Mark Webber of Red Bull Wins Spanish Grand Prix; Alonso Second, Vettel 3rd
Webber beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by 24 seconds at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was third. Hamilton’s McLaren had a puncture and slammed into a metal barrier, ripping off two wheels.
It’s the third race win for Webber, who’s the 10th straight pole-sitter to win the Spanish Grand Prix.
“It was a crucial pole,” Webber told reporters. “The race today was a very well executed Grand Prix. I just settled into a rhythm, looking after the tires.”
Record seven-time champion Michael Schumacher of Mercedes was fourth for his best finish since returning this season after a three-year absence. It’s the first time this year he beat teammate Nico Rosberg, who was 13th.
McLaren’s Jenson Button, the defending series champion, finished fifth. He remains atop the standings after 5 of 19 races with 70 points, three more than Alonso.
Webber rose to fourth overall on 53, seven points behind Vettel.
Australia’s Webber said engineers at his Milton Keynes, England-based team, which is bankrolled by caffeinated energy drink-maker Red Bull GmbH, had worked “astronomical” hours and sacrificed sleep to prepare the car.
“It’s good we work for Red Bull: Their eyes are popping out of their heads after the work they did,” Webber said.
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