Webber snatches Silverstone victory

By on Sunday, July 8, 2012

Photo credit: Red Bull GEPA

Mark Webber took a late victory in the British Grand Prix after passing Fernando Alonso with just six laps to go.

Webber started alongside Alonso at the front but tried a different strategy to Alonso, running the final stint on the harder compound tyre, a move that proved to be successful.

The start saw Mark Webber make the better getaway but it was Fernando Alonso who lead into Abbey for the first time, the Spaniard cutting across his fellow front row starer in order to maintain the lead.

Michael Schumacher kept third while Felipe Massa jumped ahead of Sebastian Vettel to move up into fourth.

A minor crash on the first lap left home favourite Paul di Resta with a puncture, from which he had to call it a day after two tours.

Sebastian Vettel was the first to blink at the end of Lap 10, putting on another set of soft tyres as Schumacher's pace was slow enough to drop the bunch significantly behind Webber.

Sergio Perez had been making up positions after a lowly qualifying, but he was involved in an accident with Pastor Maldonado, from which he was forced to retire. A livid Perez later said that "Maldonado is a very stupid driver. He has no respect for others. It's not the first time he has done this. He should have [a] big penalty"

Webber pitted at the end of Lap 14, with Alonso following suit a lap later. Both stops occurred without incident.

Vettel's early stop elevated him above Massa and Schumacher and he soon dispense with the yet to stop Button to move up to 6th.

Alonso retook the lead on Lap 19, as he passed a battling Hamilton who was struggling for pace on used tyres.

Hamilton pitted a couple of laps later and emerged behind the battle for fifth between Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn used DRS to pass the slower Mercedes on Lap 24, while Hamilton followed suit a few corners later at Copse.

However, Hamilton decided to abandon his stint on soft tyres after just six laps and dropped to eleventh.

Vettel, Webber and Massa all pitted with around seventeen laps to go, while Alonso elected to prolong his stint on the harder compound tyres.

A few laps later and the Spaniard was in, onto the soft tyres and with a 4.2s lead over Webber.

Kamui Kobayashi had been running comfortably in the top ten, however at his second stop he hit a couple of his mechanics and dropped to twelfth.

As the race entered its closing stages, Alonso's soft tyres began to fade and he was soon reeled in by Webber on Lap 45. It took the Australian three laps, but he sliced around the outside of Alonso on Lap 48.

Alonso and a fairly quiet Vettel completed the podium.

 


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