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.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.