RBR team principal Christian Horner confirmed how keen Webber had been to finally end his Australian podium hoodoo, but praised his driver for his performance after the first corner mayhem.
"After getting caught up by Rosberg and Alonso, once he got into free air he really got his head down and, at that point, was the quickest car on the circuit," he reported.
"He went onto the prime tyre, doing the opposite to [team-mate] Sebastian [Vettel] as he had an additional new set available to him from yesterday. Again, the right call under the safety car put him out right behind Hamilton and you could see how desperate he was in the remaining ten laps. He tried everything to pass Lewis to be on the podium here in Australia but, unfortunately, he didn't quite make it.”