Webber wins British GP after clash with Vettel

Australian Mark Webber won the British Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday.

England: Australian Mark Webber won the British Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton was second for McLaren, 1.3 seconds behind, to extend his overall lead in the championship. Germany`s Nico Rosberg finished third for Mercedes.

A searing sun, a strong breeze and raging controversy over Red Bull`s decision to favour German Sebastian Vettel over Australian Mark Webber set the mood ahead of Sunday`s mid-season showdown at the British Grand Prix.

As tens of thousands of fans made their way into the new-layout Silverstone circuit in central England, a variable breeze and a few clouds overhead signalled slightly lower temperatures than Saturday`s 30 degrees Celsius, but spells of hot sunshine continued.
But the weather was hardly on the minds of the expected 120,000 crowd - they were more concerned at the political machinations within the Red Bull team where a decision taken on Saturday saw a new front wing design switched from Webber`s car to Vettel`s before qualifying.

As the decision threatened to blow into a full-blown row, the Red Bull team intervened to explain that Vettel was given the new part, taken from Webber`s car, because he is ahead of his team-mate in the drivers` championship.
Webber, who wound up second on the grid behind Vettel by just one-tenth of a second, was clearly upset and had to work hard to keep himself restrained after another episode in the erosion of his confidence in the Red Bull team.

Earlier this season, he and Vettel collided at the Turkish Grand Prix in an incident that was widely blamed on the 23-year-old German`s impetuosity, but Red Bull did little other than try to paper over the cracks for the sake of the team.

Bureau Report

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