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Italian Grand Prix: Webber finally makes Monza podium

Mark Webber battled a gearbox glitch as well as both Ferraris before bowing out of F1 action at Monza with his first ever trip to the circuit's famous podium.
Mark Webber ended his European F1 career with a first visit to the unique podium at Monza, giving him a chance to sample the rare atmosphere after an Italian Grand Prix.

Incredibly, the Australian - who quits F1 and heads back to sportscar racing next season – had never better fifth place at the Autodromo Nazionale in 13 previous attempts, but made the most of a handy Red Bull to come home in third position after a spirited – but handicapped – pursuit of home favourite Fernando Alonso.

Having made a bid for the lead off the line - where he had started alongside RBR team-mate Sebastian Vettel – Webber found himself out-muscled by Felipe Massa through the first chicane, and then fell to fourth when Alonso gave no quarter at Roggia several laps later. The Australian refused to be dropped, however, and, having got ahead of Massa during the pit-stop window, closed back in on Alonso before being warned of a gearbox problem.

Despite having to short-shift between second and third, he maintained his pursuit to the line, eventually taking the flag just 0.8secs shy of making it a Red Bull 1-2.

“We had to nurse the gearbox a bit at the end but, overall, it was a good result,” Webber insisted, “I had a good [early] battle with Fernando, fair play to him on that, and, afterwards, I settled in to getting my head down and getting on with the race.

“We got Felipe on the stop, which was great - I was happy with my in-lap, the pit-stop was great, and then my out-lap was strong, so we cleared him reasonably comfortably…”

And being able to take that walk out, above the pit-lane, onto the podium that overlooks the sea of fans?

“It's a great place here and it's very special to finish on the podium,” Webber admitted, “It's not a circuit where I've had the best results in the past, so it's a bit of a personal best for me - in qualifying and the race.”




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07.09.2013, Qualifying Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
07.09.2013, Qualifying Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
06.09.2013- Free practice 2, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
07.09.2013- Free practice 3, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
08.09.2013- The Podium, 3d Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Ela Campaign, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB10
Autograph session, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB10
Fans of Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB10
Autograph session, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB10
Autograph session; Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB10
Autograph session, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB10
Autograph session, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10

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12321

September 09, 2013 2:02 AM

Umm, you think he cares? He's a soon to be 4 time world champion, making tons of money, and living life. Heck if I could do what he was doing and the only negative are people I personally don't know boo me, sign me up is all I have to say. Happens with all talents, and right now the best driver car combination has and is vettel and rbr simple as that.



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