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Webber: Safety car opened up race for me

Mark Webber wins with 'bomb proof' Red Bull RB6 and moves into the lead in the race for the F1 2010 drivers' title.

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber capitalised on a safety car period to come through and take a convincing win at the Hungaroring this afternoon, venue for the F1 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix.

It was Webber's fourth victory of the year and in the end he took it quite comfortably, finishing more than 15 seconds up on Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, who finished second and third respectively.

The result moves Webber to the top of the drivers' championship with 161 points, 4 more than Lewis Hamilton, with seven rounds still to go: "Not an easy Grand Prix today," Webber said.

"We knew the start was crucial, especially at a venue like this where it's difficult to overtake. I knew I would be on the back foot fighting with Sebastian and Fernando at the start. I settled into the first stint [after dropping to P3 off the grid], but then it was a chess game as to how we would jump Ferrari.

"The safety car then opened up the race and we went off strategy and did something completely different to Fernando. When the safety car came out and I was told to stay out I hoped Fernando would go in to pit. When I saw him go in I knew we had a chance to do something good.

"I then settled down on the soft tyre and worked on getting a twenty-second lead to Fernando.

"After I came in for my pit-stop I was able to control the race. It's a nice way to celebrate my 150th race and a great day for us as a team on our 100th race weekend. This result is a credit to the team, they made a good call on the strategy and the car was bomb proof."

Webber is now looking forward to a few weeks off before the final third of the season commences in Belgium at the end of this month.

"The next race is Spa-Francorchamps, which is a beautiful circuit. I'm really looking forward to that race, but it will be nice to have a few days off in the break beforehand," he summed-up.

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