Web­ber drives team left­overs to F1 win

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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