Started with the rank of captain, if only for seniority, Mark’s season Webber it immediately turned out to be a run-up to team-mate Sebastian Vettel, young promise of the talented brood of the Red Bull Junior Team, promoted to the first team after an excellent season in Toro Rosso embellished by the victory in Monza. In eight races, the first of his career for Milton Keynes, Vettel had already given the team the first two wins, in China and Great Britain, and the first three poles, while on the eve of his 44th Grand Prix with Red Bull ( the 130th of his career) Mark had won three second places in that 2009 (in China, Turkey and Great Britain) as the best result.
The Nürburgirng weekend, however, would have been one to remember for Mark Webber. On Saturday the Australian took his first pole position, ahead of Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen. Eighth and ninth place for the Ferrari of Massa and Raikkonen.
At the start, Mark Webber, got off to a bad start (…) try to close Rubens Barrichello on the right: the two cars make contact, fortunately without consequences, but the Australian will be sanctioned with a drive trough. However, the one who starts best of all is Lewis Hamilton, who from fifth place is preparing to close the first corner in the lead: the Englishman has not, however, dealt with the front wing of Webber’s Red Bull, which punctures the rear tire. right: McLaren wide at turn one and the race already over for the reigning world champion. Contact also for Trulli and Nakajima, with the Italian forced to repair in the pits.
Bad start for Button, who slips to fifth place, ahead of Vettel but behind Kovalainen, 3rd, and Massa. While his team-mate leads for the first 15 laps, Button only manages to overtake Massa on the second lap before making the stop on lap 13. The leading duo stretches easily, while Kovalainen, much slower, is already 15 ”late on lap 10 and keeps the whole group behind him.
On lap 15 Barrichello and Webber enter the pits, the first for the pit stop, the second to serve the penalty: Webber thus maintains the leadership of the race, while the Brazilian slips 3 ° behind Massa, who makes a very long first part of the race and will stop only on lap 26. At 19th, Webber stopped in the pits to refuel and change tires and had to follow Vettel, Raikkonen, Sutil, Rosberg and Kubica in seventh position, none of which, however, has yet supplied.
On lap 30, having exhausted the first round of pit stops, Webber thus climbs back to second position, with a much better pace than that of the BrawnGP of Barrichello, despite the fact that at the wall of the future Mercedes they have studied a three-stop strategy, which will prove to be anyway useless. The situation in the middle of the race is the following: Barrichello leads with just under 3 “on Webber, 8” on Button; Vettel, Massa, Rosberg and Raikkonen are over 20 ”.
The second half of the Grand Prix lives on the recovery of Alonso, who tries in vain to join the two BrawnGPs, and from the second / third round to the pits which ends with outlining the final result. The Australian returns to the top on lap 33 and continues to stretch, Barrichello has a problem with the fuel filler during refueling and Raikkonen has to retire. Ten laps pass and Mark returns to the pits for his last stop, imitated a lap later by his teammate. the two Red Bulls are in control, Webber has 13 “over Vettel, 5” ahead of Massa. Rosberg, Button, Barrichello, Alonso, and Kovalainen follow in the points.
After 1h 36’43 “310 of the race, Mark Webber crosses the finish line for what is the first victory of his career: a success arrived at the 130th Grand Prix, a record for Formula 1 (primacy subtracted from Barrichello, winner nine years earlier, again in Germany, after 124 GPs), which brings Australia back to the top step of the podium after 28 years (Alan Jones, Las Vegas 1981).
Thanks to Vettel’s placement, Red Bull conquers its third double of the season and confirms itself as the first opponent of BrawnGP, which now has only 9.5 points ahead in the Constructors’ standings. In that driver, however, Button’s advantage is still 21 points over Vettel, while Webber overtakes Barrichello in third place by 1.5 points, the same distance that separates him from the second place of his teammate.
However, the Nürburgring victory does not do well for Webber, as in the following six races he will be third in Hungary and will collect two retirements and three finishes off the points. The victory in Brazil and the second place in Abu Dhabi in the last two rounds of the championship, will lift the season of the Australian, closed in fourth place 14.5 points behind Vettel, second.