Mark Webber wins 2012 British Grand Prix
Monday, July 9, 2012
's won the yesterday at , having started second on the grid behind Alonso's Ferrari.
The second qualifying session of three was red-flagged due to heavy rain; but, despite this, Webber secured second on the grid behind, only bettered by under five hundredths of a second. , driving for , started third with Webber's team mate filling out the second row of the grid in fourth.
The race itself started in dry weather, Alonso—running on hard tyres—took an early lead, with Webber—having opted for soft tyres—in pursuit. At the first pit stop, McLaren'sstayed out and took the lead, briefly duelling with Alonso before being passed. Shortly after the pitstop, ' and 's had a collision, resulting in the Perez being knocked out of the race and Maldonaldo being fined €10,000 ( 7,931, 12,273).
Also receiving a fine was Perez' team mate,. for a dangerous entry into his pit box that injured three of his team's mechanics. According to Kobayashi, "The front wheels locked, I couldn't control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box."
Alonso managed to hold off Webber until the final set of pit stops, but his rules-mandated switch to soft tyres left him unable to compete with the better grip of Webber's Red Bull car. Webber caught him, overtaking Alonso with comparative ease on the 48th lap and going on to cross the line some three seconds ahead of the Spaniard.
With this victory, Webber is the second driver to win two races this season. After the race, he described himself as "...absolutely over the moon, absolutely rapt...".
Final points scoring positions
|1||Mark Webber||Red Bull||1:25:11.288||25|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||+4.836||15|
Drivers world championship standings
|2||Mark Webber||Red Bull||116|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||100|
|5||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus F1||83|
- Nigel Roebuck. "2012 British Grand Prix report" — , July 8, 2012
- Tom Cary. "British Grand Prix 2012: Red Bull's Mark Webber claims victory ahead of Fernando Alonso at Silverstone" — , July 8, 2012
- Andrew Benson. "British GP: Mark Webber wins after late pass on Fernando Alonso" — , July 8, 2012
- "Kobayashi and Maldonado fined" — , July 8, 2012
- "Alonso takes pole at soaking wet Silverstone" — , July 7, 2012