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Webber: I have to improve my starts

Mark Webber insists he has to improve on his starts after another poor launch at the start in Singapore
Mark Webber insists he has to improve on his starts after another poor getaway cost him dearly in the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver had qualified on the front row of the grid alongside team-mate Sebastian Vettel but once again bogged down off the line and lost places when the lights went out.

From there, the Australian was forced to launch into a recovery drive through the field, which included two fine moves for position on the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, as he battled back to third, but he admitted it wasn't a position he should have found himself in.

"Unfortunately I've found myself having to come back through the field too often this season,” he said. “I can't make the starts I made last year at the moment. I need to work on those; we'll look at them and definitely improve. I have to keep working harder because it's quite frustrating and it's quite risky to have to come back through and try to regain positions on the track, particularly when the DRS isn't working. In the end I probably lost a position today out of that, JB put a good last stint together so it would have been good battle with him, even if he did have track position.”

However, despite the disappointment of another poor start, Webber insisted that a podium finish was still a good result.

“Seb deserved the victory today and overall, if you come here and you get a podium, it's not too bad,” he said. “Of course you'd love a win, that's what we all strive for, but this is a very challenging venue. The guys have done a great job all weekend, for me in particular – as it's not the easiest track for me here. I want to thank all the guys – they've done a great job for me all weekend and Renault also – we have had 100 per cent reliability, so a great job."



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FreeJack - Unregistered

September 26, 2011 9:03 PM

Aside from his spotty starts, Webber's driving has been awesome this year. The Webber haters are getting real old with their "give up your seat" talk...not just anybody is equipped to make clean passes on drivers like Fernando Alonso, in the often spectacular fashion that Webber makes them (Eau Rouge, anyone). He deserves the seat he's in.

Droog - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 2:17 PM

It's really a problem for him, cost him last year and even worse this year. Too bad, I would have loved to see him take the title last year, I think that of all the contenders, he deserved it more than any. And yes, that Alonso pass at Eau Rouge was pretty special. Although, having said that Seb's qually capability is really something special, and HIS Alonso pass was not half bad either... Mark is a class act though, honest and forthright. I hope he gets another clean shot at the WDC. Good on ya' mate.



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