F1 »

Webber overlooked in Vettel title hype.


Mark Webber has made the point that he is still very much in the F1 world title fight, despite the post-race hype at Silverstone focusing on Red Bull Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel's pursuit of Jenson Button over the second half of the season.

The Australian admitted that his chances of winning the British Grand Prix had largely evaporated when he was only able to secure the third fastest time in Saturday's qualifying session, but insisted that, just because Vettel had been the man of the moment, it did not mean that he was no longer a factor in the championship race.

"I'm out there and, yeah, I'm very happy with my performances so far this year," he claimed, having remained just 3.5 points behind his much-vaunted team-mate after their 1-2 result, "I'm getting some pretty good results, and I've had very consistent Sunday afternoons.

"We know that Saturday is crucial in terms of how tight it is between the four of us, and especially in the last few events, but I'm still very confident that I can haul some good points in the future. Whether it's enough to be consistently ahead of these guys remains to be seen, but it doesn't take much to turn things round, so I'm looking forward to Nürburgring and then Budapest. There are some good races coming up which will test us again but, yeah, I'm looking forward to it."

As well as being unable to match Vettel in the opening stages of the race while he was bottled up behind Rubens Barrichello, Webber also reported minor problems with his RB5, although he denied that they had been enough to cost him a shot at victory.

"I had to use a different rev profile for the lap, so we needed to use different gears in different corners, but it wasn't a gearbox problem," he explained, "It's always a new challenge for the driver to work out exactly what the engineers want you to do - and then they said 'don't do that too long because now the engine's getting another problem,' so we had a few little things bubbling away. I'm sure I'll find out a bit more about it later, but it was a case of me getting the car home, [although] it didn't really affect [the result]."

Instead, Webber - a renowned single lap expert - preferred to focus on the disappointment of qualifying, when he was held up by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen during his final flying lap and could only take third on the grid, with Barrichello between himself and Vettel.

"Rubens is quite experienced and I knew that he was doing the best he could," he mused, "It's very hard to get close at Silverstone, so it was a question of me saving fuel and just making sure I jumped him at the first stop. Obviously, it was disappointing to see Sebastian disappearing because I knew how important that situation in qualifying was which happened to me, but I don't think I could have got much more out of today.

"I said before the race [that] the first race was with Rubens and, if that [ends] quite quickly, then maybe I can have a race with Sebastian. If my first stint was behind Rubens, then Sebastian was going to have a boring race, and that turned out to be the case. He had quite a straightforward afternoon and so did I in the end. There was no way, ever, given how close we are, that I was ever going to close 20 seconds in two stints - it was never going to happen.

"I'm actually happy with what I got out of today. Sebastian deserves to win today, so we'll take it to another day. I'm looking forward to my day when I can jump into the seat next to me [in the press conference]."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull RB5, British F1, Silverstone, 19th-21st, June, 2009
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
27.11.2016 - Race,Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H  leads Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31 off trach and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 spins
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
27.11.2016 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H leads Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Racing Lover - Unregistered

June 22, 2009 2:38 PM

@Graeme : I'm very clear on the fact that STR and RBR last year were using exactly the same designed chassis built by Newey. The only difference at that time was the engine. I thought it was caused by a much more Ferrari engine compared to Renault. But this year RBR has proven that Renault engine is also one of the strongest engine on track. So, what is the difference? The difference is, RBR car this year has been built based on winter testing inputs. And thanks to Vettel who has put a lot of miles of testing when Webbo were recovering his injury. Newey has built the cars since last year for STR and RBR, and still the question is, why Vettel is able to win three races when Webbo is not



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.