Webber on podium as Red Bull score best-ever result 22 Jul 2007
Red Bull scored their second Formula One podium on Sunday as Mark Webber came home third in the rain-hit European Grand Prix. It was a good afternoon all round for the team, with David Coulthard also finishing strongly in fifth place to secure Red Bull their best-ever result.
Webber had qualified an excellent sixth in the improved RB3 and when the heavens opened just after the start the Australian - and his Scottish team mate - pitted for more appropriate tyres. The timing worked out well, and when the race resumed the duo found themselves scrapping over third place, with Webber quickly gaining the advantage.
He fell to fourth behind Kimi Raikkonen in the middle stages, but when the Ferrari dropped out with technical problems on lap 35, Webber moved back into podium contention. He had to fend off the charging Williams of Alex Wurz in the closing laps, but held on despite struggling with vibration from his rear tyres and almost losing control in the races penultimate corner. It was the second podium of Webbers Formula One career and his first for his current team.
Coulthards race was even more remarkable - given that he started from a lowly 20th on the grid following complaints of being slowed by Webber during qualifying. After his early stop for wet tyres, Coulthard rocketed up the order in the opening laps, but was ultimately unable to match the consistency of Webbers pace.
Nevertheless, his fifth place brought Red Bulls tally for the day to ten points, the teams biggest haul in a single race since they started Formula One racing back in 2005.
"A fantastic team result today, summed up boss Christian Horner. Today was all about teamwork, the drivers, the work on the pit wall, the work in the pit stops, everyone did a fantastic job. I'm very, very pleased for Mark, after such rotten luck during the first half of the season he finally got a result he deserved.
David had a fantastic recovery from a disappointing qualifying session, but the guys did their bit on the circuit today and the team in the pit lane, and I'm very proud of everybody, it's a great result for the whole team."
The result means Red Bull move up to sixth place in the constructors' championship standings on 16 points, seven ahead of Toyota and two behind Williams.