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British Grand Prix: 'Nearly a really special day' for Webber

Mark Webber: I made the most of those safety cars – and today the strategy was one of the best we've done. I think it worked very, very well.
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber appeared sunk after a first corner clash saw him slip to fifteenth, but a dramatic charge through the field saw him come agonisingly close to victory at the 2013 F1 British Grand Prix.

Webber lined up on the grid in fourth, but contact with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean at the start seemingly put him out of contention. However, as Silverstone became the scene of numerous tyre failures and two safety car periods, the Australian picked his way through to eventually finish within a second of winner Nico Rosberg's Mercedes.

“What a day! I don't think any of us expected it to unfold like this,” said Webber. “The start was pretty bad; we have to look into that as we had had a good run of starts recently. Then I had contact with Grosjean and the wing was damaged; the boys did a great job in the stop when they changed it.

“After that we got into the race. I was praying for a safety car, but not for the reason they were coming, as you knew you could be next. When you have something like that, it's Russian Roulette; when you see that many tyre issues for the fellow competitors then it's never comforting. I made the most of those safety cars – and today the strategy was one of the best we've done. I think it worked very, very well.

“I worked hard to manipulate the pace when I had to and then it was Nico and I left at the end. It would have been nice to have had a few more laps, but that's how it was today. It was nearly a really special day, but it was still a nice day.”

Webber announced on Friday that he will be leaving F1 at the end of the season, however, his commitment shows no signs of wavering and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was fulsome in his praise of the 36-year-old's performance.

“For Mark, after a difficult start and being hit at the first corner, he made a great recovery with a good nose change from the guys and his drive from then on was fantastic,” Horner confirmed.

“He got his head down, charged his way back through the field and came pretty close to claiming the victory, but nonetheless second place was a great performance from him on a big weekend for the team.”


by Philip Barclay



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30.06.2013- Race: Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
30.06.2013- Podium:winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04, 2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9, 3rd Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
30.06.2013- Race: Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
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30.06.2013- Race: Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
29.06.2013- Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
30.06.2013- Podium:  2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
30.06.2013- Podium:  2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
30.06.2013- Podium:  2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9

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WylieCoyote

June 30, 2013 11:11 PM
Last Edited 478 days ago

He relies on the electronics, like everybody else, for a good start. He didn't blame the team. He simply does not know why this start was bad when he doesn't think he did anything different. All he said is that they will need to look at it to see what went wrong. He did not blame the car or himself. It was an excellent drive. He kept the pace up despite the broken front wing in the first stint. He passed them like they were standing still in the last stint. The reception he got from the British crowd was huge and shows that the hatred shown to him on this board is from a very small minority. And all the drivers benefited from the SC. It has certainly helped others win and place in earlier races.



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