Webber relishing Spanish GP’s “brilliant atmosphere”

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The Spanish Grand Prix may have come under fire in recent years for failing to produce some classic racing, but Mark Webber is looking forward to returning to the site of his 2010 win in Barcelona next weekend.

“I qualified on pole and it was a race which I controlled from the front,” Webber explained in a team statement. “I pulled a gap from Sebastian then Lewis was behind me and put a little bit of pressure on me in the middle of the race, but he had a mechanical failure towards the end.

“It’s rewarding because we do some much testing there, so it’s good to go there and get a nice result.

“I threw my race helmet into the crowd as a present for the fans.”

Quite whether Webber’s gesture won him any friends in Spain is unknown, but the Red Bull driver is pleased to be returning to Europe after four races in Australasia.

“It’s a nice time to be racing in Europe with the weather generally and it’s a good atmosphere.”

Webber has endured a run of bad luck in recent races, and he has slipped 35 points behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship. However, if the Australian could repeat his wins in Spain and Monaco from 2010, he may be back in the hunt for the title.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)