Chasing Brawn and Button in the title race
Mark Webber yesterday became the first Australian to win a Grand Prix since Alan Jones triumphed at the wheel of a Williams Ford back in Las Vegas in 1981. The German Grand Prix victory moves the Red Bull Renault driver third in
the championship, just 1.5 points behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel but still a considerable 22.5 behind leader Jenson Button
However, in the constructors’ championship, things are closer with Red Bull 19.5 points behind the Brawn Mercedes team. Nurburgring winner Webber believes that both championships are still possible with eight rounds remaining.
"They are both still up for grabs, there is no question about it," Webber said. "The work that has gone on at Milton Keynes underneath Adrian Newey and all the guys there... They have produced a special car, no doubt about it. Brawn are leading the constructors because they deserve to be, they have got a lot of points but we are not giving up.
"Sebastian and I are on the top of our game and pushing as best as we can to be as consistent as possible at all venues," he continued. "Renault are giving us fantastic engines. The team are gelling incredibly well.
The big problem at our factory at the moment is building a trophy cabinet, so it is a very good problem for us to have!”
While Webber is understandable most happy with his win, he was less thrilled with the controversial drive-through penalty handed out by the race stewards following his contact with Rubens Barrichello
at the start of the race.
Webber battled back however and still won the race by ten seconds, but the silver lining on the penalty was that it took a relatively straightforward win and turned it into a little more of a challenge.
“What is really important to me is that it wasn’t handed to me,” Webber continued. “I had to work for it. I started on pole and it would have been a lot more comfortable obviously without the little penalty but apart from that it was still reasonably straight forward.”