Webber Snatches Silverstone Win

For a large part of the race, it was looking like Ferrari and Fernando Alonso were on their way to sealing a second victory in as many races. That was not to be the case as strategy was decisive and instead it was Mark Webber and his Red Bull team who were first to the chequered flag in Britain.

Talking in the post-race press conference and with two wins this year, the Australian said that he had expected Alonso to keep the lead which he held for most of the race, but was happy to see it turn out otherwise:

“I have a few wins now, but this one is taking a little bit to sink in,” said Webber. “I think it didn’t look like a spectacular race with Fernando initially but it was on. There was a little bit of strategy involved, particularly pacing stints on tyres.

“I knew he was running a different way, and I thought after first stint he was in very good shape to close the win out, but it came our way in the last stint and I am absolutely over the moon.”

The Spaniard recorded his fifth podium of 2012

Always a realist and never a man to rest on his laurels, he was determined that it wouldn’t be long before everyone focused on the next race:

“I am not low on confidence at the moment, it is going well,” said Webber. “We will enjoy today’s result, really soak it up, that is what is important. We have to remember how hard we have to work to get these results and tomorrow morning it’s [effectively] Hockenheim. ”

Second-placed man Alonso said that while it was natural to be disappointed in losing the win, he would be feeling better once the initial feelings wore off:

“I am happy with second place,” said Alonso, the winner of the previous race in Valencia. “Now 10 minutes after having finished and having led the race there is a strange feeling for losing victory. I am sure in one hour I will be much happier.”

Given that his Ferrari team started the season far from a position in which to win races, he said he was happy to score a valuable amount of championship points as he remains at the top of the table:

“We are still there, that is the main target for us and today we lost seven points to Mark but we gained some extra points on the rest of the field,” he said. “So it was good Sunday in terms of the championship.”

Vettel had to listen to the winning tone of his team-mate for the second time this year

An early battle with Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa ended up costing Sebastian Vettel a shot at the win, but Vettel was pleased with the decision to pit early and in doing so, come out ahead of both men and also was happy to do his bit for the team’s Constructor’s Championship challenge:

“In clean air I think we could’ve done the pace of the leaders at that time, but like that it was difficult. We lost too much in the beginning and then we kept closing until the end but it wasn’t enough. It was a good strategy to come back – we decided to pit early and then use the momentum and came out ahead. So that was a good call,” he said. “All in all, I would be a bit happier if I would have won. But nevertheless I think it is a great result for the team.”

Massa has shown signs of improvement since Monaco

Felipe Massa gave a boost to his hopes of retaining his Ferrari drive next season as he finished a season-best fourth place. The Brazilian looked committed all afternoon and was happy with his efforts:

“It was a good race. To finish fourth after a lot of problems this season for us this was a good result. I even had a chance to fight for third before Sebastian Vettel overtook me. Hopefully we can keep fighting for the podium now in every race.”

It wasn’t quite all smiles at McLaren as team boss Martin Whitmarsh hugs his team’s former long-time test driver Pedro De La Rosa

Not so happy were the McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Both men got home in the meagre points positions of eighth and tenth respectively and bemoaned their car’s lack of speed:

“Today we were very, very slow in the low-speed corners and Michael came past me and he was really quick in the high-speeds,” he said. “My car doesn’t feel that bad, but theirs must feel awesome.”

“The Sauber is quicker in high-speed corners than us, the Williams is quicker in low-speed corners. It’s tricky. We don’t seem to be exceptionally strong anywhere at the moment, and we did think we would be here. It’s a high-speed circuit and we did think that was one of our strengths.”

Button did find encouragement and was sure that the championship-team can get through the tough times:

“There will be a lot of unhappy people here, but we’re one of the best teams in the world and we can fight through this.”

At the center of another incident, Pastor Maldonado showed no remorse for his actions with Perez

Not for the first time, Pastor Maldonado was involved in a race-ending incident as he forced Sergio Perez into retirement. Perez attempted to pass Maldonado but Maldonado slid into the Mexican’s Sauber and yet again, another driver suffered whilst Maldonado managed to race on, and finish, albeit it in sixteenth place.

Maldonado was determined in his belief that he had done nothing wrong and that it was a part of racing:

“I don’t think much will happen. It was a racing incident,” said Maldonado on Spanish TV. “I was coming out of the pits, with cold tyres, I was trying to defend my position. Perez tried to close the door and we were very close to each other.

“At that point I lost the rear of the car a bit and unfortunately we made contact and we compromised both of our races.”

Perez however, did not hold back in saying what he felt and that the FIA should take a serious look at whether the Venezuelan is fit to race safely:

“Pastor is a driver who doesn’t respect other drivers. It’s just a matter of fact,” Perez told the BBC. “I was already in front, and if not he should have given me enough space not to crash, but he tried to push me all the way to the outside. I don’t understand the way he is driving.

“I really hope the stewards can make something because the last three or four races he has done something to [other drivers].

“It is not the first time he has damaged my weekend. He did the same [to Hamilton] in Valencia, and they gave him a drive-through, which I think is not enough. This guy will never learn if they don’t do something, because he is a very dangerous driver and he can hurt someone.”

The Mexican added that he was not alone in thinking this way of a driver who has not always played it safe:

Everybody has concerns about him,” he added. “He is a driver who doesn’t know we are risking our lives and has no respect at all. It is not a matter of close or not. He has no respect at all.

“The way he is driving I think the stewards really have to do something because it is not the first time he has done something. He affects a lot of drivers; I am not the only one.”

Kobayashi’s messy stop left one mechanic with a bruised foot

It wasn’t a perfect day for Perez’ team-mate Kamui Kobayashi as the Japanese racer had a poor entry into his pit-box for his second stop, and hit three of his mechanics who received minor injuries. Kobayashi was apologetic amid a race which had been going well:

“I am terribly sorry this happened, and I hope the three mechanics I hit get well soon,” said Kobayashi, who finished 11th. “Up to this happening my race was good. I had improved from 17th on the grid to a top 10 position, and was hoping for points.”

British GP Result

Pos Driver Team Time

1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1h25:11.288
2. Alonso Ferrari + 3.060
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 4.836
4. Massa Ferrari + 9.519
5. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 10.314
6. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 17.101
7. Schumacher Mercedes + 29.153
8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 36.463
9. Senna Williams-Renault + 43.347
10. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 44.444
11. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 45.370
12. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 47.856
13. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 51.241
14. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 53.313
15. Rosberg Mercedes + 57.394
16. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1 lap
17. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
18. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap
19. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap
20. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps
21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps

Not classified/retirements:

Driver Team Lap
Perez Sauber-Ferrari 14
Di Resta Force India-Mercedes 3
Petrov Caterham-Renault 1


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