Australian Mark Webber wins in Hungary to take F1 lead

09:21, August 03, 2010      

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Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber holds up his trophy and champagne during the awarding ceremony of the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit July 11, 2010. Webber won the champion with 1 hour 24 minutes and 38.200 seconds. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

Australian driver Mark Webber reclaimed the Formula One championship lead from Lewis Hamilton after grabbing victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest of Hungary, Australia's media reported on Monday.

McLaren's Hamilton retired with a suspected gearbox failure, only his second failure to score this season, and dropped to second place overall and four points adrift.

Webber's Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel had been favorite to win the race.

Vettel, starting on pole position for the seventh time in 12 races, again failed to convert the advantage, falling foul of the safety car rules and finishing third behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Webber now has 161 points to Hamilton's 157, with Vettel on 151 and McLaren's Jenson Button on 147.

In one of the closest battles in years, Alonso has 141.

"It was a bit of a gift today for me," Webber told ABC News.

"But I have not had many of them so I will take today's.

"In the first stint I thought, 'Here we go, Budapest all over again'," added the Australian, who had feared on Saturday that his hardest task would be to stay awake as he followed Vettel around the tight, slow circuit.

"He was on pole and was leading the first stint and unless he makes a mistake or has a problem, it is probably going to be his race.

"But this is racing and sometimes it happens. Most of my other victories haven't been gifted to me."

According to ABC News, Webber, celebrating his fourth win of the campaign, did everything right after staying out while Vettel and others pitted for fresh tyres as the safety car was deployed on the 15th of 70 laps because of debris on the track.

Vettel failed to keep the correct distance in second place and was handed the penalty, a radio problem leaving him struggling to understand what he had done wrong.

Source: Xinhua


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