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Webber happy to be heading home

Mark Webber has come out of the first four flyaway races of the season with four fourth places. But he admits, he's pleased to be heading home to Europe.
"I'm pleased that the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend is over,” Mark Webber admitted in a post on his official website on Monday. "I'm looking forward to getting back to Europe and racing on some proper circuits."

That's the sort of refreshingly unguarded honesty that the Australian racer is known for, and he goes on to admit that being so near to the podium for all four races this season only to fall short each time was getting old very fast.

“I've been frustratingly close to the podium on each occasion this year,” he said, before looking on the bright side to immediate add: "Four fourth places is better than four fifth places!

"Overall, it's been a good opening segment of the season for me and Red Bull Racing," he added. "But I'm looking forward to getting on a plane and going back to Europe."

As for his race, Webber revealed that a technical glitch had ruined his best chance of stealing into second place behind his team mate Sebastian Vettel and ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton into turn 1.

"It wasn't a bad start," he insisted. "I didn't have KERS for the first lap, so it was difficult to put pressure on Lewis, but then I got it back."

Once Hamilton was eliminated from contention by a poor first pit stop by his team, Webber found himself overwhelmed by the challenge from first Romain Grosjean and then the Frenchman's Lotus F1 team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

"In the first two stints, I couldn't stay with those guys - the two Lotuses and Seb - so I had to consolidate from there," he confirmed. "I wasn't happy with the balance of the car either. By the last stint the balance was better, but there was no way I could live with the three guys in front."

As the race wore on, Webber found himself almost half a minute off the back of Grosjean's car in third, but not under any threat himself. All he had to do in the end was keep it running to the chequered flag. "It wasn't the most exciting race for me," he agreed.




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Robwal - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 11:01 PM

Once again Mark's KERS mysteriously is not there for the crucial start of the race, but then, wonder of wonders, this time he gets it back, of course, only after he is no longer a threat to goldenboy's lead. Redbullmanureracing need to be thrown out of F1 for this blatant favouritism!. Vettel at no stage through this year or last has had a total KERS failure.

Robwal - Unregistered

April 24, 2012 1:45 AM

@ Tommo Total KERS failure has NEVER been a issue for Vettel. For all the "reported" faults with his KERS he has ALWAYS been able to use it. Even when he was "told" to shut his KERS down during a race last year, I forget which one, he still kept using it right to the end. When you look at the plain hard facts like that, there is only logical answer. Webber is being screwed big time!



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