Red Bull pulled a trump card to supply Mark Webber with a cunning strategy to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Webber unleashed one of his finest drives to seize the victory over Fernando Alonso, denying the Ferrari driver a third win in 2012 while Sebastien Vettel finished third.
It was the second time Webber has won the British GP and his second win this season after his Monaco triumph.
Webber was ordered to start on the soft tyres while Alonso, who occupied pole position next to the Australian on the grid started on the harder Pirellis.
The call by Red Bull to use and loose the soft tyres as soon as possible was the perfect poker hand as Webber pitted on lap 15.
Ferrari shadowed the move a lap later with Alonso receiving a second set of new hard tyres but that ultimately forced him to last his final stint on soft tyres which left him a sitting duck.
Alonso held sway mid-race, forging out a cosy lead but his time in the sun would ultimately come to an end when he pitted on lap 38.
As the laps ticked over Webber was taking large chunks out of Alonso’s lead, principally doing the damage through the fast Becketts and Maggots sweepers with his front grip proving far superior to the Ferrari.
Vettel used the same tyre sequence as Webber, starting on the softs, however the team was forced to change his pit strategy in the early laps.
The German double world champion was caught in a traffic jam caused by Michael Schumacher who was holding down third position and was summoned to his first stop on lap 11.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean had an early visit to his pit on lap three to replace his damaged front wing after being involved in the intense jockeying for positions in the opening laps.
Grosjean then staged a massive rearguard action to claw his way back and finish sixth, one position behind his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Alonso’s embattled team-mate Felipe Massa finished fourth in an inspired drive that started with his persistence to finally overtake Schumacher for third after a dozen laps.
There was no joy for Lewis Hamilton who started on the hard compound rubber and had a brief run on soft tyres for seven laps around mid-race but he struggled for pace during his final stint on hards and finished eighth.
Alonso hangs onto his lead in the Championship and moves to 129 with Webber closing on 116 while Vettel is third on 100.
Sergio Perez’s raced ended when he was involved in an incident with the controversial Pastor Maldonado after turning a little more than a dozen laps when the Williams driver made another awkward, rookie error.
It was the second time in the space of a few races Maldonado has been involved in a crash with Perez after their coming together in Monaco.
Perez berated the Venezuelan, who has received several penalties for driving misdemeanours, when interviewed in the pits by calling the Williams wildman “a stupid and dangerous driver”.
Scot Paul Di Resta became the first casualty, retiring after a handful of laps following damage to the floor of his Force India after cutting a rear tyre on the opening tour.
|1||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||52||Winner||2||25|
|2||5||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||52||+3.0 secs||1||18|
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||52||+4.8 secs||4||15|
|4||6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||52||+9.5 secs||5||12|
|5||9||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||52||+10.3 secs||6||10|
|6||10||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||52||+17.1 secs||9||8|
|7||7||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes||52||+29.1 secs||3||6|
|8||4||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||52||+36.4 secs||8||4|
|9||19||Bruno Senna||Williams-Renault||52||+43.3 secs||13||2|
|10||3||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||52||+44.4 secs||16||1|
|11||14||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari||52||+45.3 secs||17|
|12||12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||52||+47.8 secs||14|
|13||16||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||52||+51.2 secs||12|
|14||17||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||52||+53.3 secs||23|
|15||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||52||+57.3 secs||11|
|16||18||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||51||+1 Lap||7|
|17||20||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham-Renault||51||+1 Lap||19|
|18||24||Timo Glock||Marussia-Cosworth||51||+1 Lap||20|
|19||25||Charles Pic||Marussia-Cosworth||51||+1 Lap||24|
|20||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||50||+2 Laps||21|
|21||23||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||50||+2 Laps||22|
|Ret||15||Sergio Perez||Sauber-Ferrari||11||+41 Laps||15|
|Ret||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||2||+50 Laps||10|