Sebastian Vettel had an absolute nightmare opening lap at Silverstone. A poor start and contact with Lewis Hamilton gave the German a puncture and he went straight on at Becketts. By the time he had dragged his RB6 back to the pits and changed to a set of hard tyres he found himself nearly a lap down on his team mate and race leader Mark Webber. His pace was then pretty steady, though his plan was now to do 51 laps on the same set of tyres. For a significant points haul to be possible, he needed a field bunching safety car period and pieces of Pedro de la Rosa meant that this occurred with 24 laps left.
As the train of cars gathered, Vettel found himself the second last car in the quene. Only the Force India of Vitantonio Liuzzi was behind him as the cars behind in the order were in front on track but a lap down. We had seen that the soft tyres were working well early in the race and of course they would have become easier to run as the track gained more and more rubber. By pitting, Vettel would have lost 1 position but gained fresh rubber. We seen how this can be such a big help in the closing stages of a race with Kamui Kobayashi in Valencia.
He did get himself up to 7th but i feel that he should have pitted as the sacrifice of losing 1 place would have probably been outweighed by new tyres and he could have well cleared cars quicker and perhaps could have got as high as 5th realistically. There was little to lose and i feel it was definitely a feasible strategic option. They were still important points but in a championship so close, every race is important to make the most of and certainly the operational side of Red Bull remains a weak side of the team after the front wing controversy of Saturday and the failure to call Vettel in on Sunday