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Mark Webber wins British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton finishes second; Adrian Sutil eighth

— PHOTO: AFP

THE CHAMPION:Red Bull's Mark Webber celebrates after winning the British GP in Silverstone on Sunday.

SILVERSTONE: Australian Mark Webber cruised to his third win of the season when he dominated the British Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday.

The 33-year-old driver made a dazzling start from second on the grid, and fought his way past his German teammate and pole sitter Sebastian Vettel going into the first corner.

It was a special win for Webber, not only the fifth victory of his career, but coming after an in-team row over favouritism on Saturday when Vettel was given a special front wing part taken from his car.

“Not bad for a number two driver,” said Webber to his team chief Christian Horner afterwards. Webber's win lifted him back into contention for the drivers' World championship after a barren spell since winning the Monaco GP.

Home-favourite Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 champion, finished second for McLaren ahead of third-placed German Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes.

Hamilton's McLaren teammate and fellow Briton, defending champion Jenson Button, came home fourth after starting 14th on the grid.

Brazilian Rubens Barichello finished fifth for Williams ahead of Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi.

Vettel finished seventh, after a first lap pit-stop for a puncture, in the second Red Bull.

Reflecting on his bad start Vettel said: “I got a bad start, I had lots of wheel spin, but that's life, I had to let Mark pass. People then said Lewis (Hamilton) touched me, I didn't feel anything... I'm sure it wasn't his intention to give me a puncture but so early it was a big minus having the puncture.”

Vettel was followed home by fellow Germans Adrian Sutil of Force India and seven-time champion Michael Schumacher in the second Mercedes.

Another German, rookie Nico Hulkenberg, finished 10th in the second Williams.

Adrian Sutil lost a dramatic duel with Vettel in the final lap to finish eighth as Force India added four valuable points from the eventful British GP.

His teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi also featured in a wheel-to-wheel duel with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso before finishing 11th, just outside the points bracket. The lone Indian F-1 driver Karun Chandhok came 19th, ahead of his Hispania teammate Sakon Yamamoto, whose was the last car to the chequered flag.

Starting 11th on the grid, Sutil rose to the fifth place before his only pit-stop and the German rejoined the race 14th.

From there, Sutil worked his way up to the seventh place after an eventful stint that saw him coming in contact with Pedro de la Rossa, sending some debris flying.

The results: 1. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1hr 24min 38.200sec; 2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1.360s; 3. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) 21.307; 4. Jenson Button (McLaren) 21.986; 5. Rubens Barrichello (Williams F-1) 31.456; 6. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) 32.171; 7. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 36.734; 8. Adrian Sutil (Force India) 40.932; 9. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP) 41.599; 10. Nico Hulkenberg (Williams F-1) 42.012; 11. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India) 42.459; 12. Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) 47.627; 13. Vitaly Petrov (Renault) 59.374; 14. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:02.385; 15. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1:07.489; 16. Jarno Trulli (Lotus) 1 lap; 17. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus) 1 lap; 18. Timo Glock (Virgin Racing) 2 laps; 19. Karun Chandhok (Hispania) 2 laps; 20. Sakon Yamamoto (Hispania) 2 laps.

Drivers' standings (top 10): 1. Lewis Hamilton 145 points; 2. Jenson Button 133; 3. Mark Webber 128; 4. Sebastian Vettel 121; 5. Fernando Alonso 98; 6. Nico Rosberg 90; 7. Robert Kubica 83; 8. Felipe Massa 67; 9. Michael Schumacher 36; 10. Adrian Sutil 35; 13. Vitantonio Liuzzi 12.

Constructors' standings: 1. McLaren 278 points; 2. Red Bull 249; 3. Ferrari 165; 4. Mercedes GP 126; 5. Renault 89; 6. Force India 47; 7. Williams F-1 31; 8. Sauber 15; 9. Toro Rosso 10 . — Agencies

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