Mark Webber: “It probably looks quite clumsy…”

An awful weekend for Mark Webber in China was topped off by a three-place grid penalty for Bahrain following his collision with Jean-Eric Vergne

After his qualifying penalty Webber opted to start from the pits, and he did one lap on the soft tyres before abandoning them, leaving him with mediums for the duration.

He was making good progress when he made contact with Vergne. After a stop for a new nose his right rear wheel came adrift, which led to retirement and a fine for the team for an unsafe release.

“Obviously from the pitlane you’re always up against it, but in the end the first part of the race wasn’t going too bad,” he said. “We managed to pick some people off, and work the first part of the strategy not too bad, and that was going to plan.

“Unfortunately the contact with Jean-Eric wasn’t part of the plan, it wasn’t race ending, and I could still get the car back to the pits, and it was not too far off the strategy.

“There was a bit of damage to the front wing, so we had to change that. We had a pit stop which we thought went smoothly, and we have to look at why the rear tyre came off the car.”

Webber believed that the Toro Rosso driver was giving him room, even though they were battling for position.

“I thought Jean-Eric was being very, very co-operative initially, on the braking I thought that’s fair enough, we’ll roll round there together, he’s going to give me some room. But then he came down and I couldn’t get out of it at that point. It probably looks quite clumsy, I haven’t seen it obviously, but it was disappointing that we made contact.”

Regarding his recent run of problems, he said: “When you get a little bit in the shit, then the shit can keep on coming. If we had a smooth qualifying, it makes the race a little bit more straightforward. But in the end you start from the pitlane, you can still get something from there, which clearly was the target, and everything was going completely on target until we had contact with Jean-Eric.”


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2 responses to “Mark Webber: “It probably looks quite clumsy…”

  1. GeorgeK

    Mark had all of the bad luck this weekend, with the exception of his collision with Vergne. He tried forcing his way into a place where there was no room and he was no where near able to make a pass in that instance.

    Poor judgement on his part and deserving more than a 3 grid penalty next week.

  2. SuperSwede

    I really feel sorry for Mark!

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