Mark Webber qualified a strong second for the British Grand Prix and was on the same fuel strategy as his rivals, which is a boost for the Red Bull Renault team. However, a spin on the very first lap saw him drop to the tail of the field before he recovered to finish in tenth position.
David Coulthard had a short race from 11th position on the grid as he made a move on Sebastian Vettel on the first lap and the two made contact and retired from the race.
Mark Webber“Unfortunately I dropped it on the entrance to Becketts on the first lap. I was quite close to Kimi (Raikkonen) and just got on the white line. I lost the car on the exit and had to let the field go past, so it was clear to spin back round. After that it was about making the right call for the right conditions. It was a difficult day to go car racing and it just didn’t go our way today. The guys did a good job all week and it’s a shame we couldn’t convert our good qualifying performance.”
David Coulthard“The visibility was incredibly bad as you can imagine. I was very close to Sebastian after Abbey, as he had a wobble coming out of there. There was a clear gap down the inside, but unfortunately it was closing as I made the move. I’m sorry for him that we made contact and went into the gravel, I’m sorry for Red Bull too, as it was two cars out in one hit. I’m extremely disappointed for this to happen at my last British Grand Prix.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal“A hugely disappointing day. Mark unfortunately spun on the first lap, but thereafter had very good pace. At his first stop we opted for him to stay on the same set of intermediates, as the rain had not yet arrived, and then fuelled him to the finish at the next downpour. Unfortunately a further spin left him outside of the points today. For David, not much to say, he went for a gap that closed on him, which finished his race prematurely. All in all, a lost opportunity.”
Fabrice Lom, Renault Principal Engineer, Track Support“We are very sad that we didn’t put into points the performance that we showed yesterday. Mark did a great qualifying performance and had good pace in the race, but today wasn’t our day. We’ll have to wait until next time.”