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Webber: Intermediate tyres gamble 'on my head'

Mark Webber: It's a fine line and to get yourself back in the game sometimes you have to role a dice. I'm fine with the decision I made.
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber has accepted it was his fault he only finished fifth in Hungary.

Webber opted to switch to intermediate tyres in the latter stages of Sunday's eleventh round in the F1 2011 championship at the Hungaroring, a gamble that failed to pay off as the rain stopped and he then had to make an extra stop to switch back to drys.

He eventually brought his Renault-powered RB7 home around 50 seconds off eventual winner, Jenson Button and to make matters worse he was also passed by Lewis Hamilton six laps from the flag.

“It was a good race – quite enjoyable; I made the right call to go for the slicks at the right time, but when the rain came I thought it was going to be heavier – so I went for the intermediate tyres, but it didn't come,” Webber reflected.

“The team didn't say too much about the rain, so I thought it was a bit of a surprise shower, but I made the decision to go for the intermediates.

“It didn't work out for Lewis and I with this gamble – and it looks stupid in hindsight when the track dries out, but if it had rained strong enough for another few minutes, then it would have been the right tyre.

“So, it's a fine line and to get yourself back in the game sometimes you have to roll a dice. I'm fine with the decision I made, it's on my head and the team did a good job this weekend.”

Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner meanwhile felt Webber could have been on the podium had he not made that late tyre gamble.

“Arguably, for a couple of laps, inters was the right call and Mark decided to pit for them. Unfortunately for Mark, he lost some places with the penultimate pit stop for the intermediate tyres – without that, he would have been on the podium today, which is a shame,” Horner remarked.

“But, there's no crystal ball in those conditions and it could have been a decision that won him the race.

“It was frustrating to lose a position to Lewis in the closing stages, with back markers not really assisting matters, but Mark came back at him pretty strong in the final seven laps.

“The team now head into the summer break with an opportunity for a very well-earned rest, before returning, fully revitalized, for Spa-Francorchamps at the end of August.”

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30.07.2011 Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
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31.07.2011 Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
29.07.2011 Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
31.07.2011 Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 and Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia

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August 01, 2011 11:57 AM

commodore. yes, mark was wrong, but that is in hindsight. had the rain persisted, he most likely could have won the race. as you say, he admitted his "mistake", whereas another driver who made an incorrect tyre call, preferred to say "we" made a mistake, trying to offload blame onto the team.

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