Webber wins at Silverstone

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MARK Webber beat Fernando Alonso to victory in round eight of the 2012 FIA F1 World Championship at Silverstone on Sunday.

Alonso, last year’s Silverstone winner, led the way after qualifying on pole and opened up a commanding lead before his tyres wilted in the sun.

Webber eventually caught the Spaniard to take the lead before holding on to claim victory while Alonso came second and Sebastian Vettel third.

Felipe Massa completed his best weekend of the 2012 campaign to finish fourth for Ferrari while the top six was completed by Kimi Raikkonen and the impressive Romain Grosjean – both driving for Lotus F1.

British McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could only manage eighth and 10th respectively while Scotland’s Paul di Resta span out early on with a puncture before retiring two laps later.

Fernando Alonso, who leads at the top of the World Championship standings, said afterwards: “This has been a good weekend for me. The pole position was great and I raced hard.

“I thought I might be able to win but my car went away over the last few laps and Mark was able to catch me.

“To be in this position nearing the halfway point of the season is good as at the start of the year I didn’t think we had a winning car at Ferrari.

“This year’s championship is now very exciting.”

The off-track problems dominated proceedings throughout the weekend with torrential rain causing mayhem to those who attended.

Silverstone boss, Richard Phillips, said: “We will hold a full investigation into what happened in the camp sites and car parks and attempt to rectify the issues in the future.”