Another amazing F1 race has come and gone! This year has been filled with unexpected twists and turns. Unlike last year, there does not seem to be one clear champion. It seems like this season is still up for grabs and Mark Webber proved that during the Silverstone UK Grand Prix!
Webber Overtakes Alonso Late
For most of the race, it would appear that Fernando Alonso had the race in the bag. Towards the end of the race, all he had to do to claim victory was hold off Mark Webber. Unfortunately for Alonso, this was a task that proved to be too great. In fact, Webber was able to grab the lead on lap 48 out of 52. This was Webber’s ninth win of his entire career!
A Little Back History
For all of the diehard F1 fans out there, you may know that Silverstone was a place that Webber really wanted to win this year. In fact, just last year, Webber was ordered to hold his spot behind current Champion Sebastian Vettel as the two teammates came towards the end of the race. This year, Silverstone played out differently with Alonso and Webber locked in battle for first place.
What This Means for the Overall Standings
With a win at Silverstone, Alonso could have given himself a very conformable lead ahead of other drivers in the overall standings. However, that is not the case anymore. This win by Webber now closes the gap between him and Alonso to just 13 points. Vettel, who is in third, is currently 29 points from Alonso. However, the season is still pretty young, and anything can happen.
Comments After the Race
After the race had come to an end, Webber said, “Fernando Alonso had a very good pace, we had the better strategy in the end. We never gave up, we kept pushing, and it did not work out in the end for Fernando.”
Christian Horner, who is the Red Bull Team Principal had his own comments to stay about Webber. He said, “Mark is doing great for us. We love having him in the team.”
The leading British drivers did not have such a good day. In fact, both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button failed to find their way on the podium. Overall, Hamilton finished eighth and Button came in tenth. After the race was over, Hamilton said, “I pushed as hard as I could, but I didn’t have any speed for some reason.”
With this race at a close, all drivers have turned their attention to the Hockenheim Grand Prix in Germany. As we have seen at Silverstone, it could be anyone’s race! If Alonso wants to keep his lead, he is going to have to start winning some races. That or at least hope that Webber and Vettel (the two drivers closest to him in the standings) don’t start winning more races.
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