2009 German GP: Mark Webber Powers To First Victory at Nurburgring
Nurburgring, the new host of the German Grand Prix, and home to five of the 20 drivers, pulled out an unbelievable race in which Mark Webber seized his first win in Formula One.
After eight years of hardship, four different teams, and 130 races, the Aussie rejoiced at the top of the podium to take top honours, with Sebastian Vettel alongside in second. This time the German could only watch as his teammate celebrated, but was also happy for him, showing that he knows how it feels when you get your first Grand Prix win.
Webber drove superbly, and although he couldn't quite knock the Australian cricket team off the front page of the newspapers, he was definitely worthy to be there.
As was the case in Silverstone, the weather conditions played right in Red Bull's hands, with the RB5 once again showing its dominance over the BGP001 in cooler conditions.
The Brawn of Rubens Barrichello put up a good fight at the beginning of the race, with him leading into the first corner, up to the first pit stop. However, this did not last for the duration of the race, as he finished sixth behind teammate Jenson Button.
The Brazilian was quick to point the finger at his team after the race, as plenty of emotions filled the air both on and off the track. As Webber screamed "YES!" down his radio a many number of times, Barrichello expressed how annoyed he was with his team for losing him the race.
One problem for him was with the fuel rig, but also Ross Brawn placed both his drivers on three stops, whereas the Red Bull's were on two stops. A crucial mistake from the mastermind who led Michael Schumacher to seven world championships?
One can only think so.
However, Webber's long awaited victory overshadowed the rows off the track, and even a drive through penalty wasn't enough to stop him. It was an emotional day for the Aussie, and Red Bull.
Brawn GP are set to bring in a new upgrade to Hungary that will hopefully keep their early season momentum going, but although this championship seems to have turned into a two horse race, other teams are still making leaps and bounds to improve.
One team that definitely has performed well is Force India, who have shown great promise in the past few races. Adrian Sutil was yet again close on scoring the teams first points, even running second, but once again had a run in with Kimi Raikkonen exiting the pits.
But, it's needless to say that Ferrari themselves have made great progress this year, with another podium from Felipe Massa who had a brilliant race, showing his defensive skills throughout, and even keeping his Brazilian counterpart at bay for 10 laps.
Their rivals McLaren also made an incredible impact throughout the weekend, with Heikki Kovalainen finishing in the points, but it was not the same for Lewis Hamilton.
The Briton had a magnificent start, storming past Button and Vettel, with teammate Kovalainen going around the other side. He was even in the lead when Webber accidentally clipped his rear right wheel, giving him a puncture, and dropping him to the back of the field.
I believe that the incident was purely accidental, as Webber was so busy battling with Barrichello, that he must have been startled by Hamilton, therefore forcing the mistake. However, with the new front wing package and double-decker diffuser, the reigning world champion will not lay down at Hungary.
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