Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 13th July 2009
Webber makes history in Germany
Mark Webber became the first Australian to win a Formula One race in 28 years in a dominant performance at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring - despite copping a drive-through penalty early in the race.
Starting from pole position on the super-soft Bridgestone Potenza tyres, the Red Bull driver clashed wheels with Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello as the field raced for the first corner, for which he was penalised by the stewards.
However, not even the resultant drive-through penalty could slow him on his way to his breakthrough victory, made all the more remarkable by the fact that Webber broke his leg and shoulder in a bicycle accident in the off-season.
"It's an incredible day. I wanted to win so badly after Silverstone, as I thought I had a good chance there, then after yesterday's pole I knew I was in a good position to try and win the race today. My engineer kept me calm and I pushed as hard as I could when I needed to, so it's a great day," Webber said.
"I had great people around me to recover from all the injuries I had and the team have been incredibly patient with me as well. I want to thank Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull and everyone at Red Bull Racing for what they did for me over the winter, everyone in Australia who has supported me on the way through my career - and there are a few people that doubted me too, so hello to them as well. It's just an incredible day for all the people who have helped me get to where I am today."
Webber's teammate Sebastian Vettel made it a Red Bull one-two while Felipe Massa finished third.
"Congratulations to Mark Webber for taking his first ever Grand Prix win at the 130th attempt. This illustrates the Japanese proverb ‘continuing is the force' and we are very happy that this win occurred using Bridgestone tyres," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
The momentum of the World Championship race seems to have swung, with Jenson Button only managing fifth for Brawn ahead of Barrichello. The Briton's lead over Vettel has shrunk to 21 points with Webber now in third.
| 1.|| Jenson Button ||Brawn GP ||68|
| 2.|| Sebastian Vettel ||Red Bull ||47|
| 3.|| Mark Webber||Red Bull||45.5|
| 4.|| Rubens Barichello ||Brawn GP ||44|
STRONG WEEKEND FOR HRT
Garth Tander and Will Davison both enjoyed strong weekends at the wheels of their Bridgestone-backed Holden Racing Team Commodores, with good pace in qualifying and a brace of podium positions at the inaugural Townsville event.
Davison and Tander finished second and third in Saturday's race before qualifying on the front row for Sunday's 72-lapper with Tander just outpacing his teammate. They eventually finished third and fourth respectively.
However, Ford continued its dominance with championship leader Jamie Whincup taking out Saturday's race and finishing second behind James Courtney in Sunday's event.
|4|| Craig Lowndes|