Webber storms to win as it all goes wrong for Vettel (British GP review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix after team mate Sebastian Vettel went off on the first lap.

Lewis Hamilton capitalised on Vettel’s problems to take second place and hold on to the lead of the championship.

And Nico Rosberg held off Jenson Button to claim the final podium place for Mercedes.

Vettel’s race was ruined within a few metres of the race starting. Webber dived past his team mate and Hamilton followed him through to take second.

The McLaren driver made contact with Vettel’s car, which seemed to cause a right-rear puncture on the RB6 – though it could have been a consequence of Vettel’s trip across the run-off on the outside of Copse.

Vettel limped into the pits at the end of lap one, not long after Felipe Massa who’d suffered a puncture of his own having made contact with his team mate.

Webber and Hamilton ended lap one first and second and would ultimately finish in those positions, Hamilton admitting afterwards he didn’t have the pace to challenge the Red Bull.

Robert Kubica took up third with Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso in his wheel tracks. Alonso was the first of the three to pit, Rosberg delaying his stop and able to jump ahead of Kubica by doing so.

Alonso was climbing all over the back of the Renault driver and drew alongside on the outside as the pair headed to Club. He squeezed past Kubica but cut across the corner by doing so.

Renault appealed and Alonso had just been told to hand the position back when Kubica slowed and pulled into the pits to retire. Shortly afterwards the stewards announced Alonso would have to serve a drive-through penalty.

It got worse for Alonso moments later when Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber began shedding bodywork on the track. With shards of carbon fibre littering the straight the safety car was summoned. This was a disaster for Ferrari, as Alonso now had to take his penalty after the field had bunched up.

After the safety car Rosberg held third ahead of Jenson Button. The McLaren driver gained six places at the start and then made his pit stop very late. That promoted him to sixth, after which he gained places thanks to Alonso’s penalty and a late pit stop for Nico H???lkenberg.

The safety car gave Vettel the possibility of points and he picked off several cars in the final laps. The likes of Vitaly Petrov, H???lkenberg and Michael Schumacher succumbed with little difficulty, but it took until the penultimate lap for Vettel to find a way past Sutil.

After several attempts to pass on the way out of the new Abbey and Farm corners – one of which resulted in Vettel running through the dirt – Vettel finally muscled his way past into the slow Loop corner. That left him seventh, with no time left to catch Rubens Barrichello or Kamui Kobayashi.

Schumacher and H???lkenberg rounded out the top ten, the latter stopping on his return to the pits. Vitantonio Liuzzi was 11th – he was passed by Alonso but the pair made contact, giving the Ferrari driver a puncture which compounded his misery. A late change for fresh tyres at least allowed him to claim fastest lap.

After the events of yesterday, when Christian Horner had order that the only remaining example of a new front wing to be taken off Webber’s car and put on Vettel’s, Webber had a clear message for the team after taking the chequered flag.

“Not bad for a number two,” he told them.

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  1. I’d rather wibber won than vettel

  2. Mark won with the old nose, in a chassis that Vettel didn’t want because it was broken, and beat Vettel to the first corner – awesome :)

    1. Jhonnie Siggie
      11th July 2010, 16:15

      Yup very good points you have made. We all know about the nose because it is fresh but it is easy to overlook the patched up chassis that he used.

  3. One thing I think many may not remember/realise with Webber, is that he’s never been one to mince words. He has a reputation for speaking very frankly, and I found his restraint over the past few GPs quite incredible, demonstrating how annoyed he must really be.

    Remember, his calls about SV ‘listening to his iPod’ when Seb stuck it into his gearbox under the safety car (in Monaco was it)?

    I don’t think Mark is being particularly sarcastic, unreasonable, and to be honest, I am surprised it took so long for something to slip out!

    1. That comment was about Scott Speed who was replaced by Vettel after that incident.

  4. 10 out of 10 to Eddie Jordan for asking the questions that everybody watching at home is thinking. Coulthard is conflicted and Jake is more suited to interviewing the Telletubies, so it is good that the BBC team has somebody like Jordan representing the views of the audience.

    1. Agree! For all his annoyances, his questions make him worth it.

  5. MacademiaNut
    11th July 2010, 16:28

    “Horner: We will act differently at the next race”


    Just by the title, you would think that when a similar situation arises in the next race, he still would favor Vettel as they will no longer go by who’s leading the championship. :)

    1. Yeah then they will go by FP3 where they let Vettel do qualifying simulations while Webber has to do long fuel runs.

      Well they did that this weekend already.

      1. Then horny…oh i’m sorry…horner then just admitted that they were really favoring vettel? :-)

  6. Bartholomew
    11th July 2010, 16:31

    I think Ferrari should just pack up and go race in America to support their brothers at Chrysler.

    1. They have been here for 60 years, and have been through worse times than where thy are now. So there is no reason they should suddenly quit.

  7. After Webber crossed the line for the victory, team boss Christian Horner said over the in-car radio, said: “Well done Mark, you can smile now.”

    And while the more cynical of us repeat those words with a rather facetious tone, Webber’s response said it all.

    “Well done guys – not bad for a number two driver!” he said.

    i hope it sorts itself out.
    good on you Mark excellent win, certainly justified since they took your wing off your car and gave it to Vetel,
    i laughed and clapped for you as you got passed him, my highlight of the Silverstone race, even if im not your supporter.

  8. o man how uncomfortable mustve christian horner been standing with eddie jordan after the race…

    when jordan said i dont think your comments are sincere and basically was like shame on you i was so happy inside bc i severely dislike the red bull team, their favoritism, their energy drink sponsor, horner, and dont get me started on vettel their unimpressive, inconsistent superstar “wonderkind” driver who often makes poorly calculated racing decisions

  9. John Cousins
    11th July 2010, 16:54

    It seems that the race gods read my mind… What an outstanding drive by Mark. He rose to the challenge, stuck his head down and showed he still has what it takes. Possibly the drive of his career… I think so!
    I truly can’t stand Vettel… and I’m half German. He acts like a spoilt brat. I recieved the full Red Bull kit for my birthday from my better half.. bless her. A beautiful RBR jacket and shirt. She knows how much I support Mark. I don’t like wearing it since Turkey as I only like 1 driver and the team has left me a little sour… Don’t tell her though ;)

  10. rashid hasan
    11th July 2010, 16:58

    congratulations to webber & hamilton. well done.

  11. Great drives by Webber, Hamilton, Rosberg, Button, Barrichello and Kobayashi in another great race this year. But i think that today is probably the day we can put the championship down to just Red Bull and McLaren, Ferrari pretty much self-destructed again today.

    1. im sure the F! fans on here were watching a different race to me. How did Ferrari self destruct? They got done by a harsh decision?

      Evan to safe self destruct is a bit silly?

      1. Not sure what race you are watching, it was a terrible start from Alonso, he was overtaken left and right, he then collided with his teammate, Massa got a puncture.

        BTW the decision was fair, don’t know what Alonso was thinking, overtaking by going off track can not be legal.

    2. Alonso and Ferrari are not a good mix.When Schumacher was with Ferrari they were dealing with a cooler German personality.Alonso seems to fire Ferrari up and bring them to the boil.Alonso is a great driver but with the wrong team,look how Felipe is falling apart,AND there they have a good car so no reason for all this self destruct.Put Rosberg with Ferrari,or even Michael on his 2nd career, and then you will see a massive difference.

  12. For sure, Button should have overtaken Rosberg… but he proved once again that he do not possess the required skills and he is not on the same level as the others,,, like lewis. At the same time, I dont want to belittle Rosberg, but in my view he (Rosberg) can never be top driver…

  13. This looks like webber’s year! Vettel is being consistently beaten and he is not taking it very well.

  14. So after finishing 7th, did Vettel make a “7” gesture with his finger?

    1. that was lucky, with the way he started he would have been taking his boots off at the end of the race

      1. Electrolite
        11th July 2010, 18:08

        LOL. Nice one James_mc.

      2. Initially, he was in a position where even with all his fingers and toes, he would have had to “borrow” 4 fingers from Webber.

        1. No, Christian Horner would have just removed the fingers from Webber and given them o Vettel.

  15. How the hell can Hamilton always get away with slizing peoples rear wheels? Today on Vettel, Brazil last year on Barichello.. Lots of other times! He’s got to learn where his car is stupid ****

    1. He is far from the only driver to have his front wing endplate touch another car’s tyres. And how many times does Brundle (or the current drivers) need to explain how limited the view is in an F1 car before you finally get it?

    2. Barichello tried to shove him into the wall at high speed at Interlagos. Even the Brazilian commentators admitted it was Rubens being silly.

      1. And I’d add that was what Vettel was trying to do to Webber today! Basically he lost the plot and any semblance of car control as he saw Webber passing him. Hard not to bump into him.

    3. Perhaps you should read the comment policy.

  16. I had a dejavu of Alonso’s performance at Monza 2007 after looking at Webber’s race today.

    Italy 2007 with Italian police coming for Ron Dennis’s arrest over the espionage controversy alongwith the intra-team tussle for no.1 I feel was the final nail in the coffin for Alonso’s Mclaren career. And Alonso dominated that race start to finish.

    Similarly here, Webber dominated the race from start to finish. And again he was betrayed by his team. Him calling Flavio the night before the race and asking for discussions immediately after the race, I think this is the end of Webber’s Red Bull career.

    Very little can go right for him at the team now. He will finish the season with them, but unlikely that he will stay with the team even on the Sunday night after the Abu Dhabi GP. Things are broken now, can’t be fixed.

    1. No,Webber is a clear black and white guy,you get what you see,and he does not mince words ……….probably hates F1 politics.He could barely touch Vettels hand when they were having the team photo shoot in the end.
      It’s all over with Webber and Horner,Finished.The trust is broken.

  17. Kudos to Eddie Jordan. It was clear on the radio that Horner seemed less happy than usual. DC is never going to ask any real questions to his other employers. People might not like EJ but at least he asks the questions I’m thinking at home!

  18. Rubens was driver of the day for me. 5th place in a Williams was a great achievement. He’s a bit of a Silverstone specialist and he proved it today.

    And well done to Cosworth for having a stronger engine than I had thought.

    1. Yeah, Cosworth really aren’t doing that bad. I’d love to see Lotus come on strong next season!

  19. So after “swervegate”, can we now have “wingate”? What next? :D

    1. Personally I’d favour going back in time and removing everything to do with Nixon and Watergate.

      I propose ‘Gategate’ the gate scandal to end all scandals

  20. I reckon this pick sums it up well:
    Vettel way out the back and Horner with fake enthusiasm :P

    1. Seems vettel is trying his best not to appear in the photo, trying to blend in with the back ground. :-)

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