The unavoidable story – and the fundamentals Formula One needs to sort out quickly

Lewis Hamilton did superbly well to pocket fourth at Silverstone - but it still should have been mor

Lewis Hamilton did superbly well to pocket fourth at Silverstone - but it still should have been more for him in his Mercedes. - Credit: PA

This column should be about Lewis Hamilton's recovery drive from the back of the grid to a fourth-placed finished – or better still, his victory. Or Mark Webber's similar effort, recovering from another shocking start to come within half a second of more Silverstone glory.

How about Mercedes' continuing improvement – a pattern being followed by Nico Rosberg. Having flattered to deceive in the past we could've discussed whether they can produce a serious challenge in 2013.

Lotus had a bit of a blowout and Caterham's path continues to be blurred, not to mention Paul di Resta's latest bout of qualifying indigestion – then points finish.

And of course, the weekend will have lined him up – along with a host of other drivers – as a potential replacement for Webber's soon to be vacated Red Bull seat.

I would have much rather written about how much Formula One will miss a man of Webber's stature. For as happy as he looked following his Thursday announcement of a 2014 deal with Porsche, only those hoping for a promotion up the grid should be happy at him moving on.


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And don't forget, Silverstone began to repair its reputation with a faultless weekend for vast fields of campers and masses of spectators – Sunday brought the circuit's third-highest race-day attendance of 120,000.

But for one time too many, it's tyres that dominated the fall-out from the race and every Formula One space going since.

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Yes, Sunday had it's spectacular moments and ex-F1 winner John Watson is probably right when he suggested this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring will have a bigger audience because of it.

However, you only had to be taking in 2013 British Grand Prix to realise exploding tyres was the last thing Formula One needed to deal with.

Indeed, by the time Jean-Eric Vergne's left rear had made it three blowouts in just eight laps, it was no real surprise the thought crossed the mind of race director Charlie Whiting to stop the race.

It's hard to imagine what would have happened next if he had.

The worst possible result is that Pirelli gets pilloried. They don't deserve it.

Since they came into the sport, the Italian tyre manufacturer has done everything asked of them by the FIA. At the same time they have also had to deal with probably the most haphazard governance of any sport.

The muddle over rules for tests, the continued arguing over the what, how and why of future testing – something Pirelli has been desperate to undertake to improve the performance and safety of the tyres – led to what happened at the weekend.

And even then, Silverstone's kerbs can't be discounted for the reasons why some cars had cuts in their tyres.

The sight of Hamilton's victory hopes blowing up was heartbreaking for most at Silverstone. The fact it kept happened to others got annoying.

But while Pirelli will be told to sort it out, they may as well have their hands tied behind backs while being ordered to pick up all the rubber sprayed across Silverstone's straights.

Because while the teams call the shots, it's no wonder things – including tyres – will continue to be pulled in 11 different directions.

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