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Mark Webber clinches British Grand Prix

Australian driver beats Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone.

Mark Webber is a genuine contender for the drivers title this season. Tim Hales / AP Photo
Mark Webber is a genuine contender for the drivers title this season. Tim Hales / AP Photo

SILVERSTONE, England // Mark Webber proved himself a genuine Formula One world title contender this season with victory in today's British Grand Prix.

Last year at Silverstone Webber was contentiously ordered to hold station behind Sebastian Vettel as he closed in on his Red Bull teammate in the dying stages at Silverstone.

Today it was Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso battling at the front at the death, with the former grabbing the lead on lap 48 of the 52, going on to claim the ninth victory of his career.

More importantly it has allowed Webber to close the gap on Alonso at the top of the championship standings to 13 points, with Vettel having to settle for third on this occasion, and lying 29 points down.

Webber said: "It was another great day for us, a great day for me. To win here again is a fantastic feeling."

For the Britons, in front of a sell-out 125,500 crowd, it was a day to forget as McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were eighth and 10th, whilst Force India's Paul di Resta retired after two laps.

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