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.
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:
|1||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||18.104.22.1680|
|2||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||+9.252|
|4||N. Rosberg||Williams Toyota||+21.099|
|5||J. Button||Brawn Mercedes||+23.609|
|6||R. Barrichello||Brawn Mercedes||+24.468|
|8||H. Kovalainen||McLaren Mercedes||+58.692|
|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|
|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|
|18||L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||+1 lap|
Fastest Lap: F. Alonso, Renault: 1.33.365
|S. Bourdais||Toro Rosso Ferrari||19||Mechanical|
This entry was posted on July 12, 2009 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2009 Race Weekends, BMW Sauber, Brawn GP, F1 News, Ferrari, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toyota, Williams and was tagged with Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa, German Grand Prix, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Mark Webber First Win, Nurburgring, Nurburgring Nordschelife, Ross Brawn, Rubens Barrichello, Sebastian Vettel, Sebastien Bourdais, Team Orders.