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Webber says three-stop strategy cost his best finish in Hungarian GP

Mark Webber admitted that the world champion expects front runners adapt three stops strategy in Hungarian Grand Prix.

Webber made a fantastic start at Hungarian Grand Prix at Budapest, and he hold fifth place but the Red Bull’s calculations cost the Australians better finish after his third and final pit-stop fall down him to eighth place behind the Bruno Senna.

But he is still in second on the drivers’ championship 40 points behind the leader Fernando Alonso Webber today added just four points and also finished behind Alonso.

“I think we were hoping people would be in a bit more trouble at the end with the tyres. That’s where we lost the three positions. Fifth place was there,” said Webber after the Hungarian GP.

“I was thinking of staying out. Obviously we had a nice cushion and laptimes were going pretty well, but it’s always hard to know.

“We’ve had plenty of incidents this year where people drop off the cliff [of tyre performance]. In the end, the strategy didn’t really work out. We lost three places through trying something different.

“Also overtaking’s very difficult, so you need bad tyres for the other guys and a good run in the last sector. I was quicker but couldn’t get the job done.”

But the same strategy Red Bull adapted his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, he not fall down from the race position, optimistically he hardly push Grosjean in final session of race and finished fourth place.

“I was just following Romain [Grosjean] around and trying to do something different in the end, I think, was the right thing,” said Vettel.

“It was marginal coming out ahead of Fernando [Alonso], but it was good. It could’ve been a different story. Their tyres could have gone off. We did everything we could.”

“We’ve got work to do,” Webber admitted. “We’ve had a little bit of friendly fire with ourselves. Yesterday was down to me. But we still have good points and it’s still open for the rest of the year.

“Obviously Fernando grabbed a few more today. It was a disappointing grand prix. I risked quite a bit on the first lap and managed to get some things back, but in the end it didn’t quite work out for us today.”


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