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Webber claims maiden F1 victory

NURBURGRING, July 13 – Mark Webber secured his maiden Formula One victory and Australia's first since 1981 when he led team-mate Sebastian Vettel home in a triumphant one-two for the Red Bull team in Sunday's German Grand Prix.MARK_WEBBERWebber, in his 130th F1 race after eight years in the sport, started from his first pole position and overcame a drive-through penalty for a first lap collision on his way to a spectacular win at the circuit in the Eifel mountains.

The 32-year-old driver from Queanbeyan, in New South Wales, came home 9.3 seconds clear of Vettel as he raced to a victory that threw the fight for the world championship wide open.

Webber is third in the title race with 45.5 points behind leader Briton Jenson Button on 68 points and Vettel on 47. Brazilian Rubens Barrichello has 44 points and is fourth.

"It’s incredible," he said. "I wanted to win so badly after Silverstone. The only thing I thought could beat me was the rain. I lost Rubens completely off the start and banged into him.

"It’s not normally my style, so I had to take a drive-through and recover from that. It’s a great day for me. It was a difficult winter, but I had great people around me and I thank them all."

Vettel said: "Mark was unbeatable. I’m very happy with the result. It was quite a good recovery from quite a bad start."

The two Red Bulls finished first and second ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa of Brazil, who grabbed his first podium finish of the year, with German Nico Rosberg fourth for Williams.

Button battled through to finish fifth ahead of team-mate Barrichello, the Brawn pair resisting a late charge from two-times world champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Renault.

Finn Heikki Kovalainen came home eighth for McLaren Mercedes.

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Defending world champion Briton Lewis Hamilton finished 18th and last after a hot-headed attack on the opening lap saw him involved in a collision with Webber’s Red Bull that cost him a puncture.

Webber bashed into Barrichello’s car on the run from the start to the first corner, a collision for which he was punished with his drive-through penalty, but he overcame that with a dazzling drive to victory.

Barrichello, who led at the end of the first lap, could not believe that his team tactics cost him not only a victory, but a podium position. Asked what went wrong, he said: "I guess the strategy… it was a good show from the team on how to lose a race today.

"I’m terribly upset with the way things went. I did all I had to do. I went first on the first corner and then they made me lose the race. If it is really what’s going on, we’re going to end up losing both championships.

"I feel sorry for myself, the team. To be very honest, I wish I could get on the plane and go home. I don’t want to talk to anyone in the team. It will be all ‘blah, blah, bla,’ and I don’t want to hear that."

Watched by his father Alan, a motor cycle dealer in Australia, Webber romped to a triumph that ended Australia’s long wait for another winner since Alan Jones won at Las Vegas in the 1981 United States Grand Prix.

As he completed his final lap, Webber screamed with joy: "Yeah, yeh, yeh." he screeched aloud. "Oh yes. You beauty! Yes." And his team-boss Christian Horner said: "Mark Webber – you are a Grand Prix winner. Well done. You did it!"

On a much warmer day, under a cloudy sky, the race started with high drama when Webber, from his first pole position, was marginally slower off the line than Barrichello and steered to his right to bump cars and push the Brazilian towards the barriers.

It was a solid knock, but not enough to slow the Brawn car which pulled away to lead into the first corner ahead of the Australian while another spectacular incident saw Hamilton flying off the track.

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The defending champion, from fifth, applied his KERS to pass almost everyone into the Castrol S curve, but out-braked himself in a vain attack to stay on the circuit. In the process, he collided with part of the left-front wing of Webber’s Red Bull and picked up a right rear puncture.

This impetuosity, in effect, ended Hamilton’s race as he was forced back to the pits, from 20th and last, for new rubber – swapping his super-softs for a harder compound.

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18 Comments

  1. Wariyaahe

    October 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Raila has been instrumental to the Following in Northern Kenya.

    1. The Ministry of Northern Kenya (Although Money was not assigned by those guys at the Treasury)
    2. The Opening of Ifo 2 Camp for the refugees from Somalia when they were in need of assistance during the Last drought and famine( albeit when others were watching from their LCD screens)
    3. 3 of the ODM Nominated MP’s, two were given to Muslims, Sofia and Sheikh Dor
    4. 3 Assistant Ministers (One for Moyale, One for Duale and another for Mandera)
    5. The assurance we got on Wagalla and Garissa massacres
    6. The appointment of capable Somalis who have the capacity to work in his own backyard.( I am sure he will have given them the opportunity if he becomes a preso.

    Done………..

    • Kwessi Pratt

      October 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      @Wariyaabe: Thank you so much pal. I have said over and over that he brought al shaababs to our door step. How and when did he create ministry of Northern Kenya?
      Sheikh Dor is no longer in Odinga’s good books. appointment of Assistant ministers is not a favor at all. How many ministers are from his community? Brother VP Kalonzo Musyoka had only two slots each for ministers and nominated Mps. He gave one ministerial slot to Pokots and all nominated slots went to other communities, Ms Abdalla of Lamu and Affey of Wajir! Does that say something to you and about the man? Wagalla massacre, sorry to say, is a circus that will never end. It was not the work of Raila,it was Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. Which Somalis have been appointed by Raila? Good to live in dream world anyway, it gives false bliss!

      • wariyaahe

        November 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        My freind, you don’t anything about Muslims or Somalis… Somalis are a tribe in Kenya just like Gikuyu, Merus, Kambas or luos. If you check the 2010 population census, Somalis are now no. 6 after Kambas…We are more than merus and Kisiis…North eastern is one big vast land…we are 26 million in total and we know how to play our SIASA….This time, we are looking at president RAILA……Get it…

        • Kwessi Pratt

          November 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

          @wariyaahe: You havent challenged my facts, or answered questions. But one thing I know for sure is that Somalis are smart people. They know where you can get water without any shred of problem. However, they wont chase a long dried well against all their conventional wisdom!

  2. baraza

    October 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    The downward spiral is gathering momentum and will end in resounding thud in early 2013.
    – Raila Odinga President ODM
    2 – Ruth Odinga Kisumu governor
    3 – Oburu Odinga senator
    4 – Jaoko Odinga MP Bon
    do ( inheritable position )
    5 – Fidel Oding
    a MP In waiting
    This is the immediate family then we have individuals who forced Hon. Gitobu Imanyara to step away from ODM because they are closer to the Prime Minister like Caroli Omondi. If this is a reformer,kenyans must be doomed!!
    Only in Kenya can we entertain such nonsense, why would anyone join a family organisations claiming to be a political party? Hence why only paid MPs are left in this Nyanza operation and they too will leave when the time allows.Baraza

    • ORealist

      October 30, 2012 at 1:00 am

      But why not! are they not kenyans to participate in our wonderful democracy? You don’t expect RAO to dish them positions – Do YOU?

      • Kwessi Pratt

        October 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

        @ORealist: They are only Kenyans when we want to cover Raila’s tribalism. Its that simple! Who has been singing Kikuyu…Kikuyu………Kikuyu all the time?

  3. Murugi Murai

    October 30, 2012 at 7:55 am

    That Rt Hon Raila Amollo Odinga is a talented politician can be of no
    doubt but to tout that he has the ability to lead this country based on
    promissory rhetoric is irresponsible. Are we really supposed to be
    impressed that he has made promises to change things, to be the
    difference in this country’s future? this is par for the course in
    political campaigns. That he has done this a little bit better than
    other vying candidates by doing nothing more than regurgitating what is
    water cooler discussions by the Kenyan masses using deliberately vague
    yet impressive sounding statements (what exactly does “to shake trees”
    mean) and no concrete steps on how precisely he intends to implement
    these changes, speaks of his underestimation of the intelligence of the
    voter, and us as voters listening and endorsing without first choosing
    to understand and question. As a leader in this current government his
    track record to lead my country, our country should be questioned by all
    means if you feel he has done a wonderful job feel free to vote if not
    it is your duty as a responsible citizen of this country to question
    why.

    • Kwessi Pratt

      October 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      @Murugi Murai: Am in total agreement! PM Raila has been our worst case scenario. He just rolls out well-sounding set of words and then tells Kenyans thats it! He never walks the talk. There is nothing to show for his 5 years as most powerful PM ever. He has not even contributed a single idea to the nation. He actually wasted most time complaining about toilets, carpets and waging childish protocol wars against VP Kalonzo Musyoka. Obviously, he believed president Kibaki short-changed him by appointing Kalonzo. Thats why he attempted to show that vice presidency was nothing. Talk of disguised wicked opportunism. However, his cowardice that once helped him flee the country in a veil, wont allow him to face the appointing authority. Infact, his attacks on Kalonzo during shuttle diplomacy was indeed premised on that legendary escapist cowardice! That he 601,000/= for hotel room per night almost the same time never mattered.

      Surely, if PM Raila was a serious leader, the country would be awash with his purported reforms. But he is NOT! Thats why he is willing to apologize to Kalenjins for sake of votes and for unknown crimes. I thought Hon. Ruto and other brothers laid down their reasons for parting ways him very clearly? The guy is now realizing that his career is built on a quicksand! But since honesty has never come anywhere near him, he has to beat about the bush. He has also mischieviously helped to instill illogical defiance and indiscipline in the country. His selfish run arounds against the presidency has reallly impacted negatively on populace. If he were to be elected president – God forbid!, the country would enter an era of instability or be faced ruthless dictatorship. The guy cant hold decently for no more than a few months!

  4. Kwessi Pratt

    October 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

    If there is any one driven by grievance politics, then that person should be PM Raila. Of course, we know how he cried when brother Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka was appointed VP. He even threatened to withdraw from any talks by asking “if president Kibaki has appointed VP, someone with less than a million votes, what are we going to negotiate about?” While opportunism, which he was later to accuse the VP of, was all there, it must be noted that in the old order, appointment of a VP including that of his father had nothing to do with votes. To top it up, he went a head to “criminalize” passing in between! Needless to say, VP Kalonzo had along stated his strategy. But ever consumed by pride and ridicule, Raila and his folks just laughed it off. His mass action that turned in to mass murder, was actually accelerated by those grievances.
    PM Raila is the most tribalized person in the history of this country. He is the one who has mischieviously converted big tribal numbers to political clout and achievement of sorts. He has also used tribal loyalties to attempt to fashion his image, if not fashion national opinion in his favor. That he has done through his numerous kinsmen in the media. Infact, only the other day, some senior editor used a whole half page to question VP Kalonzo’s refusal to armtwist or bribe his chairman to stay in his Wiper party! He even gave examples of those who could fight. Of course, what the senior editor illogically meant was that if you cant corrupt, you dont have the fighting spirit! No wonder every day Kenyans are bombarded with his meaningless tribal speeches. Infact, today (30/10/2012) all papers have splashed his fake apology to Kalenjins. However, that was done while his backyard city, Kisumu, was on fire and he never uttered a word about. Apparently, what seems to be a political murder perpetuated by opponents of the deceased in Odm had taken place.
    Raila is the one responsible for inflaming tribal grievances that are not supposed to be there. His pronouncements that are geared to incite and create hatred are legendary. For instance, his so called landgrabbing yellings are meant to incite the poor against the rich. Thats simply because there is no way one can grab land in Kenya. The national procedure used in acquiring land is too watertight. Those who own property know it very well. And in any case, if one cant grab land in the village where mostly there are no tittles, how would you walk in to urban centre or city and claim some piece of land? Raila’s so called land reform is thus no here or there. His understanding on some of these things are too low if his pronouncements are anything to go by.

    Raila’s plans for youth are well known indeed! They are supported by plunder of Kazi Kwa Vijana Funds. Then we are told that money was used to fuel government vehicles, as though there is no established procedure to do that. That position is quickly changed once the number of vehicles that can be fueled with kind of money involved becomes too large. Fictitious error and none error excuses are cooked up. But that wont do. Eventually fake World Bank statement did the trick. Indeed your man must be a genius in youth affairs!
    Thika highway has nothing to do with Raila. The bypass that caused him to destroy houses had nothing to with the highway. It led to somewhere else. I guess, this is another false feat added to many! It goes along way in reinforcing his false constitution “giver” status. Also his supposed struggle for multiparty while in reality, he was in jail for failed tribal coup in the entire period Kenyans were agitating for pluralism, caps it all. Your man is of many fake feathers indeed!

    Raila’s health care scheme is another unescapable feat. Fake clinics took off with all the money. But his cronies are attempting to force Kenyans to give more. Boards are disbanded right and left in a futile attempt to fool Kenyans. Infact, Nyong’s political science degree has become unmatchable. In his thievery ways, of course urged on by his admiring boss, Nyong’ sees Kenyans like hopeless play tools. Thats indeed the best healthcare scheme for the weak and vulnerable in Raila’s pland.

  5. john

    October 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Team Raila is the one talking to Ruto who was opposing the new constitution

    • Kwessi Pratt

      October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      @john: The so called team Raila is not talking to brother Hon. Ruto. Its going down on its knees to beg him to join them. The numbers have hopelessly dwindled! And brother Ruto was not opposed to constitution at all. He just wanted KUPIGA MSASA BEFORE passage. These other lines came from drunkards and conmen trying to create space for themselves. Apparently to claim ownership, if not to acquire giver status for the document! Wake up Mr. John dont believe what merchants of deceit say! Its twisted to fashion some fellow.

    • Fabian

      November 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      elders are not Ruto,

  6. carsema

    November 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Ngunjiri will do anything for money. Our beloved Prime Minister, Hon Raila Odinga deserves a better salesman. Regrettable that the only persons he finds to sell his candidature in Central Kenya are the likes of Ngunjiri, Maina Njenga, Charles Njonjo, Stano Githunguri et al… Must find the PM a good marketer in Central Kenya. this individuals are pariahs and reinforce the fear and negative propaganda about you in Mt. Kenya region.

  7. Fabian

    November 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    this is the best news ever of all the presidential candidates. lets also have what the others intend to do plus also what they did with their current responsibilities.

  8. The seer

    November 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    The writer has no idea of how a country should be. Thus has no idea of what leadership is.
    Any leader that has spent more than 30 minutes in total in their career addressing jokes, parables, vitendawilis, 2bit stories and other irrelevant issues to people the live in slums, Africas largest, should not be a leader.
    The kenyan coup killed hundreds. Raila was one of the accused, one of those that put million of kenyans at risk.
    You can go ahead and plunge us deeper into typical African poverty caused by idiotic leaders. You can do that by either voting for raila or by writing these derailing articles.

    • Ben Asira

      January 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      the seer, wivu ni mbaya nani

  9. ANTHONY HENRI

    May 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    You wasted your vote man,pole sana…..boss kuwa mjanja zoea kusoma barua ikiwa ndani ya bahasha

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