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British Grand Prix Webber Proves A Point

by F1Fan on July 12, 2010

The British Grand Prix at the new Silverstone Circuit was full of drama both on and off the Track.

Politics within Red Bull Racing seem intent on pulling the team apart. Just when Vettel and Webber seem to have made amends after coming together in the Turkish Grand Prix which cost Red Bull an one two finish, it came to light that after Vettels Saturday morning practice incident when the location pins on his cars new specification nose and front wing assembly failed, that instructions came from Austria to replace it the the new wing from Mark Webbers car, relegating Mark Webber to the old prior spec assembly.

That decision could well have cost Webber Pole Position as he ended up only just over a thirteen hundreds of a second behind Vettels time. No wonder he had such a poker face during the post qualifying press conference.

So come Sunday, Mark Webber had something to prove to his team, and he definitely did that in spades easily winning the British Grand Prix.

Starting on the front row alongside his teammate, but on the dirty side of the track, Webber made a fantastic start getting alongside Vettel before the first corner, Vettel defended trying to chop Webber off pushing him to the wall but Webber kept his foot in it and made it to the front, forcing Vettel wide in the second turn, Vettel wouldn’t give up an drove over the kerbing rather than relinquish the position, a fatal mistake that punctured his rear tire causing go off track and forcing him to pit at the end of the lap dropping him down into last place.

At the same time as all this was happening Lewis Hamilton in his McLAren had a great start getting by Alonso’s Ferrari and challenging first Vettel for Second untill Vettel’s puncture and then Webber for first place. This lasted for the first couple of laps before Webber managed to gap Hamilton and drive off into the distance, only briefly to be challenged again after the Safety car was deployed for debris on track.

Sometimes a race just comes to you, and that was definitely the case for McLaren and sometimes no matter how hard you try the racing gods are just not with you. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in their Ferrari’s must be wondering what else can possibly go wrong.

Given the pace of the Red Bull and Ferrari’s in Practice and qualifying, and McLarens lack of pace before the race it was looking like the British Grand Prix was going to be Red Bull/Ferrari lock out up front.

For some reason many of the cars that lined up on the dirty side had the best start, Kubica went from 6th to 3rd and Button jumped from 14th to 8 at the start while Vettel and Alonso had terrible starts Vettel going to the back of the field and Alonso loosing several positions. Unfortunately Kubica had mechanical problems and retired on lap 20, but as the the Pit stop rotations happened Button who had only managed to qualify mid pack slowly advanced up the field and with some great driving and team work from his pit crew managed to end up in third place.

British Grand Prix Final Results (Top Ten)

PositionDriver
Nationality
DriverTeamGrand Prix
Points
1AustraliaMark WebberRed Bull Racing25
2GBLewis HamiltonMcLaren18
3GermanyNico RosbergMercedes GP15
4GBJenson ButtonMcLsren12
5BrazilRubens BarrichelloWilliams F110
6JapanKamui KobayashiBMW Sauber F18
7GermanySebastian VettelRed Bull Racing6
8GermanyAdrian SutilForce India4
9GermanyMichael SchumacherMercedes GP2
10GermanyNico HulkenbergWilliams F11
last updated July 11, 2010
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While the race at the front was locked up by Webber and Hamilton their ws plenty of excitement throughout the field. After the safety car period Vettel was storming through the field before his tires finally gave up the ghost and he was stuck behind Sutil in 8th place then with just one lap to go he managed  to get by a pretty remarkable feat seeing that he had driven all but one lap on that set of tires, managing to salvage some points to keep his and the teams championship hopes alive after a disastrous start to the race.

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