Mark Webber takes victory at the British Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Mark Webber has taken a second British Grand Prix victory in three years overhauling pole sitter Fernando Alonso with just five laps remaining. What’s even more amazing is that the race was 100% dry after two days of almost solid rain, which played a part in the Australian’s victory, if it was changeable or 100% wet, I would think that Alonso would have prevailed and taken the victory. From a personal point of view; I am more than happy to see Webber claim the win!

Caterham’s Vitaly Petrov didn’t even make the grid stopping on an installation lap and Force India’s Paul di Resta didn’t survive past lap two, retiring with suspension damage on lap two after a coming together with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean on the first lap. Grosjean dropped to the back of the field after a pitstop to replace his front wing. Suffice to say, it wasn’t a good start for British hopes.

Williams’ Pastor Maldonado took another driver out with some clumsy driving; the Venezuelan charging into the corner too quickly sliding into the Sauber of Sergio Perez; a very similar incident to two weeks ago in Valencia when Maldonado took Hamilton out of the race. We’ll see if the FIA stewards give Maldonado tougher punishment for this incident, definitely 100% Maldonado’s fault!

The disappointment continued for British fans; Lewis Hamilton finished the race where he started in eighth place after leading the race for a few laps during his middle stint. Jenson Button scraped into the top 10 courtesy of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg going wide on the penultimate lap. But in reality the McLaren wasn’t fast enough; the MP4-27 is probably the fourth fastest car right now!

Ferrari took second and forth places in the British Grand Prix; which has to be considered a good result and easily the best drive from Felipe Massa all season long. The only reason Alonso didn’t take the victory is because of choosing the wrong tyre strategy, basically the Spaniard ran out of tyres in the final half dozen laps; the Ferrari is definitely much improved since the test at Mugello.

Webber’s Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel finished the race on the final step on the podium after a strong drive, matching Webber for the most part but the Australian had a slight edge which meant the difference between first and third. The two Lotus drivers finished line-astern, Kimi Raikkonen edging out his younger team mate to claim fifth place, but given Grosjean’s setback earlier on the opening lap, finishing sixth is a great result, fighting back from almost stone last.

Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher who started the race from third on the grid ended up taking the chequered flag in seventh ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who at some point occupied every position between first and eighth during the race. Williams’ Bruno Senna drove a battling race to claim two points for himself and the team for ninth place while Jenson Button was fortunate to claim a point as Hulkenberg lost his head after being passed by Senna going wide allowing Button an easy pass.

Fernando Alonso remains at the top of the table with 129 points; but Mark Webber has closed the gap to 13 points while Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel moves upto third place, 29 points behind leader Alonso. Hamilton drops down to fourth place while Jenson Button remains in eighth.

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