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Frustrating eighth for Webber.

'Traffic cost me', that was Mark Webber's explanation after only picking up a solitary point at the Italian Grand Prix.

Webber had been in a promising position going into the fourteenth round in the 2008 FIA F1 World Championship having qualified third on the grid. However, a poorly timed first pit-stop cost him crucial seconds and in the end the Aussie had to settle for eighth.

"We came out after the first stop behind Robert [Kubica] and Fernando [Alonso] and lost a lot of time on the fresh tyres," he explained. "That's when Heikki [Kovalainen] got a really good gap on me.

"The first seven or eight laps behind them killed the tyres and trying to go through them wasn't easy so we lost some time.

"The last section wasn't too bad, but when you're ten seconds behind starting it, then that's when you are finished. So we did give some points away today, but it's hard to get everything right on days like this."

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner concurred that traffic was an issue, although he added that a spin on one of Mark's out-laps was also a factor in his failure to do better.

"Mark's first stint in the race was good, unfortunately he dropped out in traffic and then a spin on his out lap on inters cost him places to Massa," he continued.

"However, he was very quick at the end of the race, but unfortunately, having dropped places on his out lap he couldn't re-gain them, so a frustrating result for Mark when the potential was there to do better."

At least Webber got a point though, which was more than could be said for David Coulthard, who ended up 16th and a lap down in the other RB4 following an incident with the Williams of Kazuki Nakajima.

"I had some difficulties in the beginning as my brake balance bar jammed, so I couldn't get rearwards on the brakes - they locked up and I went off at second Lesmo," recalled the Scot. "Thereafter I burned out the rear tyres early so I had blisters on the rear wets.

"Coming into the pit-stop we put on the 'inters', but again seemed to burn out the rear tyres early, so I kept tip-toeing through the corners and kept losing places. In the end Nakajima came out around on the outside under braking at the Parabloica, but there's an arc through the corner and I couldn't avoid him - and when he was turning in he hit my wing."


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