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Webber disappointed with qualifying performance

1 September 2012

Despite out-qualifying his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber was left dissatisfied with his sevemth place finish in Saturdays qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

With the Aussie having to take a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox, he will start the race in twelfth, leaving him with work to do if he is to close the points gap to Fernando Alonso.

"I'm disappointed,” he said, “We would like to have been higher up the grid to take the sting out of the penalty, but we'll have to see what we can do tomorrow. We weren't quick enough and couldn't challenge for the front row today; I was pretty happy with my lap but I think P5 would have been our maximum today.

“We have a long race tomorrow and there should be some good opportunities to come through the field. Clearly we're out of position a little and we have work to do, but the team is a quality operation and we know what hard work is all about. We just need to keep pushing."

Christian Horner admitted that it was 'better strategically' for the team to suffer the penalty in Spa, rather than lose points in Budapest, and with Spa presenting many more overtaking opportunities than the tight and twisty Hungaroring, that Webber perhaps shouldn't be too downhearted.

Cyril Dumont of Renault acknowledged that the “different looking” grid could still present the team with a good opportunity to pick up some good points in the race, and noted that the indifferent weather in practise could yet play into the teams hands.

“It was hard to prepare with the weather,” he said, “but it was the same for all teams.”

by Joshua Bonser


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