Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber maintains he is still in the hunt for the title, despite a disappointing result today in qualifying for Sunday's F1 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Webber will line-up fifth on the grid for the season finale tomorrow, behind all three of his championship rivals – and Jenson Button. But despite struggling the Aussie hasn't given up and he knows a lot could yet happy in the 55-lap race around the 3.451 mile Yas Marina Circuit.
“I'm not rapped to be fifth on the grid, it's disappointing, but there's still a long way to go tomorrow – the fat lady hasn't sung yet,” Webber insisted. “I would like to have been further up, but I couldn't get the pace.
"We need to be there at the end of tomorrow's race and a lot can still happen; I haven't helped things today, but the Championship's not decided today. I didn't seem to have the grip the other guys had and I need to have a look where I was losing time.
“We will just have to do the best job we can tomorrow, it's a long race – we're still in the hunt and that's the main thing.”
Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner meanwhile conceded that Webber has put himself on the back-foot.
"It's a shame for Mark he's not further up the grid," Horner told the BBC
. "Unfortunately for Mark it just hasn't come together for him. It looked like the second [flying] lap was probably the optimum lap, Sebastian got the job done on that lap, unfortunately, Mark has just lost out to Jenson by less than a tenth.
"We need a good start tomorrow, it's going to be a fascinating race. The job for Sebastian is to get his head down and get on with it, Mark has to get past Alonso, he certainly can't afford to finish behind him.
"So we need good pit work, good starts. We know we've got a good race car. The degradation on the option tyre, the soft tyre, is going to be the key factor, and it's something we looked pretty good at yesterday, so it's going to be a long race," he added.