Webber reigns in Spain for Red Bull

08:28, May 10, 2010      

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Australian driver secures season's first win and third of his career

BARCELONA - Australian Mark Webber won the Spanish Grand Prix for rampant Red Bull on Sunday after leading from start to finish at Formula One's most predictable circuit.

For the 10th year in succession at the Circuit de Catalunya, the driver who started on pole position took the chequered flag as winner.

After 66 laps in the Catalan sunshine, Webber crossed the line a massive 24 seconds clear of Ferrari's second-placed Fernando Alonso.

"It was a fantastic result and I'm absolutely thrilled," he said after his third career win.

Spaniard Alonso, celebrating his first home race for the Italian team, inherited a crowd-pleasing runner-up position when McLaren's hard-charging Lewis Hamilton crashed out with a suspected suspension failure on the penultimate lap.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who had started on the front row alongside Webber, finished third despite suffering brake problems.

Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher was fourth, the best result so far of the 41-year-old's comeback season, with McLaren's Jenson Button unable to find a way past and forced to settle for fifth.

Button, Hamilton's teammate and reigning world champion, stayed top of the standings with 70 points to Alonso's 67 after five of the season's 19 races.

Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa was sixth, Germany's Adrian Sutil seventh for Force India and Poland's Robert Kubica eighth for Renault.

Williams returned to the points with Brazilian Rubens Barrichello in ninth place and local youngster Jaime Alguersuari took the final point for Toro Rosso at his home track.

The biggest challenge Webber faced, after holding off Vettel's attempts to squeeze past at the start, was keeping alert as he lapped in splendid isolation and headed for a seemingly inevitable triumph.

Webber was the fourth different winner in five races.

In the constructors' title race, McLaren lead with 117 and Ferrari are second on 116.

It was a flawless drive by Webber at the front of the field, proving again that the Red Bull cars are the standard-setters this season, but several other men suffered frustrating afternoons.

German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, who was second behind Button at the start of the day, slumped from eighth to 12th on the opening lap and then struggled to make any impact.

A moment of silence was observed for Juan Antonio Samaranch before the start of the 66-lap race. The former International Olympic Committee president died at age 89 last month.

Source: China Daily/Agencies

(Editor:张洪宇)

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