Wickens completes perfect weekend
21 August 2011 – Robert Wickens claimed victory during the final race at Silverstone on Sunday, ensuring a clean sweep of pole positions and wins at the Northamptonshire venue. The Canadian extends his championship lead further, with Alexander Rossi and Daniel Ricciardo swapping positions from yesterday's opening race to make the podium once again.
"The day got off to a strange start," Wickens explained after the race. "I spent more than an hour in the traffic on the way to the circuit, so I missed ten minutes of the qualifying session. It’s been a perfect weekend, and we capped it off by winning the Teams title. I now have a good lead, but I still need to win races."
Carlin duo Wickens and Jean-Eric Vergne led away at the start of the race, with both men holding their respective grid positions early in the race. Ricciardo, who had made a strong getaway from fourth on the grid, put a great move on Vergne after the pit-stop phase, with the Frenchman quickly falling out of contention for a podium finish.
Rossi bounced back after losing ground early on, jumping to second behind leader Wickens courtesy of a quick pit-stop. However, the American was unable to get close enough for a move in the closing stages, ultimately having to settle for the second step on the podiu. There were more problems for Vergne late on, as a late pit lane visit for fellow countryman Nathanael Berthon saw him drop further down the order to fifth.
Wickens remained calm en route to the chequered flag, taking another controlled victory during his most successful weekend of 2011 so far. Berthon held onto fourth ahead of Vergne at the finish, with Albery Costa trailing the latter by just under a second in sixth place. Jake Rosenzweig gave America even more to cheer about in seventh, while Brendon Hartley, Cesar Ramos and Kevin Korjus rounded out the top ten.
Update: Fortec drivers Alexander Rossi and Cesar Ramos were disqualified for a wheel nut infringement
Round 8 of the championship takes place at Paul Ricard on the weekend of September 17-18