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German GP 2009: Webber Takes Maiden Victory

Mark Webber took his first ever win in Formula One today at the German Grand Prix, after 8 years of Grand Prix racing.

The former Minardi, Jaguar and Williams man stood on top of the podium for Red Bull racing capping off another 1-2 despite a penalty.  Felipe Massa took Ferrari’s first podium of the year.

Race Review

Webber didn’t get a great start from pole position, with Rubens Barrichello and KERS runners like Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa getting the run on the Australian he was swallowed.  In attempts to stop Barrichello, he swung to the right and hit the Brazilian drivers Brawn – an event to which he would later be penalised.

Hamilton went through the gap created by Webber using his KERS system to full effect, but braking early into T1 his rear tyre was tagged by an off balance Webber leading to a puncture for the British racer.

Towards the back there were a few other incidents, Jarno Trulli getting held back in an incident he described as ruining his race.

There were few overtakes in the race, mostly around Lewis Hamilton who was a lap down having to crawl around the 3 mile Nurburgring GP track back to the pits.

Massa got ahead of Button and Vettel from the start, with Raikkonen just behind dropping off Adrian Sutil who drove fantastically well in the Force India.

On lap 2 Button managed to but the superior Brawn car down the inside of Massa, Massa driving a fantastic race today holding off Vettel for a long period of time.

Webber got a drive through penalty and completed it on lap 14 when Rubens Barrichello, his sparring partner at the front took his first of three stops.  Damage limitation working a treat in the end for Red Bull.

Kovalainen and Massa had held up the bunch so Webber got out in front.  Kovalainen slipped back on a lighter strategy to eventually finish the race in 8th place after a long tustle for the final points including drivers right down to Nakajima (12th).

Massa stayed out until lap 25, and with both Brawn’s being on 3 stop strategies he was in with a good chance of a podium.  Vettel was released in front of Massa and never looked like catching Webber but ran much better than he was behind Felipe.

Kimi Raikkonen looked slow, and for a reason.  He had a power shortage which eventually led to smoke coming from the back of the Ferrari and a retirement on lap 35.  It could have been a high double point finish for the Scuderia.

At Rubens Barrichello’s second stop the fuel rig broke and the team had to use the spare, putting less fuel than they wanted to – they had planned to move him onto a competitive 2 stop strategy.  By the end Button was ahead of the Brazilian, and Rubens has claimed the team are favouring Jenson not using the original rig deliberately.  Whether this is true or not is unknown, but Ross Brawn does have a history of team orders….

By the flag, Webber took a comfortable win ahead of Vettel and Massa.  Rosberg worked his way up the field well to take 4th ahead of the 2 Brawn’s and a brilliant Fernando Alonso who worked his way through the field with massively fast laps all this despite a spin on the parade lap.

Sebastien Bourdais retired early on in what could be his final ever F1 race.  The rumour mill circulates he is on his way out of the Toro Rosso team for poor performance.   Jaime Alguersari and Bruno Senna are top of the list to replace the Frenchman, but one newspaper reckoned Sebastian Loeb could be in with a chance of finishing the season with the Faenza based outfit.

Classified Results Standing:

Pos Driver Team Time
1 M. Webber Red Bull Renault 1.36.43.310
2 S. Vettel Red Bull Renault +9.252
3 F. Massa Ferrari +15.906
4 N. Rosberg Williams Toyota +21.099
5 J. Button Brawn Mercedes +23.609
6 R. Barrichello Brawn Mercedes +24.468
7 F. Alonso Renault +24.888
8 H. Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes +58.692
9 T. Glock Toyota +1.01.452
10 N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber +1.01.925
11 G. Fisichella Force India Merc +1.02.327
12 K. Nakajima Williams Toyota +1.02.876
13 N. Piquet Renault +1.08.328
14 R. Kubica BMW Sauber +1.09.555
15 A. Sutil Force India Merc +1.11.941
16 S. Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari +1.30.225
17 J. Trulli Toyota +1.30.970
18 L. Hamilton McLaren Mercedes +1 lap

Fastest Lap: F. Alonso, Renault: 1.33.365

Retirements

Driver Team Lap Reason
K. Raikkonen Ferrari 35 Engine
S. Bourdais Toro Rosso Ferrari 19 Mechanical

MW

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One response

  1. Fi

    Hey great low down of the race. It was really exciting. I’m still amazed how Mark made it esp with his drive through. Good stuff. 🙂

    July 14, 2009 at 10:50 am

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