Australian Mark Webber has broken through for his maiden Grand Prix victory at the Nurburgring track in Germany in an action-packed race, beating Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel by over nine seconds.
The long-pilloried journeyman Webber survived a collision with Lewis Hamilton at the start, losing his lead from pole position on the first corner to Reubens Barrichello, and a drivethrough penalty during the race to salute the checkered flag and let out an almighty scream of joy through the team audio system which was picked up by race broadcasters.
Webber was beaten to the first corner by Barrichello after winning his first ever pole position yesterday, and had to endure a bump by Hamilton of the McLaren team - though Hamilton came off the worse for wear with a punctured tyre, leaving him a lap down on the field by the time the Briton finished his race.
The Brawn drivers Barrichello and Jensen Button finished sixth and fifth respectively, and it could be argued technical hitches by Brawn handed Webber the victory. A particularly long 11-second second pit stop for Barrichello on the 27th lap when his pit crew had problems with the fuelling rig delivered the lead to Webber, along with some confusion by Barrichello over how many stops he was supposed to make.
Webber is the first Australian to win a GP race since Alan Jones in 1981 and only the third ever behind Jones and Jack Brabham.
1. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1:36:43.3102. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 9.2523. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 15.9064. Nico Rosberg (Williams) 21.0995. Jenson Button (Brawn) 23.6096. Rubens Barrichello (Brawn) 24.4687. Fernando Alonso (Renault) 24.8888. Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren) 58.6929. Timo Glock (Toyota) 1:01.45710. Nick Heidfeld (BMW) 1:01.92511. Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India) 1:02.32712. Kazuki Nakajima (Williams) 1:02.87613. Nelson Piquet (Renault) 1:08.32814. Robert Kubica (BMW) 1:09.55515. Adrian Sutil (Force India) 1:11.94116. Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) 1:30.22517. Jarno Trulli (Toyota) 1:30.97018. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1 lap behind19. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) did not finish20. Sebastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso) did not finish