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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 May, 2005, 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
Webber accepts blame for pile-up
EUROPEAN GP RESULT
Mark Webber's Williams hits Juan Pablo Montoya's McLaren at the first corner
1 F Alonso (Renault)
2 N Heidfeld (Williams)
3 R Barrichello (Ferrari)
4 D Coulthard (Red Bull)
5 M Schumacher (Ferrari)
6 G Fisichella (Renault)
7 JP Montoya (McLaren)
8 J Trulli (Toyota)
Mark Webber has taken responsibility for the crash which caused havoc at the start of the European Grand Prix.

The Williams driver locked up his tyres going into the first corner, hitting the McLaren of Juan Pablo Montoya.

"Getting away hasn't been our strength but that's no excuse to hit Juan Pablo. It's not up to Juan Pablo to give me room at that point," said Webber.

"I got a bit locked up. It would have been OK if it was sidepod to sidepod, but wheel to wheel was too much."

Webber was disappointed in his error because he felt that he had a strong chance of a podium finish.

"Nick (Heidfeld, Webber's team-mate) and I didn't get away from the grid that well that put us both in difficult positions into the first corner," Webber said.

"I had (Jarno) Trulli and (Fernando) Alonso trying to get down the inside so I braked a bit later attempting to defend my position, especially from Jarno, because it was very important to keep him behind for our strategy.

"I just, just quite couldn't stop and hit the side of Juan Pablo. It was a shame because we had strong potential."

The incident knocked Webber out of the race and relegated the fast-starting Montoya, who eventually finished seventh, down to 13th.

Toyota's Ralf Schumacher was forced to pit for repairs, and Ferrari's Michael Schumacher fought his way up from 17th to fifth after being delayed by the crash.



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