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GP Week : Issue 185
With the weight of Formula One politics off his shoulders, future WeC Porsche convert Mark Webber was keen to make a good start to what would be his final Formula One outing at silverstone. Brilliant launches off the line at Sepang and Montreal gave Webber more confidence in his starts than he has had in recent years, but a typical Webber clutch-discharge saw the Australian veteran slip down the order faster than last month’s soup of the day; he was collected by the Lotus of Romain Grosjean whilst fighting for a half-decent track position. “I didn't have a clue what happened off the line,” Webber said after the race. “We’ve had two or three good starts in the last few races and then the lights went out and we were back to our normal form.” Form, however, is temporary. Class is permanent. On Sunday afternoon, the Silverstone crowd was treated to one more of the Australian racer’s trademark ‘dig deep and let the chips fall where they may’ drives. By lap 3, Webber was back up and running in 12th despite his poor start, forcing his way through any gap that looked like it would give him half a chance of passing. As Jenson Button allowed teammate Perez an easy passage past, the Briton was caught out by Webber filling his mirrors and the Red Bull racer made short work of overtaking around the outside of the toilsome McLaren before stopping on lap 11 for a new nose cone. With Vettel’s retirement, Rosberg and Webber took advantage of the second Safety Car to pit for fresh rubber, with the Australian now on fresh medium rubber. But as the green flags were raised to allow racing to resume, yet another tyre failure – this time suffered by Perez – brought the Safety Car out again and costing Webber valuable running time to the flag. Webber was clearly in ‘don’t argue’ mode, muscling his way from fifth to second with two laps to go. By this stage however, the tyre performance between himself and Rosberg had steadied with the German maintaining a 0.2 second DRS buffer zone. With one lap to go, Webber got within a second of his opponent and activated the RB9’s DRS, but it was all too late, and the Australian finished his last British Grand Prix seven-tenths shy of a fairy tale ending – but not through a lack of conviction. An emotional message to his crew over the radio illustrated just how much the drive meant to him. Charge highlights Webber's Silverstone swan-song 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> GREAT BRITAIN