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Red Bull driver will be fit for Silverstone despite his huge crash at the European GP
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29 June 2010

Mark Webber has said is ready to return to the cockpit of his Red Bull at Silverstone after his horror crash at the European grand prix.

The Red Bull driver struck the back of Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus on lap nine of the race last weekend, causing his car to backflip before careering into a tyre wall.

Webber walked away from the crash, sustaining only light bruising. He told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "I have a bit of swelling in some places, but I'll be fit for Silverstone."

He added on his Twitter account: "Feeling good this morning, roll on Silverstone."

Red Bull has yet to say whether Webber's chassis can be built, one he has used in both his victories so far this season.

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Straight Six Man 30 June 2010

Re: Webber fit for Silverstone

MHanna wrote:

Straight Six Man wrote:
when Webber was interviewed after the race, and he seemed more interested in the football than talking about his crash...

As I said, he's no prima donna and I like him a lot. He's the most down to earth driver there's been in a while as far as I'm concerned. Still though, these guys all know about each other's cars' limitations. I don't believe Webber didn't know the Lotus braked earlier. And if you think the other guy's doing something stupid then you give it another corner until you can overtake safely, just like in the real world. Anyway...

No relation to the Spitfire guys btw.

There is another thread going on this subject, where it's suggested that Webber was trying to get too much of a tow off Kovva, which I can believe, then got caught out by the Lotus braking early. I wouldn't blame Kovva for trying to break the tow, either, which might explain his weaving. There are two sides to every story...

MHanna 29 June 2010

Re: Webber fit for Silverstone

Straight Six Man wrote:
when Webber was interviewed after the race, and he seemed more interested in the football than talking about his crash...

As I said, he's no prima donna and I like him a lot. He's the most down to earth driver there's been in a while as far as I'm concerned. Still though, these guys all know about each other's cars' limitations. I don't believe Webber didn't know the Lotus braked earlier. And if you think the other guy's doing something stupid then you give it another corner until you can overtake safely, just like in the real world. Anyway...

No relation to the Spitfire guys btw.

Straight Six Man 29 June 2010

Re: Webber fit for Silverstone

MHanna wrote:

I'm picturing Jasper Carrott reading the insurance claim form: "the guy in the slow car in front of me put on his brakes so I ploughed straight into the back of him". Look, I like Mark Webber, he's no prima donna, but much as it pains me to agree with Eddie Jordan I think he's right - Webber is largely to blame for the accident. If Kovalainen had been weaving all over the track to block the guy behind him like Hamilton did earlier in the season then maybe it's more on him, but he wasn't. He was driving more or less straight and Webber was just too aggressive right then. There are very few circumstances where the guy doing the rear-ending isn't at fault.

MHanna, now there's a name. No relation of the late Mark and Ray Hanna, as in Spitfire MH434?

Now, I'm a Kovalainen fan, somewhat, but I have to say he was to blame. He was weaving all over the place, Webber didn't know what to think, and it was the first time Webber had ever been caught behind a Lotus, so didn't know how much greater the Lotus's braking distances were than the Red Bull's. Webber couldn't predict that and brake early.

On the other hand, it was Webber's fault for having slipped so far back in the order anyway...

What I found really funny, though, was when Webber was interviewed after the race, and he seemed more interested in the football than talking about his crash... MW: "What's the score?". JH: "We're 2-nil down at the moment". MW: "Really? Bloody hell!".

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