Mark Webber has admitted that his team-mate Sebastian Vettel 'deserved' to win the F1 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.
Webber, who started second, trailed Vettel from lights to flag, but at no point did he look like being able to overtake the German. The Aussie eventually had to settle for 'silver', but he wasn't too disappointed, as P2 was still good enough to see him further extend his lead in the drivers' championship.
He will now go to Korea in two weeks time, for the 17th round in the championship, with a 14-point cushion over Fernando Alonso and Vettel, who have both scored 206 points.
Speaking at the finish, Webber added that qualifying was what cost him, the 0.068 second difference between the two Red Bull's eventually proving crucial.
“Sebastian had an extra half tenth this morning [in qualifying] and pole position is a nice thing to have on the chess board going into this race,” Webber said. “Ultimately qualifying was important, but I'm happy with how I drove today.
“I couldn't have got a great deal more out of the car. I wasn't that happy with the set-up on Friday, but the guys did a good job to get it back to a place where I was happier.
“I pushed Sebastian in the race – we pulled away on the soft tyre in the first stint and I was comfortable on the hard tyre after my stop
“It was a formation finish and a one-two for the team; it's a great result for us in the Constructors' Championship and a good result for me in the Drivers'. Sebastian deserved the victory today, I'm happy.”
Renault's principal track engineer at RBR, Fabrice Lom, meanwhile added: “It's a perfect result for us, a one-two finish – 43 points – it's the jackpot and really great.
“Mark's extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship and we have pulled away in the Constructors'. We now have to try and maintain the gap on the leaderboard until the end of the season.
“We only have three races to go, so we really need to focus on these last races and give our best, Championship-winning chances like this do not come along very often, so we will push!”