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Webber retires, but shares teams’ title joy

Mark Webber again suffered the brunt of Red Bull's reliability woes, but was able to celebrate the team's constructors' championship hat-trick after the USGP.

Mark Webber may not have been able to contribute to the team's enhanced points total at the USGP, but still found consolation in a third straight constructors' title for Red Bull Racing after the race.
The Australian made the most of starting on the cleaner side of the grip to surge past Lewis Hamilton and slot into second spot behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel on the uphill run to turn one at the Circuit of the Americas, as Red Bull appeared on course to continue the run of 1-2 finishes witnessed by the American public since the race moved to Indianapolis.

Hamilton, however, wasn't in a mood to be denied and, having established himself as one of the fastest cars in the opening laps, came back past Webber once DRS was enabled. From there, while the Briton hunted Vettel down at the front of the field, Webber slipped nearly seconds back, before coasting into retirement as Red Bull's reliability gremlins again picked on his car.

“I had an alternator problem,” he revealed, reporting RBR's third such DNF in 2012, “We had low battery voltage for a few laps before and then I lost gearbox sync and KERS. Something was happening on the battery side.

“It's frustrating, as we had a reasonable start to the race and a good fight with Lewis. We had issues to manage but, even when I knew we had them, we tried to keep going and get something out of it.”

Although Vettel also eventually succumbed to Hamilton's charge, his second place was enough to secure a third successive constructors' crown for Red Bull in just eight years of existence since replacing Jaguar on the grid.

“A third constructors' [title] for the team is an incredible achievement,” Webber admitted, “Three years in a row is something that I think all of us would never have envisaged when we first started to be successful, so the results that we've had over the years is really astonishing.

“This championship was probably the toughest one so far, for lots of different reasons, and it's a cliché, but it's been a real team effort.”

Webber's retirement also saw Hamilton pass him in the individual standings, and the Australian is only two points clear of the second McLaren of Jenson Button with one round remaining, in Brazil, this weekend. His contribution to RBR's total, however, has not gone unnoticed.




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Chris - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 11:59 AM

No way Alonso would have caught Mark and yes RB would have wanted him to stay third in Austin. Seb doesn’t need to finish ahead of Alonso in Brazil, he can even allow Alonso to win and finish third or maybe even fourth and win a 3rd title. This was also Marks first DNF due to mechanical failure in more than a year. I agree RB would never want him to DNF.

FreeJack - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:23 PM

Well it ain't that Mark is a bad driver, that's for sure. Alonso said it best..."We saw today Webber retired - sometimes it's the alternator, KERS, brakes or water, it always happens on that car. Maybe in Brazil those problems will change cars." It was clear something was wrong with his car, after the first ten laps...he was losing ground abnormally quickly. When I heard the radio message that he'd lost KERS, I threw up my hands..."AGAIN?!" Then about two minutes later, he's pulling over. Makes me glad we weren't able to go out there to the race, in person...that would have been a bitter disappointment.



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