Not bad for a No.2 driver, says Webber after Silverstone win
Red Bull’s Mark Webber put his anger at team Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfavouritism’ behind him to lead from the first lap and win the British Grand Prix.
Webber’s wing was given to his team-mate on Saturday, leaving the Australian fuming at the special treatment given to Sebastian Vettel.
It was poetic justice then, that Vettel suffered a puncture on the opening lap after Webber had overtaken him into the first corner. Webber went on to secure his third win of the season.
Webber’s reaction on the team radio after taking the chequered flag said it all: “Well done guys. Not bad for a number two driver.”
Vettel crawled back to the pits to change his tyres, dropping him to the back of the field, but recovered after a safety car period to set about the top 10, eventually finishing seventh.
Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button sensationally turned around a poor weekend for McLaren as both drivers had great opening laps as they finished second and fourth.
Hamilton was clearly slower than Webber on most parts of the circuit, and did well to keep with him for much of the race.
McLaren pitted Hamilton on lap 16, and with a big enough gap over Mercedes Nico Rosberg and team-mate Button rejoined in second, and stayed there for the rest of the race. Button pitted on lap 21, to drop to sixth behind Robert Kubica and Fernando Alonso.
Kubica then dropped out with a technical failure after a battle with Alonso which saw the Italian cut the corner at Vale to avoid a collision, without later conceding the position to Kubica.
Alonso’s race was then further destroyed as the safety car came out on lap 28 to clear away debris from the rear wing of Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber meaning he was unable to take his penalty until after the safety car came in.
With the pack bunched, Alonso’s penalty dropped him to sixteenth, before he eventually finished fourteenth ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa, as Ferrari had their worst race finish of the season.
At the restart, Webber easily pulled away from Hamilton making good use of his superior car, while Button moved up to fourth behind Rosberg as Alonso served his penalty, although fuel and engine management prevented him from ever challenging the Mercedes driver.
Williams’ Rubens Barrichello finished fifth with another fantastic drive after his fourth place in Valencia.
Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi also had another great weekend to take sixth ahead of Vettel, while German representatives finished out the top 10 as Force India’s Adrian Sutil led home, Michael Schumacher and the second Williams of Nico HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg.
Webber’s win moves him up to third in the drivers’ championship with 128 points ahead of Vettel on 121, while Hamilton’s second place takes him to 145 as he increased his lead over team mate Button on 133. Rosberg moved up to 90 points, just behind Alonso in fifth.