Mark Webber said he was “marking off second place” until he saw an opportunity and passed Fernando Alonso to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
Webber capitalized on a tire strategy that differed from many of his competitors, including Alonso. The Ferrari pilot started from the pole position and led most of the race, before Webber made his move with four laps remaining and held on to win the British Grand Prix.
“I know Fernando is a wily old fox, I thought he was looking after the tires and just waiting to pull the pin and go a little bit,” said Webber after the race. “But when I got within two seconds I thought maybe he’s in a little bit of trouble… I made the move stick and our hard work paid off for the win.”
The victory in England is Webber’s second of 2012. He won at Monaco in May. The only other driver to win multiple races this year is Alonso, who won the Malaysian and European grand prix races.
Alonso said he was happy with his second-place finish, despite his initial disappointment of not winning the race.
“When you do almost the entire race in the lead and you’re overtaken just a few laps from the finish, it does leave something of a bitter taste in the mouth,” the Spanish pilot said. He added that the team seems to be headed on the right path thanks to four podium finishes in the last five races and just missing out on the fifth. “This is an important moment in the season. It’s not at this time that you win the championship, but one can start to lose it here.”
The second-place finish solidifies Alonso’s lead at the top of Formula 1 drivers’ standings. He leads Webber by 13 points with 11 races remaining in the 2012 season. Two-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel, who finished third at this weekend’s grand prix race, is in third place overall, 29 points behind Alonso.
The German Grand Prix closes out the first half of the Formula 1 season at Hockenheim on July 22.