McLaren F1 race car

McLaren F1 race car

This weekend is the 2011 Formula 1 British Grand Prix, which once again takes place at the legendary Silverstone circuit in the UK. In the lead up to the actual race on Sunday, heated arguments have taken place over the degree of off-throttle exhaust blowing that will be allowed, with most teams having their levels restricted to 10 percent.

Despite the restrictions, which Red Bull Racing strongly argued against, Sebastian Vettel still managed to post the fastest time during practice yesterday, though Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton were close behind.

Hamilton, in particular, will be keen for a win in front of his home crowd as will his team mate Jenson Button. The British Grand Prix is one of the most exciting races on the calendar though when it comes to the actual Formula 1 Championship, it looks like the winner is already certain. 

With a total of six wins from just eight starts, Sebastian Vettel leads the points table with a whopping 77 points gap over Jenson Button and Red Bull Racing’s other driver, Mark Webber, who share second place with 109 points apiece.

Not surprisingly, Red Bull Racing is the clear leader in the Constructors’ Championship, with 295 points, followed by McLaren on 206 points and Ferrari on 129 points.