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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Webber makes his point at Silverstone

Mark Webber beat his teammate off the line and dominated the British Grand Prix, a day after a new controversy over favoritism at Red Bull cast a shadow on the team's season.

Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia reacts after winning the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, central England, July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)

Sebastian Vettel suffered a terrible start that not only saw him lose out to Webber, but clash with Lewis Hamilton, go off track and suffer a puncture that put him to the back of the field. Only a timely safety car would allow him to battle back for a seventh place finish.

Hamilton would go on to offer Webber his stiffest competion, but it was soon clear second was the best he was going to do.

Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, holding off Jenson Button. Rosberg continues to have the best of Michael Schumacher, who finised ninth. Williams, Sauber and Force India all picked up valuable points.

Ferrari suffered another day to forget, with both drivers out of the points. For the second race in a row, Fernando Alonso was penalized, this time for cutting a corner to get by Robert Kubica. Instead of letting the Renault have the place back, the Spaniard was rewarded with a drive-through once Kubica retired.

So Red Bull closes the gap heading to Germany. "Not bad for a number two driver" was Webber's take on the radio, proving much remains to be sorted out following the team's decision to give Vettel one of Webber's wings Saturday.

McLaren still hold the edge in the constructors' while Hamilton and Button both are ahead of the Red Bull duo in the drivers' championship. If Red Bull wants to take this thing, it had best get its house in order.

  1. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull-Renault 1h 24m 38.200s
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren +00:01.360
  3. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:21.307
  4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:21.986
  5. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 00:31.456
  6. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 00:32.171
  7. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 00:36.734
  8. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 00:40.932
  9. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:41.599
  10. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 00:42.012
  11. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 00:42.459
  12. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland)Toro Rosso - Ferrari 00:47.627
  13. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 00:59.374
  14. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 01:02.385
  15. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 01:07.489
  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
  • Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 8 laps
  • Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 23 laps
  • Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 33 laps
  • Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 43 laps


FIA post-race press conference - Great Britain

British Grand Prix - selected team & driver quotes

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