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Webber: Spanish GP seemed to go on forever

9 May 2010

Red Bull's Mark Webber was 'stoked' after taking his first win of the season today at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, but admitted it felt like the longest grand prix he had ever done.

Webber led the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth round on the F1 2010 schedule, from start-to-finish and was never really troubled after he held onto P1 into the first corner.

He then pulled away and eventually took the laurels by 24 seconds. It was the third win of his F1 career, and unlike his triumphs last season at the Nurburgring and Interlagos, it was a pretty straightforward affair.

"Today was a special day, no doubt about it and I'm very happy to capitalise on the pole position," Webber said. "It's an aggressive run in to turn one with the slip stream and the big head wind and I knew the guys would be arriving in the braking zone, so I needed to be very precise with everything into there. I had that covered and then settled into the race.

"I was very happy with how the first stint went and I had a nice clean pit stop. Everything went my way today, it was very good. It felt like the longest Grand Prix I've ever done though! With the other victories there has been a bit more going on as I wasn't always in the lead, but today was all about watching the lap board go down and my god, it just takes forever!

"It was so good to get the victory, I'm just stoked, absolutely over the moon. We had a good set up and the car felt good. It's a credit to all the guys, they worked like hell both in the garage and in the factory, they buried themselves in the last two weeks.

"This is what you have to do to be successful and take on the likes of Ferrari and McLaren. It's not a tea party, we need to work hard and today's result is a credit to Red Bull Racing and to Renault."

Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner and Renault's principal track support engineer, Fabrice Lom both hailed Webber following his domination of the Spanish Grand Prix.

"It was a fantastic race from Mark and a very commanding performance from him today," Horner said. "He has been sensationally quick all weekend and this was a fitting result. We've enjoyed a good step forward in our performance this weekend, which is credit to the effort put in by the whole team."

"A perfect weekend for Mark – he got pole position, was first to the first corner and then kept the lead, it was a very, very good race for him. He had no engine problems during the weekend, so we are proud of our achievement," Lom chipped in. "We're happy and are ready to attack in Monaco now, which starts in two days time."


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