Mark Webber says his victory in the British Grand Prix was made 'sweeter' by the bust-up within the Red Bull team that overshadowed the race.
Webber was left angered by the team's decision to hand team-mate Sebastian Vettel an upgraded nose for qualifying after his own was damaged in the final free practice session of the weekend – with the nose being removed from Webber's car and handed to the German.
Clearly riled by the decision after being beaten by Vettel to pole position, Webber went into race day chasing a third win of the year and duly took victory.
By contrast, Vettel finished down in seventh after picking up a puncture on the opening lap that dropped him to the rear of the field.
“Whether the gap between us in qualifying was the difference between the two front wings, I don't know,” Webber said. “But it was a far from ideal situation and it definitely made my win taste even sweeter.
“I've always loved Silverstone. I won at the track in Formula Ford, Formula 3000 and in sportscars and to win there in F1 is the icing on the cake. The British Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious races on the calendar; every driver wants to win it and I've now got the trophy sitting on my mantelpiece.”
Having dominated the race throughout, the only brief moment of concern for Webber came when the Safety Car was deployed for debris on the circuit from the Sauber of Pedro de la Rosa.
However, the Australian said he was actually pleased to see the Safety Car deployed as it removed the issue of traffic as he attempted to stay ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
“I was actually quite pleased to see the Safety Car because it closed up the field and meant I didn't have to worry about backmarkers,” he said. “As the race leader, you always worry that that backmarkers haven't seen you coming and we saw in Valencia what can happen if a faster car stumbles over a slower one.
“Lewis was right on my gearbox at the re-start on lap 31, but I got a clean run out of the final corner and managed to put some daylight between us. On my first flying lap I set the fastest lap of the race, which sent a clear message to Lewis that it wasn't going to be his day.”