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Mark Webber: There have been quite a few emotions over the last couple of weeks; when you come so close to the top and just miss out, it's a shame.

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber was left bitterly disappointed after missing out on the F1 2010 drivers' title today in Abu Dhabi.

The Aussie was in a good position at the start of the weekend, just eight points behind Fernando Alonso. However after only qualifying fifth, things went from bad to worse in the race and he eventually finished in eighth – a decision to stop for tyres on lap 11 just adding to his woe and dropping him further out of contention.

Indeed overall it was a race to forget for the popular 34-year-old and he was understandably pretty downbeat at the chequered flag.

“It was a big day and we had the chance to do something incredibly unique, but in the end it didn't turn out for us,” Webber lamented.

“Earlier in the race we knew we had to roll the dice and go for it with the strategy, but it left us exposed and Fernando covered us. I tried my absolute hardest and we did everything we could, but in the end it wasn't enough.

“You've got to take your hat off to Sebastian [Vettel – my team-mate though], he's done a great job all year and to lead the Championship at the last race, he's got the timing right and I fully congratulate him on the World Championship.

“I was in with a chance of winning the Championship until the last race, so I must have been doing something right and in the end there are a lot of positives.

“I feel I have driven very well for most of the season and that's the most important thing to me. This weekend didn't turn out and it's a shame, but it's a good time to reflect in the next few weeks and look back at the highs and the lows but that's the way the sport is sometimes.

“There have been quite a few emotions over the last couple of weeks; when you come so close to the top and just miss out, it's a shame, but I tried my absolute hardest and I have great guys around me.

“I think two championships for the team is not bad and I'll be fighting again next season.”


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Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
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pukka - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 8:18 PM

The better man won today but imo Webber improves his image with that heartfelt congrats to his teammate. It's a bitter pill to swallow but Webber is known as one of the F1 hardmen and if RBR delivers next season he will be a hard man to beat. That said Vettel is still developing and imo still underestimated... it will be very interesting next season.

tian647 - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 7:37 PM

Every driver has streaks of good fortune and Mark's run through the middle of the season set him up well for the finale but ultimately faded and let him down at the checkers. Good effort though and if nothing else he sucked Alo into an early pit stop that effectively gave Vet the title. Regardless of whether RBR could have or would have given him more support through the season he put in a lot of strong performances that underscore why he still has a contract, and I hope next year his resolve and the RB7 are up for another good fight.



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