  Integrity is a dying quality, but perhaps I am just being old fashioned here in my ideals.  What is the view of the TJ13 jury?

So what really happened?

Jenson Button: Another unfortunate British Grand Prix for the 2009 World Champion as friendly fire amongst the ranks at Woking ended his race on lap 1.  The clout he received from Fernando Alonso meant his car’s powertrain switched off to protect itself…in fairness 3 corners was probably just about as much as the Honda system could handle.  As it was deemed a racing incident he remains retired – although it was never going to be a fruitful afternoon for him really.

Felipe Nasr: Unable to even make the start line, as per the rules of the post he remains out of the running as a DNS.

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado: Another example of friendly fire and another pair that remains retired.  Having struggled for traction around the high speed circuit all weekend, the first lap collision pretty much summed up the weekend for Lotus.  Historically, Hungary was a strong showing from the Enstone team, so they will have better hopes for this weekend.

Max Verstappen: Not that we like to boast or show off at TJ13 (much), but many of the team had predicted that the young Dutchman would show his age sooner rather than later.  A raw and unrefined talent has its inspired moments, but also those that show the lack of experience.  His retirement was entirely his own doing, so he remains out of the race.

Daniel Ricciardo: Unable to sort out the problems out on track, the Aussie was forced into an early retirement.  He is awarded 10th position.

Carlos Sainz: Having been running well, the young Spaniard will be disappointed to have missed out on a couple of points here after an early strong showing.  Sainz is awarded 9th place.

Marcus Ericsson: The slow stop from Sauber was eventually inconsequential as the Swiss car struggled for grip when the rain came down.  Either way, it was a solid drive from the Swede as he was left in a race of his own at the end.  He remains in position.

The Verdict
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:

Revised Race Position Driver Result comparison Points Points Difference Grid Position
Start RevisedPosition
1 Lewis Hamilton = 25 = 1 1
2 Nico Rosberg = 18 = 2 2
3 Sebastian Vettel = 15 = 6 3
4 Felipe Massa = 12 = 3 4
5 Valtteri Bottas = 10 = 4 5
6 Daniil Kvyat = 8 = 7 6
7 Nico Hulkenberg = 6 = 9 7
8 Kimi Raikkonen = 4 = 9 8
9 Carlos Sainz RETIRED 2 +2 8 9
10 Daniel Ricciardo RETIRED 1 +1 10 10
11 Sergio Perez -2 0 -2 11 11
12 Fernando Alonso -2 0 -1 17 12
13 Marcus Ericsson -2 0 = 15 13
14 Roberto Merhi -2 0 = 20 14
15 Will Stevens -2 0 = 19 15
16 Max Verstappen = RETIRED 0 = 13 16
17 Romain Grosjean = RETIRED 0 = 12 17
18 Pastor Maldonado = RETIRED 0 = 14 18
19 Jenson Button = RETIRED 0 = 18 19
20 Felipe Nasr = DNS 0 = 20


Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:

Driver Revised WDC WDC Points Difference
Position Points
Lewis Hamilton 1 197 +3
Nico Rosberg 2 180 +3
Sebastian Vettel 3 135 =
Kimi Raikkonen 4 83 +7
Valtteri Bottas 5 77 =
Felipe Massa 6 76 +2
Daniel Ricciardo 7 31 -5
Romain Grosjean 8 27 +10
Daniil Kvyat 9 25 -2
Nico Hulkenberg 10 19 -5
Pastor Maldonado 11 18 +6
Max Verstappen 12 13 +3
Sergio Perez 13 9 -6
Carlos Sainz Jr 14 9 =
Felipe Nasr 15 8 -8
Jenson Button 16 2 -2
Marcus Ericsson 17 0 -5
Fernando Alonso 18 0 -1
Roberto Merhi 19 0 =
Will Stevens 20 0 =

*Those with 0 points will not be ordered

What they would have said

Had Kvyat not spun during the extra lap he did in the rain on slick tyres, he may have been up there challenging for his first Formula One podium. Alas, it was not to be, though the young Russian has been impressive in this middle stint of the season when many had expected him to struggle.

One contentious point in placing the cars here was whether the Toro Rosso would have been able to fend off the Red Bull with its superior downforce in the wet conditions at the end.  For this post, Carlos Sainz has been given the benefit of the doubt.  The tight and twisty nature of the Hungaroring should suit the Red Bull family more than Silverstone.

Quote of the Day

Lewis Cass, the American military officer and later politician famously stated, “People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.”


A day when many would have buckled and gone against their values, Sir Frank Williams and his team did what they believed in, which is why nobody doubts his credentials as a racer.

2 responses to “#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Silverstone 2015 – #BritishGP

  1. I guess it wouldn’t affect your adjustments here, but can we at least properly assign the blame for the dual Lotus retirement to Ricciardo? I can’t tell if he had typical Red Bull brake issues or just came in too hot, but it is at least clear that he punted Grosjean into Maldonado

  2. “a team stay true to itself is little valued nowadays”
    But this is F1 – don’t you know only money matters!!

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