Formula One

                === Webber outruns Alonso for British GP win ===
 Silverstone, England (Sports Network) - Mark Webber from Red Bull made a late-
 race  pass  on Ferrari's Fernando Alonso  for the lead to win Sunday's British
 Grand Prix.
 Running  under dry conditions,  Alonso started on the pole and led most of the
 52-lap  grand prix  around the  3.667-mile, 18-turn  Silverstone Circuit.  But
 Webber, with fresher tires, overtook Alonso with less than five laps remaining
 and  then beat him to the finish line by 3.1 seconds for his second win of the
 season  and  the ninth  of his  Formula One career.  The Australian scored his
 first victory of the season in the May 29 Monaco Grand Prix.
 Webber  made his  second and final pit  stop several laps after Alonso came in
 for  his  last stop. Alonso had  held a comfortable 21-second lead, but Webber
 quickly gained on him before making his winning pass.
 "It was a very interesting race," Webber said. "Alonso had very good pace, but
 we had the better strategy at the end. We never gave up."
 Webber also won the British GP in 2010.
 Alonso  was attempting to win his third grand prix of the season. The Spaniard
 won this race last year.
 "It  was very  close today, but at the  end, Mark was much quicker than us and
 deserved the victory," Alonso said.
 Two  weeks  ago, Alonso  became the  first repeat  race winner  of the 2012 F1
 season  with  his victory in  the European Grand  Prix in Valencia, Spain. The
 year began with seven different winners in as many grand prix.
 Alonso  entered the  British GP with a  20-point lead over Webber in the world
 championship standings, but after his win, Webber trimmed that advantage to 13
 "I'm  still leading  the championship,  and that's  the main  target for  us,"
 Alonso added.
 Webber's  teammate, Sebastian  Vettel, finished third, while Felipe Massa from
 Ferrari and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-five.
 "The  start was  not so good since  we lost a position to Massa," Vettel said.
 "It  was a  tough fight in the  beginning. We chose the right strategy to come
 back, so all in all, I'm very happy."
 Red  Bull  increased its lead  in the  constructors' championship by 64 points
 over Ferrari.
 "We  knew we would  be quicker at the end of the race, and Mark was quick when
 we  needed  him to  be, and the  pass was fantastic,"  Red Bull team principal
 Christian Horner said.
 Romain  Grosjean from Lotus placed sixth, and Mercedes' Michael Schumacher was
 seventh.  Lewis Hamilton  from McLaren started eighth and finished in the same
 position in front of his home crowd.
 "It  was  a disappointing  day in  the sense that  we wish  we could have gone
 further forward and wished that we could've given more for the fans," Hamilton
 Williams'  Bruno Senna took the ninth position, and Jenson Button from McLaren
 placed 10th.
 On  lap 13, Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez made contact, with Perez getting
 spun  around in  what would  be  an early  retirement for  the Sauber  driver.
 Maldonado's over-steered his Williams car and bumped tires with Perez.
 "(Maldonado) doesn't respect other drivers," said Perez, who finished 22nd. "I
 was already in front, and he should've given me space, but he tried to push me
 all  the way.  I don't  understand why  he drives  like that,  and I  hope the
 stewards do something."
 Maldonado, who finished 16th, had a different view of the incident.
 "I  was  on the inside  of the corner,  so it was  mine," he said. "Sergio was
 outside  trying to  take the position from  me. I tried to defend and lost the
 rear of the car. We bumped tires."
 07/08 10:54:11 ET

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