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

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

  1. Evan said on 11th July 2010, 17:06

    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.

    • theo said on 11th July 2010, 17:24

      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?

      • 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.

    • Dianna said on 11th July 2010, 18:21

      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.

  2. shri said on 11th July 2010, 17:33

    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…

  3. sid said on 11th July 2010, 17:48

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

  4. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 11th July 2010, 17:50

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

  5. F1iLike said on 11th July 2010, 18:10

    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 ****

    • David A said on 11th July 2010, 18:20

      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?

    • David BR said on 11th July 2010, 18:26

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

      • David BR said on 11th July 2010, 18:28

        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.

    • John H said on 11th July 2010, 19:12

      Perhaps you should read the comment policy.

  6. sumedh said on 11th July 2010, 18:15

    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.

    • Dianna said on 11th July 2010, 18:26

      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.

  7. dkfone said on 11th July 2010, 18:36

    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!

  8. John H said on 11th July 2010, 19:10

    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.

    • David A said on 11th July 2010, 19:24

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

  9. Rob said on 11th July 2010, 20:41

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

    • TMFOX said on 12th July 2010, 11:35

      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

  10. Big-El said on 11th July 2010, 20:45

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

    • Oliver said on 12th July 2010, 17:06

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

  11. RubinhoFan said on 11th July 2010, 21:27

    I have had enough of Red Bull i am buying Monster.

  12. Bad Luck for Seb!

  13. COTD from Webber, put Horner back in his box nicely. He was quite circumspect in the post race press conference, but I imagine that there will be fireworks in the RBR garage. Again.

  14. statix said on 11th July 2010, 22:57

    so happy with web and ham! :)

  15. F1 Novice said on 12th July 2010, 0:02

    Quote of the day……

    “Red Bull gives you wings, it also takes them away” :)

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