After a classic stormy Belgium battle Red Bull leave Spa with another trophy for Mark Webber and a hard afternoon’s work for our mechanics.
Webber began in pole position, but a poor start left him sixth by the first corner. However, he battled hard through typically Spa dry and wet spells to finish second behind Hamilton.
Mark said: “The start was a mess, but fortunately I was able to overtake a few guys and get some of the positions back. It was a good day for me, but unfortunate for the team that we didn’t get more points.”
Sebastian had a less than successful afternoon; his troubles began with a collision with Jenson Button as he went to overtake the McLaren driver on lap 15. The result? A new nose for Sebastian plus a drive-through penalty and a resulting drop down the order. “What happened, happened.” said Seb. “We can’t change it now. Obviously I’m not proud of it, I lost the car going over the bump as I was braking and unfortunately hit Jenson, so he couldn’t continue – I’m sorry for him.”
The start was a mess, but fortunately I was able to overtake a few guys and get some of the positions back.
As Vettel subsequently made his way through the field, Force India’s Tonio Liuzzi clipped his rear left wheel and Seb had to pit again replace the damaged tyre.
For our team principal it was praise for Webber and an echo of that disappointment felt by Vettel: “A great drive by Mark today, it was a very mature drive after a bad start – and it was great pit work by the guys to get Mark out ahead of Kubica,” said Christian. “For Sebastian, everything that could happen today did happen unfortunately. Not a great weekend for him. But to come away from a track that we always knew would suit the McLarens with a second place was a great result.”
It means we go to Monza heading the Constructors Championship by a single point over McLaren while Hamilton moves above Mark in the Drivers’ table and Sebastian lies third.