“Not bad for a No. 2!” exclaimed Webber sarcastically, over the radio a couple of years ago at this very venue. This was in reference to his younger teammate’s utter domination within the Red Bull team. The Aussie had won the British Grand Prix then.
And he’s won it again this year.
This time, in what maybe an unfamiliar circumstance for him - chasing down pole sitter and race leader for most part, Fernando Alonso. And closing the gap down to the Ferrari driver to just 13 points in the leader board. Most importantly, he’s been more consistent and is heading Sebastian Vettel by 16 points!
The German put up a spirited performance in the other RB8 to snatch the final podium position from a resurgent Felipe Massa. The Brazilian who now seems to have got a grip on the Pirelli 2012 spec tyres, brought home his Ferrari in fourth place.
Behind him, it was the battle of the Lotuses with Kimi edging out his French teammate Romain Grosjean. Lotus have now leap-frogged McLaren in the race for Constructors.
The McLaren duo of Hamilton and Button put up a disappointing show for fans in their home race. Both complained of a lack of grip in the tyres.
Bruno Senna salvaged some pride for British teams as he drove to a strong P9 in his Williams. His teammate Pastor Maldonado found himself in a tangle again this time with Sauber driver Sergio Perez. Later on he was fined 10,000 Euros for the incident.
Michael Schumacher could not hold on to his qualifying position in the race after both Vettel and Massa jumped him in the pits. He finished a fighting P7 though, even managing to overtake Hamilton towards the end.
His teammate Nico Rosberg, like Jenson Button suffered with a lack of grip since the qualifying sessions, ultimately ending his race in P15.
The other home team, Force India, did not figure in the points after Paul di Resta retired on lap 3 and Hulkenberg finished down in P12. Kamui Kobayashi provided the dramatic moments in the pitlane when he braked late and injured three of his pit crew!
Elsewhere in the middle of the field the Toro Rosso’s squabbled for P13 and P14, while the Caterhams, Marussias and HRTs all had tough races bringing up the rear.
The British Grand Prix seemed it would unfold into a lights-to-flag domination for Fernando Alonso and the only battles if any, would ensue behind the Ferrari. It appeared that way till a mere five laps to the finish when Alonso and the Italian team realized they had severe tyre degradation on the option tyres.
Whether it was this technical challenge from Pirelli or the Aussie’s impeccable record at Silverstone that did him in, is a hot topic that will roll on forever. But one thing's for sure. The No.1 driver in the Red Bull camp is now Mark Webber.