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.
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
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
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.