For a while it looked like Fernando Alonso and Ferrari had a bit too much for everyone at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. The Spaniard pulled a lead of six seconds over Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber before the Australian began his comeback late in the race. Webber took his second pitstop before Alonso and, with fresh hard tires versus Alonso's old hard tires, began to close the gap.
Alonso, hemorrhaging time, pitted for his mandatory set of soft tires perhaps earlier than he would have liked. Webber ate up the four-second gap as the Ferrari struggled on the softs. And on the Wellington Straight, Webber made a textbook pass with the DRS, emerging in front of the Ferrari out of the Brooklands corner.
“It’s still sinking in,” said Webber after his second victory at Silverstone Circuit. “It’s a very special victory for the team, being from just down the road. Thanks to the team for doing a great job -- and thanks to all the fans for sticking with us over the last few days…”
Alonso didn’t seem too upset; he emerged from Silverstone still leading the drivers' championship, albeit by a reduced margin. “We lost seven points to Mark but we gained on the rest of the field, so a pretty good Sunday for us,” he said.
Sebastian Vettel, who finished third, played his cards early and made a stop on lap 11. On the fresh, hard rubber he put in a brace of quick laps and managed to steal two places when everything played out.
“I used the momentum and got past Felipe and Michael at the same time,” he said. “We brought the right strategy which brought us back -- but you always have a little more on the tires at the end. I was a little bit too far away to get Fernando at the end -- but I’m very happy with third today.”
Alonso now has 129 points to Webber’s 116, with Vettel third at 100. In the constructors’ championship Red Bull moved up to 216 points with Ferrari moving into second at 152. McLaren’s disastrous weekend saw them relegated to fourth in the championship, behind Lotus. The championship now moves on to Germany.
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