Mark Webber stole the British Grand Prix on Sunday from Fernando Alonso, but it still wasn’t enough for the Aussie Red Bull driver to take the top position on the championship table from the Ferrari competition leader.
Webber started neck and neck with pole sitter Alonso and overtook him on lap 48 of 52 after the Spaniard had dominated for much of the day.
Webber has now won the Silverstone meet twice in the past three years and trails Alonso by 13 points overall in the driver’s standings.
Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel came in at number three on a day that featured less than ideal weather.
"Fernando had good pace from the start, but we had the better strategy in the end. We never gave up, we kept pushing and it did not work out in the end for Fernando," said Webber.
The win comes as Webber’s contract with Red Bull comes closer to an end. The 35-year-old admitted to having spoken with other teams, but noted that discussions haven’t neared the serious stage of contract negotiations.
It wasn’t the only awkward question Webber endured post-race. Sitting next to Vettel at the press conference, journalists asked the Aussie whether he would let his German teammate overtake him for a victory, as if Webber was for some reason the lesser driver. Webber dodged the question will insinuating the lack of intelligence it possessed.
Silverstone attracted 125,000 spectators, but it was a tough day for McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who finished eighth and 10th.