Webber drives team leftovers to F1 win
SILVERSTONE, England — Mark Webber cruised to his third Formula One victory of the season Sunday after overtaking Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.
The Australian finished 1.36 seconds ahead of series leader Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, turning in an immaculate drive at Silverstone after being angered by having to hand over a key car part to Vettel.
Nico Rosberg of Mercedes was third.
With nine races to go, Hamilton leads the overall standings with 145 points, 12 ahead of McLaren teammate Jenson Button. Webber is third with 128 after becoming the first driver this season to win three races. Vettel is fourth with 121.
Webber’s car has been equipped with the old version of Red Bull’s front wing since qualifying Saturday, after the new design was stripped and handed to Vettel, who subsequently took the pole.
Webber led throughout Sunday after pushing Vettel wide on the opening lap, when Vettel also punctured a tire.
“Not bad for a No. 2 driver,’’ Webber said with some sarcasm.
“The car was faultless all day. But I hope this isn’t the way going forward,” he said of being saddled with the team’s backup equipment.