Aussie Mark Webber wins the British F1 GP
*He’s not called AussieGrit for nothing.
Having qualified second, the Australian had himself an afternoon and a half if he were going to entain the possibility of pipping the formidable Spaniard, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Check the twitter feed, and you’ll see at least one punter hoping Mark would do it by the first corner… the, er, easy way.
And there was half a chance, however the prancing horse veered right, right in front of the red bull, and closed down any further discussion on that one.
Thus, it was down to a race of attrition, and by “attrition” in 2012, we mean tyres.
Give or take, Webber and Alonso were in a class of their own Sunday afternoon, but for Mark to hold up a chunk of sweet looking gold rather than a casting of a bank’s logo, either “something” had to happen or AussieGrit had to apply the old elbow grease.
Nothing happened, and thus it became a case of quietly chipping away; a fastest lap here, half a second there.
It was a case of drive that beast until that six second gap became two cars in one frame, the Spaniard on the soft option tyres, and the Australian on the “slower” but more durable primes.
In the end, or more precisely with about five laps to go, it wasn’t even close. Mark had the tyres, and therefore the traction.
The Red Bull cruised past.
No, there wasn’t any jumping on the sofa this time, like there was in Monaco.
And Webber’s reaction was similarly understated.
Winning the British GP for the second time in three years was, frankly, job done.
*Re-written because it deserved it
Webber celebrates… not for himself, but rather for the fans.
“It’s taking a while to sink in this one. I think it was the circumstances of the race – for most of it I was marking off second place. Fernando was not quite out of touch and after the last stop, my engineer Ciaron came on the radio saying that Fernando was not doing much on the option tyres. But I know Fernando is a wily old fox, I thought he was looking after the tyres and just waiting to pull the pin and go a little bit. But when I got within two seconds I thought maybe he’s in a little bit of trouble and it was real. It was completely game on when I knew the DRS was available, I made the move stick and our hard work paid off for the win. It was a cracking grand prix today; the spectators got to see a good race and I’m pleased for them.”