Mark Webber was not a happy bunny following qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix Saturday, after his hot lap was compromised by Takuma Sato.

Webber was on course to post a time in the mid 1m 27s bracket, which might have seen him line up fifth, ahead of Jarno Trulli, who's best lap was 1m 27.501s. However near the end of his lap, Sato got in the way, something the Aussie reckoned cost him at least three tenths of a second, as he had to overtake the BAR. Webber will thus line-up seventh, on a 1m 27.944s, less than two hundredths slower than his Williams team-mate, Nick Heidfeld.

"As with qualifying these days, we won't really know our performance until the race but we look pretty reasonable here. Obviously BAR didn't have any communications, or Takuma didn't know what was happening. He did a very slow lap, then an even slower in-lap, which compromised my qualifying but that's how it goes," said a rather philosophical Webber, following a more vocal outburst broadcast just after the incident when he was talking to his team on the radio.

"That was a really important corner," he added, "and it probably compromised my lap by about three tenths of a second."

Sato meanwhile was apologetic, but blamed a radio failure for his little mishap.

"We had a radio interference problem," he confirmed, "and the team were unable to tell me his [Webber's] position on the track."

Taku was later penalised by the stewards and his time, which was already less than good after a spin in turn 8, was cancelled.

 

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