Red Bull’s Mark Webber blitzed to victory at a nail-biting finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take a four point lead in the driver’s championship heading to the mid season break of the 2010 F1 season. The Aussie took over from Lewis Hamilton after dominating Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.
Sebastian Vettel, the guy who took the wings of Mark Webber, much to his dismay of course, maintained an early lead from pole position. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, was providing a tough challenge for Webber.
A few laps after the Australian took advantage of Vettel’s drive through penalty and held out for a pit stop as he built a lead over Alonso. The strategy ultimately paid dividends with the 33-year-old claiming the first place in Hungary. He is now atop the standings in the driver’s seat.
Alonso’s ferocious pursuit earned him second place, while Vettel finished third. Russian Vitaly Petrov finished 5th just behind Ferrari’s Felipe Massa – the best achievement for the Renault driver this season.
“It was a bit of a gift, but I’ve not had many of them, so I’ll take it. It’s an incredible day for us. It’s nice to have more points than anybody else, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves as there are some big events coming up,” Webber said.
Just 20 points now separate the top five drivers – Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso – while Red Bull also now lead the constructors’ championship.
That will irk McLaren and Hamilton, whose transmission problem ended what was promising to be another fine damage-limitation run from the Englishman, with his and teammate Button’s cars again well off the pace of Ferrari and the stunning Red Bull.
At the beginning of the season, Webber was the least expected driver to lead the drivers’ championship but he has consistently racked up victories with his performances. Currently, he has already registered four victories – Monaco, Spain, Britain and the last one in Hungary.
He leads the driver’s championship and looks determined to win it all this season barring any problems with his Red Bull car.
Can Mark Webber win the 2010 F1 world championship? Bodog sportsbook has the odds.
Mark Webber 10.00
Fernando Alonso 3.50
Lewis Hamilton 4.50
Sebastien Vettel 6.50Comments