Wings This Week is a weekly focus on athletes and events from the world of Red Bull. The focus this week are the Wings For Life Cars that propelled Webber and Vettel to victory at the British GP.
Red Bull’s performance at last Sunday’s Grand Prix shook the very foundations of the Silverstone Circuit – a textbook display of ardent teamwork and strategy. Mark Webber was the first to enthral, stalking Fernando Alonso’s for most of the race, finally taking the lead on lap 48 of the 52.
Alonso contested the place but to no avail – Webber had the faster car and the writing was on the wall!
But Webber was quick to salute his partnership with Red Bull compadre, Sebastian Vettel. Hailed as the ‘man to fear’ at the British Grand Prix, Vettel played his cards early and made a stop on lap 11. On the fresh, hard rubber he put in a brace of quick laps and managed to steal two places when everything played out, propelling him to third place – a double podium victory for Team Red Bull then!
But amidst the rain, champagne, celebrities and celebrations, it was clear what made the victory so special – it’s all in the details.
Prior to the event fans from all over the world were called forward to race with Web and Seb on the big day. The benevolent were asked to send in donations and Red Bull racing matched every donation made, with a 100 % going directly to spinal cord injury research projects around the globe. In return, Red Bull then immortalized these shining personalities by having their photographs forged into the Red Bull GP car decals themselves.
The colours were bright, the faces were lucid, and the resounding goodwill no doubt, inspired both Red Bull racing Drivers to chase the podium! “It’s still sinking in,” Webber says. “It’s a very special victory for the team, being from just down the road. Thanks to the team for doing a great job – and thanks to all the fans for sticking with us over the last few days…”