Motorsport Wrap for Monday 12th July 2010
 

VICTORY FOR WEBBER AT BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Red Bull driver Mark Webber made a superb start from second on the grid to cruise to his third victory of the season in a dominant performance at the British Grand Prix.

The Australian used a Bridgestone soft and hard tyre strategy in hot and dry conditions to lead championship point leader Lewis Hamilton across the line at the newly reconfigured Silverstone circuit.

It was a case of sweet revenge for Webber, after his own team penalised his qualifying chances by removing a new rear wing from his car to give to German teammate Sebastian Vettel, whose wing had broken during the final practice session.

Vettel started the race in pole-position but dropped to 24th on lap one with a puncture before managing to recover and finish in seventh.

Mercedes GP Petronas driver Nico Rosberg claimed the final place on the podium, finishing in third for the third time this season.

"Today we saw both compounds working well even at this severe Silverstone circuit. The new layout was an interesting and tough challenge for us and the drivers," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.

"The severity of the layout was illustrated by blistering on the front left tyres in the race. We saw punctures from contact which is something in the nature of motor racing. We also saw an additional pit stop because of flat spotted tyres and other strategic reasons."

Lewis Hamilton leads the overall championship standings with 145 points, 12 ahead of defending champion Jenson Button on 133. Webber's victory brings him to third place on 128.

The teams next meet at the German Grand Prix in two weeks time.