Mark Webber is now lying in third place in the F1 championship standings after crossing the line to take the chequered flag at yesterdays British Grand Prix at the newly modernised Silverstone circuit.
Webber was still smarting from the team decision to give his Red Bull team mate the newly developed front wing off of his car just before the start of the qualifying session after the one fitted to Sebastian Vettel’s car broke during the morning session, leaving the German driver to go on and secure pole position.
The Australian driver led the race from the very first corner as he squeezed his car in front of his team-mate Vettel, who in turn touched wheels with the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton, damaging the rear wheel of the Red Bull and was forced to return to the pits for new tyres.
Webber set fastest lap after fastest lap ahead of Hamilton and third place man Robert Kubica in the Renault, Nico Rosberg for Mercedes and Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari. Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa appeared to make contact as they battled for position resulting in the Brazilian driver heading back to the pits after a puncture.
Kubica retired from the race after suffering a driveshaft failure on his car leaving Rosberg the chance at the third step of the podium while a challenging Jenson Button stayed on his tail after moving up from fourteenth place on the grid to fourth.
The safety car was deployed on lap 28 of the race after Force India driver Adrian Sutil ran into the back of Pedro de la Rosa in the BMW Sauber as they headed down the pit straight, littering the circuit with debris. The incident played nicely into the hands of Vettel who began to work his way back through the field despite making contact with Sutil after finally getting past without either drivers suffering any problems.
Webber, who had created a gap of over 7 seconds on Hamilton until the safety car, finished the race 1.3 seconds ahead of the McLaren driver who was followed by Rosberg and Button.
In fifth place was the Williams driver Rubens Barrichello ahead of the BMW Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi and Vettel who finished in an impressive seventh place from the back of the field.
Adrian Sutil crossed the line in eighth place followed by Michael Schumacher in ninth and the second Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg in tenth.
It was a disastrous weekend for the Ferrari team after Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa’s starting incident and then later Alonso was given a drive-through penalty for taking a short cut when overtaking Kubica on lap 17. His penalty coincided with the deployment of the safety car which moved him from 4th place back to 15th and out of the points.
The Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari suffered brake failure just 7 laps from the end of the race while Lucas di Grassi failed to finish the race due to an hydraulics problem in the Virgin car.
Here are the results;
1. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 52 laps 1hr 24m 38.200s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +1.3s
3. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +21.3s
4. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +21.9s
5. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +31.4s
6. Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari +32.1s
7. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +36.7s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +40.9s
9. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +41.5s
10. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth +42.0s
11. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes +42.4s
12. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +47.6s
13. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +59.3s
14. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +62.3s
15. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +67.4s
16. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth +1 lap
17. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth +1 lap
18. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth +2 laps
19. Karun Chandhok India HRT-Cosworth +2 laps
20. Sakon Yamamoto Japan HRT-Cosworth +2 laps
Rtd. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 laps completed
Rtd. Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari 29 laps completed
Rtd. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault 19 laps completed
Rtd. Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth 9 laps completed
Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.874s
all times unofficial