Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber managed to salvage a very good second place finish from the F1 2010 Belgian Grand Prix today at Spa-Francorchamps.
Webber, who took pole position on Saturday, had a miserable start and slipped down to sixth. After that it was all about trying to fight back and while he was helped by tricky conditions - and his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, who took himself and Jenson Button out of contention - it was still a very good recovery drive.
Furthermore, while Webber does lose the lead in the drivers' championship, he is only three points behind Lewis Hamilton, who won, and more importantly, he has now opened up a 28-point lead on his team-mate.
“The start was a mess, it wasn't ideal to lose that many positions,” Webber conceded, “but fortunately it's not Monaco or Barcelona where the positions often don't change during the race.
“I was able to overtake a few guys on the first few laps and get some of the positions back. I knew the race would be quite long after that and to get second place was a good result.
“It was very challenging in the last part of the Grand Prix and it was difficult to keep the car on track. I can't believe the top three qualifiers finished on the podium with all the changing conditions!
“It was a good day for me. It was unfortunate for the team that we didn't get some more points, but we're still leading the Constructors' Championship and hopefully we will do in Monza.”
Red Bull Racing team boss, Christian Horner meanwhile felt that Webber had done well given the anti-stall device kicked in at the start: “A great drive by Mark today, it was a very mature drive after a bad start.
“He recovered fantastically well and drove with great maturity at a track that we always knew would suit the McLarens. To come away with second place was a great result for him – and it was great pit-work by the guys to get Mark out ahead of [Robert] Kubica.”