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Webber Evens Race at Three

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Christian Danner's Fastest Lap Tip for Belgian GP

Who will race the Fastest Lap at the 2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX at the historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps?

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DHL's F1 Expert Reviews Fastest Lap at Hungarian Grand Prix

Watch cockpit footage of the Aussie's Fastest Lap and see what DHL's F1® Expert and former F1 driver, Christian Danner, has to say about it.

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Red Bull’s Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix while chasing Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen in the closing stages of the race. With the Australian now tied with his German teammate at three fastest laps apiece, it looks like the race for the 2013 DHL Fastest Lap trophy is becoming a Red Bull showdown.

The retiring Mark Webber continues to show Formula One fans around the world that he will not drive off quietly into the F1 sunset. From P10 off the grid, the Aussie veteran battled hard for position and a place on the podium, earning the day’s fastest lap honors in the process.

Car trouble during Saturday’s qualifying left Red Bull’s number two driver starting the FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2013 from a hapless 10th on the grid.

“KERS, gearbox, you name it. Driving the car around so far off the potential is unbelievable, so it’s massively frustrating,” Webber said after the day’s qualifying rounds.

Solid strategy regains ground
Team Red Bull’s success with tire maintenance this season was used to their advantage on Sunday when the decision was made to start Webber on the medium tires and run them as long as possible. Avoiding the pit lane until lap 23 actually put the Aussie pilot in the lead for nine laps. Although he fell back to fifth after his first pit stop, Webber had still netted five places from the starting grid.

This nearly perfect strategy put the Australian in a fine position to contend for the podium in the second half of the race.

Homestretch on fast softs
Webber made his move with just 10 laps to go, pitting in lap 60 for Pirelli’s soft compound. After rejoining the track, he immediately went ballistic and raced the day’s Fastest Lap in lap 61. Webber completed the 4.381 km Hungaroring in 1min 24.069 sec, nearly a full half-second ahead of his teammate.

Alas, he was unable to catch Vettel, despite running faster than the reigning champ in the final laps of the Grand Prix. He crossed the finish line 5.5 seconds behind in P4.

“This year we’ve seen many many times that whoever puts on a fresh set of tires – ideally a soft set of tires – towards the end of the race while running a light car is within a very good chance of setting the fastest lap of the race,” said DHL’s F1 Expert, Christian Danner after the Hungarian Grand Prix. “Webber is now in a very good position to win the 2013 DHL Fastest Lap Award.”

17th career Fastest Lap
Webber’s fastest lap was the 17th of his career, which ties Rubens Barrichello and puts him only one behind teammate Vettel. As the Aussie sets to retire at the end of this 2013 Formula One season, he is certainly leaving a fastest lap legacyExternal Link.

Hamilton new title contender
Lewis Hamilton’s downright perfect – and surprising – race weekend in the silver bullet makes him now a real contender for the 2013 Formula One Drivers’ Championship. By claiming his first victory this season – and a dominant one at that – the Brit moves into triple figures and fourth place on the drivers’ table. Hamilton is at 124 points, 48 behind reigning champion and current leader Sebastian Vettel.

“It is his first win this year, but there is still a long way to go and you can’t discount any of them,” said Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner.

The win was Hamilton’s 22nd Formula One victory, which puts him equal to fellow British champion Damon Hill. It was also the fourth time he has grabbed the checkered flag in Hungary, adding to his 2007, 2009 and 2012 wins.

Hamilton’s consistency at the Hungaroring is well known and in addition to his win he drove the third fastest lap in the race. So it’s not surprising that Danner had picked the Brit to race the Fastest LapExternal Link.

The standings
The DHL Fastest Lap award is becoming a Red Bull showdown. Mark Webber puts in a fastest lap for the third time this season, drawing level with teammate Sebastian Vettel. We are certainly looking forward to an exciting team duel.

After 10 races, titleholder Vettel is still leading the Drivers’ championship with 172 points. Räikkönen squeezes by Alonso, sitting now one point ahead in P2. And after his first victory of this season, Hamilton is lurking in peak form.

In the Constructors’ standings, Red Bull continues to expand its massive lead, sitting at 277 to Mercedes’ 208 points. A silver arrow has now visited the winners’ podium seven times this season. Ferrari appears to be faltering and while Lotus is gaining ground.

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