Webber lays down a marker to Red Bull and his title challengers

Posted on July 11, 2010

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Mark Webber has responded in the strongest way to claims his team mate is Red Bull‘s best championship prospect with a dominant victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Webber's comments to his team after seizing victory from Vettel were notably barbed. Credit: BBC

The Australian seized the lead from pole sitter Sebastian Vettel on the first lap before the young German suffered a puncture and dropped to the back of the field.

And the tension in Red Bull was clear in a barbed conversation between Webber and team principal Christian Horner, with the race winner saying “not bad for a number two driver”, with Horner responding by asking if his driver “could smile now”.

The performance came against the backdrop of Saturday’s row over which of the Red Bull drivers would get the single undamaged version of the new front wing. Vettel was given the device, worth about a tenth of a second, the margin he secured pole by.

McLaren will be fascinated to see the ructions developing within their main opposition. The British squad pulled off a remarkable save today, with Lewis Hamilton moving from fourth to second and Jenson Button a hugely impressive 14th to fourth.

Button was arguably the driver of the day. Passing at Silverstone is rarely easy but he had a brilliant start, getting to 8th, before putting in flawless laps before his stop. He then was able to take advantage of the safety car and it’s a shame fuel shortages stopped him from having a real run at Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes in third.

McLaren have made much of the publicly solid relationship between their drivers. Credit: McLaren.com

It still means the Britons remain at the top of the standings after a lively Grand Prix weekend which looked as if McLaren was in real trouble after qualifying.

The other main talking point was Fernando Alonso receiving a drive through penalty for failing to hand back a place to Robert Kubica after he cut a corner. Kubica stopped with a rear axle fault shortly after, meaning Alonso could return the place under stewards orders. A safety car compounded the penalty, sending the Spaniard right to the back of the field.

Alonso will be furious and the penalty was harsh. But he knew full well he would have to give back the place: if he’d done it immediately, there would have been no penalty. Alonso only has himself to blame.

FULL RESULTS:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 52 Winner 2 25
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 52 +1.3 secs 4 18
3 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 52 +21.3 secs 5 15
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 52 +21.9 secs 14 12
5 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 52 +31.4 secs 8 10
6 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 52 +32.1 secs 12 8
7 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 52 +36.7 secs 1 6
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 52 +40.9 secs 11 4
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 52 +41.5 secs 10 2
10 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 52 +42.0 secs 13 1
11 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 52 +42.4 secs 20
12 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 52 +47.6 secs 16
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 52 +59.3 secs 15
14 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 52 +62.3 secs 3
15 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 52 +67.4 secs 7
16 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 51 +1 Lap 21
17 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 51 +1 Lap 18
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 50 +2 Lap 19
19 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 50 +2 Lap 23
20 21 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 50 +2 Lap 24
Ret 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 54 +8 Lap 17
Ret 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 29 +23 Laps 9
Ret 11 Robert Kubica Renault 19 +33 Laps 6
Ret 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 9 +43 Laps 22
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