June.26 – The Australian F1 veteran Mark Webber says he was very, very happy with how the race was going – and it was my fault basically. Webber finished in third position, at the back team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, after settle on to pit before the Spanish driver in his final stop. The move did not pay off and Alonso, who was right in front of Webber before the pitstop, managed to make his stop and open a 17-second gap in the end.
And the Red Bull driver Mark Webber admitted it was his mistake to pit when he did, a decision he reckons cost him second.
“I think we should have [finished second] but in the end we didn’t,” said Webber. “It was probably my best race of the year, to be honest. It was quite close with all three of us. We were trying to manage tyres. I was very, very happy with how the race was going – and it was my fault basically. I was right about Fernando coming underneath me in the stop and did not know how th medium would perform on the out lap. That is the risk I decided to take – we lost out.
“My fault to miss second today. All of us nip and tuck. In the end the gearbox was playing up. We had massive gap to McLaren so could cruise to the end. I think we saw today was the closest I’ve been for a while. I am getting better, up until the last 15 per cent that is the way it goes. It’s fine line racing against those guys. I am happy with my performance and I will come back better at the next race.”
Webber was encouraged by his own performance and has vowed to be stronger in the next race.
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