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Webber: I knew he was in there somewhere!

Mark Webber has praised the experience of his main rivals in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
Mark Webber has paid tribute to the drivers he was racing with in the Monaco Grand Prix, praising their experience when it came to passing moves.

While the likes of Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo had reason to feel aggrieved with moves pulled on them at the chicane, Webber's biggest moment came when Lewis Hamilton attempted to pull an unexpected pass at Rascasse, having fallen behind the two Red Bulls during the race's one and only pit-stop.

“I was probably just saving my tyres a bit too much and, yeah, he was going for a little bit of a surge,” the Australian said, claiming that he wasn't surprised by Hamilton's move, “They were probably a little bit more comfortable on the primes in certain performance areas of the circuit so, yeah, he was a little bit more comfortable on that section of the track. We knew we had a long way to go in the race and I had four or five laps less on my tyres, because I did the undercut on these guys.

“I had to give him room [and] I think experience helps in those scenarios. I thought he might tap me... I could just see him in the mirror and thought 'mmm, he's in there somewhere'. I had to give him the room and, thank God, we got round Rascasse together somehow. I think that was probably not that straightforward. [It wasn't] possible for the GP2 drivers, but us boys managed to pull it off - which we should be able to. It was a rewarding little battle.”

With Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean both attracting further criticism for their passing attempts, Webber admitted he was pleased to have been racing with calmer heads at the front of the field.

“The guys I was with [are] very experienced and they know what they need to do and where to put the car so, unless you had a big discrepancy in tyre performance, like I did after my pit-stop, it was measured, controlled aggression, trying to nurse the tyres as best you can.”



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26.05.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 and Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
26.05.2013- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 leads Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
26.05.2013- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
10.05.2013- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
26.05.2013- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
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21.09.2014 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 race winner
21.09.2014 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 race winner
21.09.2014 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 race winner
21.09.2014 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 race winner
21.09.2014 - Race, 2nd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
21.09.2014 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 race winner
21.09.2014 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 race winner
21.09.2014 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 race winner
21.09.2014 - Race, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
21.09.2014 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 race winner
21.09.2014 - Race, 2nd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
21.09.2014 - Race, Pit stop, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

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Fernandabulous

May 30, 2013 11:35 AM
Last Edited 479 days ago

luckily perez car broke before he got too close. they should thank kimi for engaging sergio. he could have gone straight on at the chicane, given perez the position and allowed him to be someone else's problem

Boycotthebull - Unregistered

May 30, 2013 4:39 PM

Perez is a danger, the stewards rewarded one of his foolish takeover attempts with Alonso so he thought he would do the same and run everyone else off the track. Maybe they should direct Grosjean at Perez, since he has this crashing wish at the moment he could take out Perez and do everyone else a favour before he hurts someone. Im sure all the teams would pitch in a few buck to fix the Lotus afterwards.



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