Mark Webber, like Rodney Dangerfield, can’t get any respect. No matter how well he seems to do in this year’s F1 series, his Red Bull Renault team continues to make one thing clear: you’ll always be the number two driver behind Sebastian Vettel. Want proof? In qualifying for this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the Red Bull Renault team brought two new front wing assemblies, one for each driver. When Vettel damaged his in practice, team orders were for Webber to surrender his and go back to an older wing design. Vettel, using Webber’s front wing, qualified on pole with Webber alongside him on the front row.
On race day, things didn’t exactly work out the way Sebastian Vettel may have hoped. His Red Bull Renault car was slow off the line, giving Webber the ability to out duel him in the first corner. Webber took the line, forcing Vettel wide and into Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren Mercedes. The resulting contact cut Vettel’s tire, and he was forced to pit on lap one. Webber never looked back and never had any serious challenges to his lead; Vettel, who was nearly a minute and a half behind Webber following his first lap tire change, ultimately finished in seventh spot.
Mark Webber took the win and (hopefully) gained some respect among Red Bull Renault team executives. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) took second followed by Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) rounding out the final podium position.
Lewis Hamilton remains atop the points in the Driver’s Championship Standings, with 145. Jenson Button is in second place 133, followed by Mark Webber with 128 and Sebastian Vettel with 121. The championship is still up for grabs, but one thing is certain: things are going to get real interesting at Red Bull Renault before the year is over.