Mark Webber has played down his impressive performance during the Chinese Grand Prix by insisting that he was 'just doing what I'm paid to do'.
The Red Bull driver had been forced to start the race from down in 18th place after a wrong call on tyres and the absence of a working KERS system saw him drop out of qualifying at the first stage.
However, come race day, the Australian was able to storm his way through the field to claim a place on the podium after making the most of an aggressive three-stop strategy and the extra soft tyres available that would previously have been used in the latter stages of qualifying.
Despite the stunning drive to third, Webber was quick to play down his own acheivements as he insisted he had just done the job he is paid to do, with much of the hard work coming from the team around him.
"I don't want to get into the business of saying whether or not it was one of my best drives; I was just doing what I'm paid to do,” he was quoted as telling Fox Sports
. "The car performed well, the guys did some good pitstops for me and I had to do a bit of driving as well.
"When I saw the car of my team-mate Sebastian Vettel ahead of me in the closing stages I initially thought it was one of the Toro Rossos! I'd been so focused on what I was doing that I hadn't asked for my position and I couldn't believe that I was only three seconds behind Seb, who'd started on pole position.”
Shanghai marked Webber's first podium finish of the season and he admitted that he was now keen to make further progress in the standings when F1 returns to European soil for the Turkish Grand Prix next month.
"There's still a long way to go in the championship," he said. "What I need in Turkey more than anything else is a clean weekend.
"Even though it's possible to overtake thanks to these new regulations, you don't want to be starting 18th every weekend."