Red Bull is back at UK F1 GP
FLASH START FOR FERNANDO : Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso leads from the start of the 2012 British Formula 1 GP at Silverstone - for once, every car got through. Image: AFP
Author: ALAN BALDWIN
Silverstone,, England - Australian Mark Webber won a sunny 2012 British F1 GP on Sunday for Red Bull to deny Fernando Alonso a second successive victory and slash the Ferrari driver's F1 lead to 13 points.
Alonso, winner at Silverstone last year, had led from pole but was powerless to prevent Webber powering past six laps from the end and then take the flag with a three-second lead.
SECOND WIN OF 2012
The victory was the 35-year-old's second of the season, after Monaco, and left him with 116 points to Alonso's 129 after nine of 20 races.
"Another great day for us and a great day for me to win here again. It is fantastic," he said on the team radio before being interviewed on the podium by triple World champion Jackie Stewart.
Webber's Red Bull team mate and double World champion Sebastian Vettel was third on a dry track with the sun shining over the circuit after days of rain that had left the camp sites waterlogged and approach roads clogged with traffic.
Brazilian Felipe Massa was fourth for Ferrari ahead of the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.
Jenson Button's British GP jinx continued, before a predicted crowd of more than 125 000 people, with the McLaren driver failing to stand on the podium at his home race for the 13th year in a row. The 2009 World champion, who has never finished higher than fourth at Silverstone, started 16th and ended up with only one point in 10th.
MALDONDO, PEREZ COLLIDE
His team mate Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 champion whose win that year remains the last by a British driver at home, was eighth after losing to Michael Schumacher's Mercedes in the closing laps. Brazilian Bruno Senna was ninth for Williams.
Williams could have hoped for much more but their Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado collided with Mexican Sergio Perez on lap 12, ending the Sauber driver's race.
Stewards were due to rule on the incident but Perez said they had to act.
"This guy will never learn if they don't do something. He could hurt someone. Everybody has concerns about him," he told the BBC.
2012 British F1 GP result
1 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1hr25min11.288
2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) +3.060
3 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) +4.836
4 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) +9.519
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) +10.314
6 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) +17.101
7 Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) +29.153
8 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) +36.463
9 Bruno Senna (Williams) +43.347
10 Jenson Button (McLaren) +44.444
11 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber +45.370
12 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India +47.856
13 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso +51.241
14 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso +53.313
15 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +57.394
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams +1 lap
17 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham +1 lap
18 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia +1 lap
19 Charles Pic (France) Marussia +1 lap
20 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT +2 laps
21 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT +2 laps
Retired: Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 41 laps, Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 50 laps.
Fastest Lap: Kimi Räikkönen 1min34.661, lap 50
2012 Formula 1 Drivers’ points
1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 129
2 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull - 116
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 100
4 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren - 92
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Renault - 83
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes GP - 75
7 Romain Grosjean (France) Renault - 61
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 50
9 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber - 39
10 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams - 29
11 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - 27
12 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes GP - 23
13 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari - 23
14 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber - 21
15 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams - 18
16 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - 17
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 4
18 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - 2
19 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Team Lotus - 0
20 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Team Lotus - 0
21 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia - 0
22 Charles Pic (France) Marussia - 0
23 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT - 0
24 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT - 0
1 Red Bull - Renault - 216
2 Ferrari - 152
3 Lotus - Renault - 144
4 McLaren - Mercedes - 142
5 Mercedes - 98
6 Sauber - Ferrari - 60
7 Williams - Renault - 47
8 Force India - Mercedes - 44
9 Toro Rosso - Ferrari - 6
10 Caterham - Renault - 0
11 Marussia - Cosworth - 0
12 HRT - Cosworth - 0