July 7th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - In the German Grand Prix, Mark Webber did everything right, but was robbed of a chance to battle at the front when a mistake by the team at his first pistop saw his right-front wheel detach and bounce down the pitlane as he was leaving his pit box. The time lost pushing his car back to the Red Bull pit and re-attaching the tyre cost Webber a lap and totally destroyed his chances of fighting at the front.
The tyre that made a bid for freedom hit camerman Paul Allen of Britain who was standing in the pitlane, knocking him to the ground. He was taken to the medical centre conscious and appears to have escaped life-threatening injury, which is fortunate considering that Formula One tyres are heavy and the cars travel down the pitlane at 100km/h. Mark Webber expressed his concern about the incident after the race, saying, "I knew we had lost the tyre in the pit stop of course, but not that someone got hit by it. That’s bad and I hope he is okay, that’s the main thing."
Webber emerged from the pits a lap down, but was able to unlap himself during the safety car period that ensued when Jules Bianchi's stricken Marussia took a trip all by itself across the track after the Frenchman had abandoned it in flames. From that point on, Webber was fighting through the field from last place, and ended the race an impressive seventh, passing Sergio Perez on the very last lap.
It was not the German Grand Prix that Webber had been hoping for, as he explained: "Today was a bit of a nightmare and you want to wake up tomorrow and have another go at it. We had an excellent start and were in a great position leading up to the first stop with Seb, but we lost all of that. We lost a lot of points today and a chance to challenge for the win, but there’s no rewind button now.”