In the end, I wasn't quick enough, that was Mark Webber's rather honest appraisal of his performance in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix
at the all-new Buddh International Circuit.
Webber started second, but was passed on the opening lap by Jenson Button. Although he could stay with the McLaren
initially, he dropped back after about five or six laps and later lost the final rostrum position to Fernando Alonso
following the second and final round of stops.
Speaking after the 17th round in the F1 2011 World Championship, the Aussie blamed his inability to look after his tyres for his failure to hold on to P3.
“We lost the podium in the middle of the race really,” Webber explained. “It's pretty much the general story of this year; I just don't have the pace at the end of the stints, so I run out of tyres and then lose strategy, it means I have to pit earlier and it makes life harder. In the end, I wasn't quick enough.
“I had a reasonable pace at the start of the stints, but as they go on, we go back into the clutches of the other guys. We were struggling a little bit with the balance at the end of the stints.
“It was a good fight with Fernando, but the McLarens and Ferraris were pretty strong in the first sector, Jenson got me on the first lap on the back straight.
“I was quick against him in the first few laps, but after that, as soon as you fight you chew up the tyres.
“So that is just the way it goes, disappointing, but now we go to Abu Dhabi.”
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner meanwhile felt it was quite a testing afternoon for the Aussie, especially given team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, again did so well.
“For Mark it was a frustrating afternoon,” Horner said. “Having initially made a good start, unfortunately Jenson managed to get past on the first lap and then he found himself in a race with Fernando.
“Approaching the second stop we were in a little more trouble with the tyres than Fernando, so we needed to pit and unfortunately the outlap performance of the hard tyre wasn't strong enough to keep him ahead.
“Then despite his best efforts, he didn't manage to pass Fernando [in the remaining laps before the 'flag].”