Mark Webber claimed his first F1 victory since August 2010 when he won the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos today.
The Red Bull Racing driver, who has been overshadowed by world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel this season, took advantage after the German’s gearbox began to play up.
Vettel had started the race from pole position – his 15th of the season, a new F1 record – and led the early laps until his engineer reported a problem with second and third gears and asked him to short shift to ease the pressure on the transmission.
That allowed Webber to close in, and Vettel didn’t put up a fight when the Aussie swept past into first place. Webber controlled the race from that point on, and Vettel’s problem didn’t get any worse so he was able to cruise around in second place, comfortably clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Fast-starting Alonso had overhauled the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap and then swept ahead of Jenson Button on lap 11 with an audacious move around the outside of the Briton at the fast Ferradura corner.