Red Bull’s Mark Webber was ‘stoked’ after taking his first win of the season today at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, but admitted it felt like the longest grand prix he had ever raced.
Webber led the Spanish GP from start-to-finish and was never really troubled after he held on to P1 into the first corner.
He then pulled away and eventually took the laurels by 24 seconds. It was the third win of his F1 career, and unlike his triumphs last season at the Nurburgring and Interlagos, it was a pretty straightforward affair.
“Today was a special day, no doubt about it and I’m very happy to capitalise on the pole position,” Webber said. “It’s an aggressive run in to turn one with the slip stream and the big head wind and I knew the guys would be arriving in the braking zone, so I needed to be very precise with everything into there. I had that covered and then settled into the race.
“I was very happy with how the first stint went and I had a nice clean pit stop. Everything went my way today, it was very good. It felt like the longest grand prix I’ve ever done, though! With the other victories there has been a bit more going on as I wasn’t always in the lead, but today was all about watching the lap board go down and my god, it just takes forever!
“It was so good to get the victory, I’m just stoked, absolutely over the moon. We had a good set up and the car felt good. It’s a credit to all the guys, they worked like hell both in the garage and in the factory, they buried themselves in the last two weeks.”