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Webber admits battle with Hamilton was 'intense'

With Sebastian Vettel racing away to the win, the excitement in Korea came mainly from an epic battle between McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Mark Webber.
The Korean Grand Prix featured one of the most genuinely hard-fought and knife-edge battles seen on track in recent seasons, with two of the leading drivers in two of the top cars on the grid fighting tooth-and-claw over second position for much of the race.

"The battle with Lewis was pretty intense," agreed Red Bull's Mark Webber of the fight that lasted almost two thirds of the 55-lap race distance.

The team had been hoping to pull off the vital overtaking move in the pits, but Hamilton and Webber came in together and McLaren put their man out on track first - meaning that Webber would have to do all the work for himself out on the track.

"I was frustrated that we followed him out of the pit lane," he admitted. "I risked quite a bit to try and pass him on the out lap, before he got settled in."

He couldn't quite pull it off, despite running side-by-side with Hamilton in the initial laps after the pit stop. Despite increasingly struggling with downforce issues, Hamilton seemed able to get traction out of the corners at key points and thwart Webber's best overtaking moves.

"It's not easy to pass a driver of Lewis' calibre," he admitted "I tried some moves and it was a good battle as our cars had weaknesses and strengths in different areas of the lap, so trying to get the move done wasn't particularly easy."

Webber insisted he enjoyed the battle, but would have dearly loved to have taken second place from Hamilton by the end to make it the perfect day for Red Bull Racing. "I would have liked to have got that extra position, which I think performance-wise we deserved," he said. "But McLaren did a good job and Lewis drove well."

Overall, despite the frustration of finishing in third place, he was happy: "There were loads of positives today, it was a good start for me and I got a good result ... I'm sure there will be some headaches tonight," he added, talking about joining in with the team's trademark celebrations for winning their second constructors' title.

His team boss Christian Horner was delighted with Webber's efforts today. "All credit must go to Mark Webber, who tried everything to pass Lewis who in fairness defended very well," he said. "Despite being considerably quicker, we couldn't get into the right place entering the DRS zone to make it a one-two."




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JONO JONES - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 4:08 PM

The most exciting part of the race Webber vs Hamilton. At times wheel to wheel and it would seem that Webber would eventually pass Hamilton, which he did, but couldn't make it stick. The Red Bull was quicker than the McLaren but there were areas where the McLaren was able to put some distance on the Bull with Mark being unable to engage the DRS. Good intense racing as it should be.



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