Mark Webber says he wasn't surprised at the pace shown by Ferrari during qualifying for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, despite being disappointed at missing out on a front row start for only the third time this season.
The Red Bull driver, who won the German GP last season at the Nurburgring, had to settle for fourth on the grid after making a mistake on his final flying lap of the session with Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa between the Australian and pole-winning team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Webber insisted that he wasn't surprised at the pace shown by Ferrari and believes it won't be a flash in the pan – with the Australian having already tipped Alonso to impress next weekend in Hungary.
“They [Ferrari] were very quick in Silverstone,” he told the official F1 website. “I also think they will be very quick next week. When I went to my favourite local pub I told the people that the odds are good and that they should bet on Fernando winning in Budapest. Maybe I was wrong and he'll have won already here.”
Webber added that he himself had paid the price for his slight error in qualifying, when he ran wide at turn one and was forced to abort his lap.
The Australian was then handed a reprimand by stewards for exceeding the maximum time allowed while returning to the pits as he attempted to keep out of the way of drivers still on flying laps.
“I made a mistake on my last run,” he said. “It was a pretty tight qualifying up until then, but I got Turn One wrong and I paid the price for it. I maybe would have been on the front row and I obviously also lost third place too. For the first time in a long time I am not on the front row, but I am looking forward to the race.”