Red Bull Racing-Renault’s Mark Webber made it his second Grand Prix win of the season, overtaking Spaniard Fernando Alonso with some outstanding driving late on. The race was largely decided by the tyre choice – Alonso opting for softer tyres for the latter part of the race, Webber for harder prime. As a result, with five laps remaining, Webber caught Alonso – passing him on the Wellington Straight.
Webber’s Red Bull Racing-Renault team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished third on the podium while Lotus-Renault driver Kimi Raikonnen and Romain Grosjean finished fifth and sixth respectively.
The result extends Red Bull Racing-Renault (216) lead of the Constructors’ Championship to 64 points. Ferrari are second (152) and Lotus Renault are third (144). Webber’s second Silverstone win brought Renault’s all-time F1 wins to 146.
Webber, who lives less than 30 miles away from the track, commented:
“All of us know how much we love hotels, so it’s just good to be staying at home. Whether you’re a golfer, tennis player, racing driver, you have to enjoy or get the most out of every venue you race at. I love racing everywhere, but here it’s extra special. I won my first race here in ’96 in a Formula Ford, so the love affair continues.”
The result closes the gap at the top of the Formula One World Championship standings. Alonso is still first (129) but just 13 points clear of Webber (116). Vettel is fourth (100) and Hamilton (92) fourth.
For VCARS favourite Jenson Button (pictured right in VCARS kit), Silverstone was another frustrating day: the McLaren driver finished back in tenth.
On a car that was seemingly slower than some of his adversaries, Button commented:
“When you see another car go past it’s as if you’re standing still. They must be on rails. I don’t know how. Personally, I felt as if I got everything I could out of the car. The strategy and stops worked but we’re just not good enough at the moment.”
Next up is Hockenheim for Round Ten of the 20-race 2012 World Championship Grand Prix Season.