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Webber threw helmet into crowd after Spain win

Mark Webber celebrated his commanding Barcelona win from pole position by making a gift to the ranks of Spanish spectators.

After standing on the scales in parc ferme, the Australian rushed across the front straight of the Circuit de Catalunya and threw his distinctive blue, red and yellow helmet into the grandstand.

The gesture paled in comparison to local MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo’s fully leathered and helmeted leap into a Jerez pond recently.

But 33-year-old Webber said: “I had said to some people that when I win a race this year I’ll do something different.

“So it was nice to give the fans a gift because they don’t always get the best treatment in formula one,” he told reporters.

The Red Bull driver will be wearing a new helmet for the traditionally early start to practice in Monaco later this week.

“Unfortunately I can’t get too drunk now because we’re at the track again on Wednesday in Monaco,” said Webber.