Webber 'very happy' with race recovery
30 June 2013 – Red Bull's Mark Webber declared himself 'very happy' with an impressive recovery drive to claim second place during Sunday afternoon's eventful British Grand Prix, after a poor getaway had placed him back in 15th position at the end of the opening lap.
A frequent victim of slow-starts, Webber once again became bogged down as the lights went out, with several faster-starting drivers forced into avoiding action as the field barrelled into the first corner. Romain Grosjean then tagged his front wing through Abbey, with the subsequent damage affecting the pace of the RB9.
After stopping to fit a new front wing, the Australian gradually picked his way through the pack, taking advantage of the final Safety Car period to pit for a new set of Medium compound tyres. On fresh rubber he quickly scythed past his remaining rivals, ultimately finishing the race just 0.7 seconds behind winner Nico Rosberg.
"I don’t have a clue what happened off the line," began Webber, "we need to have a look at that. Grosjean then bashed the front wing, so it compromised the first stint. There were a lot of issues with tyres, but we were lucky not to have any issues.
"We had a clean race with a good strategy. I would like to have had a few more laps at Nico, but he was quick all day. I’m very happy; the team has done a good job."
Webber remains fifth in the Drivers' championship on 87 points with his podium result, now just two behind Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. In the Constructors' standings, Red Bull’s lead has been cut to 48 points, with Mercedes now second.