Mark Webber, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2012

Second Driver of the Weekend win for Mark Webber

2012 British Grand PrixPosted on | Author Ewa Zaborska

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2012Mark Webber was voted Driver of the Weekend for the second time this year after winning the British Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso was runner-up in the race and the poll. Meanwhile Romain Grosjean’s charge from the back of the field to sixth secured him third place in the poll.

Driver of the British Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three

1. Mark Webber ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 50.1%
2. Fernando Alonso ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 18.7%
3. Romain Grosjean ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 17.3%

Mark Webber

Started: 2nd
Finished: 1st

Lost pole position by less than five-hundredths of a second, but stayed close to leader Fernando Alonso throughout the whole race. Eventually he used tyre strategy to his advantage in the closing stages of the Grand Prix.

Webber overtook the Ferrari with four laps to go with an excellent move round the outside of Brooklands to grab his second win of the season.

Here is how the F1 Fanatic readers justified the choice of Webber for the Driver of the British Grand Prix Weekend:

Webber for me. Awesome lap in qualifying even though got pipped to pole by a few hundredths of a second.

Very good race, made up time where he needed to, pulled a very good overtake to take the lead and the victory. Pretty open-and-shut: best driver of the weekend.

Tough call because both Alonso and Webber were pretty impressive. Alonso made the most out of the situation on Saturday, getting into Q3 by the blink of an eye and getting a great lap together to gain pole position.

On the other hand Webber was always on his tail, missing pole by half a tenth and out-qualified his team by quite some margin. And then on Sunday he made no mistakes and capitalised from Alonso?σΤιΌΤδσs lack of pace in his final stint to win Silverstone for the second time in three years. So I?ι??d say Webber is my driver of the weekend.

Watching Grosjean race was interesting, he was at the back then each time he came past me he had overtaken someone else.

I would love to have given him my vote but it went to Webber. Mark deserved the win. I was cheering when he came past us in the lead as was everyone around me. Plus my photo was on his car!

I thought Red Bull managed a good race in general making decisions at just the right time.

Makes me happy to say Mark Webber. He has shown his worth this year and to have out-qualified Vettel more than he has been out-qualified is something special. He showed great maturity as expected to take this win. It was particularly flashy he just drove really good consistent laps and picked up the pace when it was needed.

Fernando Alonso

Started: 1st
Finished: 2nd

Encountered problems in the beginnings of the wet qualifying session and would have been kicked out of it in Q2 if not for the red flag and his late effort to get into Q3. There he secured his first pole position since the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.

Ferrari chose a strategy different to several of the other front runners, starting Alonso on the harder compound. He stayed in front until the last stint, where he struggled on the option tyres and lost the victory to Webber. But he retains the lead in the drivers’ championship.

Alonso. He was the quickest driver of the weekend and only lost due to the strategy.

Went for Alonso, but Webber and Grosjean deserved it as well. Alonso gets it because, in the scope of the weekend, he was consistently strongest in all conditions.

It took me a long, long time to choose between Webber and Alonso. Either deserve it this weekend. I eventually chose Alonso as his pole lap was brilliant and he drove most of the race in the lead.

The wrong strategy from Ferrari coupled with the Red Bull?σΤιΌΤδσs stronger pace lead to him being passed right near the end. Alonso really is at his driving peak this year, with a much improved Ferrari that still is the third fastest car after the Red Bull and the Lotus.

All credit to Webber though who had a similarly outstanding weekend and will probably and deservedly win this poll.
Colossal Squid

Romain Grosjean

Started: 9th
Finished: 6th

Grosjean could have fought for the top spots in qualifying, had he not beached his car in the gravel at the end of Q2.

He had contact with di Resta at the start and damaged his front wing, which sent him to the back of the pack. He used the unexpected pit stop on the second lap to switch to the favoured hard tyres and fought his way through the field to finish the race in sixth only seven seconds behind his team mate.

His drive to the front included some bold overtaking manoeuvres, including the ones on Hamilton at Brooklands and Rosberg at Maggots.

Romain Grosjean for me, it was a fantastic recovery after a difficult first lap.

I voted for Grosjean. He dropped back at the start after damaging his front wing, but he never let his head down and kept going at it. This resulted in a great comeback race with outstanding overtakes to finish just behind his teammate.

In the end, he and Raikkonen were actually faster than those in front of them, for Grosjean on much older tyres. I’m starting to become a Grosjean fan!

While Alonso and Webber drove good solid races, I think the stand-out was Grosjean.

Yes, a mistake in qualifying and at the start hurt him, but he didn?σΤιΌΤδσt let it affect him and he sped through that field with some good overtaking and top tyre management.

The fact those Lotuses were setting the fastest laps at the end of the race is amazing, now they just need to qualify better and we might finally see that win!
JenniKate Wallace

2012 Driver of the Weekend results so far

First Second Third
Australia Jenson Button (43.6%) Fernando Alonso (21.1%) Sergio Perez (8.2%)
Malaysia Sergio Perez (61.4%) Fernando Alonso (28.1%) Bruno Senna (3.7%)
China Nico Rosberg (69.1%) Lewis Hamilton (10.0%) Jenson Button (6.4%)
Bahrain Kimi Raikkonen (56.3%) Sebastian Vettel (19.3%) Paul di Resta (10.6%)
Spain Pastor Maldonado (56.8%) Lewis Hamilton (27.5%) Fernando Alonso (6.4%)
Monaco Mark Webber (32.6%) Heikki Kovalainen (20.2%) Fernando Alonso (14.2%)
Canada Lewis Hamilton (58.7%) Sergio Perez (19.1%) Romain Grosjean (15.3%)
Europe Fernando Alonso (51.7%) Sebastian Vettel (18.4%) Michael Schumacher (8.9%)
Great Britain Mark Webber (50.1%) Fernando Alonso (18.7%) Romain Grosjean (17.3%)

Mark Webber has been in the top three of the poll only on two occasions – each time when he won the race and he was voted the best driver of the weekend both times.

Fernando Alonso is consistently the driver who is most frequently chosen one of the top three drivers of the Grand Prix – it’s the sixth time out of nine races he is there.

Romain Grosjean, on the other hand, found himself amongst the best three drivers of the weekend for the second time and is still to win the poll.

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