Webber savours unexpected victory

Mark Webber conceded luck was on his side during the Hungarian Grand Prix after taking a commanding victory on Sunday

Webber savours unexpected victory

The Australian, starting from second but losing the place to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso at the start, benefited from a safety car period to take the lead and then put on a superb performance in the middle stint to emerge ahead of his rivals after his mandatory pitstop.

Before that, Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel looked set for victory, before the German was penalised for leaving too big a gap between himself and the Australian during the safety car period.

"A bit of a gift for me today, I haven't had many but I will take it. Tough luck for Seb," said Webber, who scored his fourth win of the season.

"It's an incredible day for the team. A one-two was our goal but unfortunately we didn't get that, but still a big chunk of points."

The win allowed the Australian to move into the championship lead once again, four points ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

Despite his championship situation, Webber said the team is staying cautious.

"To maximise your opportunities is always good, irrespective of what happens to our rivals," he said. "We are not getting ahead of ourselves. There are some big races coming up, all different challenges for us and technically for the cars.

"It's nice to have a few more points than other people but we are not getting ahead of us ourselves."

Webber admitted he was not expecting to win the race judging by how the start of the first laps unfolded, but he said it was not easy victory.

"Unless Seb had a technical problem, he was on pole, he was leading the first stint and unless he mad a mistake it was probably his race," Webber said. "Second was on the cards and I could get it but this is racing and sometimes it happens.

"Most of my other victories have not been gifted to me. Seb lost two positions and in the constructors' we lost some point, but I am not complaining - you have to take them when you get them. I still had to do the job today. Not easy to get it right."

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