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Silverstone 2012 delivered Mark Webber’s ninth F1 victory, meaning he is the only driver other than Fernando Alonso to have celebrated two wins this year. Despite that, the Australian admits that he did not expect to be taking the chequered flag on Sunday.
Webber first won the British Grand Prix in 2010, famously quoting ‘not bad for a number two driver’ while on his victory lap. This afternoon, as Alonso’s pace dropped while running the less durable Soft compound tyre in the closing stages of the race, Webber was able to sweep around the outside of Brooklands Corner.
“I’ve got a few wins now, but this one is taking a little bit to sink in,” the Red Bull driver admitted in the post-race press conference. “Initially it might not have looked like a spectacular race with Fernando, but it was on because there was a bit of strategy involved there, particularly our pace during the individual stints on different tyres.”
He added that being patient was a crucial element.
“I thought he was in very good shape for the win after the opening stint, but in the final one it started to come our way and I knew he was running a different strategy. Sometimes I do have bad medicine and it can be hard to come back from it. You just have to grab what you can and I wasn’t going to let that chance slip today. I’m absolutely over the moon.”
Already the top two men in the Drivers’ Championship before Round 9, Alonso and Webber remain first and second but the leading margin is now only 13 points.
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