The best way to bounce back from a mistake is to follow up with a faultless drive, and that's exactly what Sebastian Vettel did at Silverstone.
After hitting the wall in Monaco and going off the road on the first lap in Turkey, he didn't put a foot wrong for the duration of the British GP weekend. He turned in a performance that was so dominant he made the race still fascinating to watch, despite any lack of excitement over the eventual outcome.
It was just the result Vettel and his team needed. Dominant in the rain in China, they might easily have won a couple of other races this year had luck gone their way, or strategy played out differently. And, while Jenson Button and Brawn might have built up a lead that will ultimately prove unassailable, RBR is clearly going to give the championship leaders a hard time over the second half of the season. The gap in the constructors' points table is far from impossible to close.
We knew going to Silverstone that RBR would be strong and could well have the edge on Brawn, but that was exacerbated by circumstances. In the cool conditions, Button in particular had trouble getting the tyres to work properly as his anxious descriptions over the team radio on Friday made clear. This time there was no gradual progression to perfection and it was left to the RBR cars to fight over pole. In the end, it didn't go quite right for Mark Webber, and Vettel - with the heaviest car in the top six - got it just right.
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