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Webber battles for Fastest Lap

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Danner Reviews Canadian GP

Red Bull’s Webber scores Fastest Lap in bid for podium spot

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Fastest Lap Pick for Silverstone

Who do you think will race the Fastest Lap at the 2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX?

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As teammate Sebastian Vettel grabbed his third checkered flag of the year, Red Bull Racing’s number two driver Mark Webber piloted a brilliant fastest lap at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix despite a damaged front wing.

The final moments of the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2013 saw an exciting flurry of fastest laps as the world’s fastest race car drivers battled for position at historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve under sunny Canadian skies. Red Bull’s Mark Webber was in the heat of it all, fighting hard much of the race for third. Despite punishing his damaged car in the final laps, he was ultimately unable to catch Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.

Yet the Australian did not leave Canada empty-handed, claiming the Fastest Lap in the penultimate lap. He completed the 4.361 km circuit in 1min 16.182 seconds.

Webber joins four drivers – including teammate Vettel – on the 2013 DHL Fastest Lap table.

“You could see quite clearly that both of the Red Bull drivers were trying very hard get the honor of the fastest lap,” said DHL’s F1 expert and former F1 driver, Christian Danner, after the race.

It’s no secret that Vettel likes fastest laps and he was obviously pushing for it despite his fairly comfortable lead.

The German’s checkered flag was Red Bull’s first ever win in North America. Third time’s apparently the charm for the three-time world champ, who was unable to win off the pole in the two previous Canadian GPs.

Webber means business
Three-time World Champ Vettel tends to steal the Red Bull spotlight most of the time, but Webber was already showing that he meant business in Montreal during Saturday’s final practice session. He clocked the fastest time at 1min 17.895 seconds, outpacing Adrian Sutil of Force India by three-tenths of a second.

On Sunday, Red Bull’s number two battled hard from start to finish. Off the grid, he quickly moved from P5 to P4, a position he defended for much of the race. After duelling hard with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg for third early on, he was advised by his team to pull back and nurse his tires for a later attack. And attack he did. Midway through the Grand Prix he put the pressure on over five laps until he got the best of the German, chalking up a fastest lap on lap 32 right after clearing the Mercedes. Although Webber won that battle, Fernando Alonso followed him in the Ferrari and a new duel ensued – one that would ultimately result in the day’s fastest lap.

Damage done
Webber was defending well and seemed set for his third trip to the podium this season until Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde turned into him at the hairpin turn on lap 37. The collision made a mess of the RB9’s front wing, something Red Bull admitted after the race most likely decreased performance. “I think we are always experts in hindsight,” Webber said afterward. “It was probably best to leave it on – structurally it was fine, but performance wise it was a big loss.”

Alonso had been on Webber’s heals since the two moved past Hamilton and the Italian now saw his chance. He found the gap going into the first turn one on lap 42 and easily passed the Aussie in the DRS zone.

Webber didn’t give up and made a valiant effort in the penultimate lap to record the DHL Fastest Lap and score a little something for a hard-fought day on the track.

“The fastest lap is always a prestigious thing,” says Danner. “You have to respect a guy who can do it even though his car isn’t in the perfect shape.

The standings
Vettel’s win lifts him to 132 points, extending his title lead in the driver standings. Alonso is at 96 points, jumping past Raikkonen’s 88, who came in P9 after a rough outing. Hamilton is in fourth place with 77 points while Webber follows close behind with 69 points.

The German wunderkind remains atop the Fastest Lap leader board with three. Mark Webber joins Kimi Räikkönen, Sergio Pérez, and Esteban Gutierrez, each with one Fastest Lap so far.

Team Red Bull is still clearly out front in the Constructors’ Championship with 201 points over Ferrari’s 145.

Danner’s Fastest Lap tip for Silverstone
Who will race the Fastest Lap at the 2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX? Watch the second video at the top of this page and learn what DHL’s F1 expert and former F1 driver, Christian Danner, has to say.

And stay tuned for more tips and reviews. Before and after each Grand Prix, Christian Danner will offer up his fastest lap pick and then review that perfect lap after the race. “One thing that is so cool about the fastest lap,” says Danner, “is that there’s always a story behind the story.” Christian shares that story each week and you can have a look back at his past picks and reviews at any time here or at DHL's YouTube channelExternal Link / New Window

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