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Webber relieved to take podium finish.

Despite being beaten into third place in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, F1 championship challenger Mark Webber insists that he - and the Red Bull team - are happy to see both McLaren and Ferrari in the hunt for podium finishes.

Whether the Hungaroring proves to be something of a mirage for F1's two biggest names remains to be seen, but neither eventual winner Lewis Hamilton or runner-up Kimi Raikkonen had to worry about Webber once they has disposed of the Red Bull driver in the first part of the race.

Hamilton, having been rebuffed by the Australian into turn one on the opening lap, replied by passing him around the outside of turn two three laps later, while Raikkonen capitalised on a rare slip-up in RBR's pit-stop routine to snatch what would become second spot. Webber, however, was grateful to secure a healthy dose of points on another day when title rival Jenson Button's Brawn GP team struggled with its tyres - and RBR team-mate Sebastian Vettel suffered a suspension problem and retired.

"If we win and make it very, very boring, it's great for us but, in the end, to be honest, I think it was a good day for the sport," Webber, who moved into second in the championship, revealed, "Lewis is back and Ferrari are back and that's what Red Bull likes - we love racing these guys and fighting hard against them.

"We knew they would come back. I think we expected to be a little bit quicker after our running on Friday but, to be honest, we knew these guys would be around us. It was a pretty difficult venue for us, and we knew that we didn't have the advantage, maybe, that we had in the last few events. All in all, I am pretty happy to get the result we did."

Webber admitted that he could have possibly have challenged for second place had he not made a conservative call on tyres, but acknowledged that he was now in a title fight and could not afford to take too many risks.

"In the first stint, I wasn't really worried about Fernando [Alonso], because we knew how short he was, but I was very, very concerned about my tyres," he confirmed, "It started off well, and then, in the middle of the stint, I was trying to nurse them, making sure that I didn't lose too much time. I think we had a better chance to fight Kimi if maybe I'd chosen a different tyre, but that was my call. I was worried about how long the length of the stint was, and it was quite difficult to know which tyre to put on."

Similarly, the Australian admitted that he did not choose to give Hamilton too much opposition when challenged by the world champion on lap four.

"With the head wind and KERS, the slipstream was working very well," he revealed, "We could have fought a lot harder and risked a bit more, but there was no real point. I thought of not letting him go, but Lewis was pretty quick. I thought that he wasn't going to hold me up at all, so that was, in a way, a bit of a relief. And Lewis thoroughly deserved to win. McLaren did a great job today."




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XHannahX

July 27, 2009 11:31 PM

Coming back to the angling for a drive, Webber has just signed a contract for next year. :) Webber is a true racer and, like he said in Germany, would rather score a deserved win to one which was lucked into. That is why he is 'welcoming' Ferrari and McLaren back, not only to congratulate them for the huge steps they have taken, but also because he now knows he's going to have to fight in every race. :D COME ON MARK WEBBER!!! :D



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