• British Grand Prix

Webber 'very proud' of victory

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber took the lead on lap 48 from Fernando Alonso © Press Association

Mark Webber said that he was "very proud" of his victory in the British Grand Prix as he won Red Bull's home race.

With Red Bull based in Milton Keynes, just 13 miles from Silverstone, Webber's victory came in front of a number of team members from the factory. It was his second victory of the season following his win at Monaco and came when he passed Fernando Alonso around the outside of Brooklands with four laps left.

Webber admitted that he didn't expect to get an opportunity to pass Alonso in the final stint but was pleased to win the team's home grand prix.

"It was a very interesting race," Webber said. "I thought at the start that Fernando had very good pace but a bit of strategy at the end there [worked]. Obviously Fernando started on a different tyre but I never gave up, kept pushing and it didn't really work out for Fernando at the end. It was very close for him so we were there to capitalise.

"It's a very special victory for the team, just down the road and for all the guys it's been incredible for them. Also for Renault, again another victory here in the UK so I'm very proud today."

Webber added that he ensured he was in position to capitalise on Alonso's lack of pace on soft tyres, though it took him a while to realise he could fight for victory.

"Fernando looked very good in the first two stints. I was a bit surprised how his last options didn't work, Ferrari are generally pretty good on those type of compounds - he was very quick here last year as well so it looked like things were going to work out OK. But it just goes to show you never ever give up, you keep pushing. I thought that he was playing with me a little bit in that last stint because he knew that he had the range, he could just wait a little bit after his stop and go quite slow on the tyre then if I arrived on him pick the pace up. But he couldn't react and that was good for me, I smelt a little bit of blood and then I could put the pressure on him and get the move done."

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