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Philosophical Mark Webber rues first-corner lapse

Mark Webber

Webber rues first-corner lapse

Mark Webber was left to rue a critical error as he finished second at the Malaysian Grand Prix behind Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

The Australian, who started from pole, did not realise how close Vettel was at the first corner and the German slipped by into a lead he held to the end.

"The start cost me victory," Webber said. "I got a bit of wheelspin and Seb worked the slipstream well.

"After that I had to settle. But this is a sensational result for the team."

After overtaking his team-mate, Vettel rarely looked back and led throughout to ensure his and Red Bull's first maximum haul of the new season.

And while previous races had exposed Red Bull's unreliability, Vettel and Webber were able to bring their cars home without incident for a hard-earned one-two.

Sebastian Vettel

We deserved to win in Malaysia - Vettel

"We have had a couple of races where its been difficult for us to have a clean weekend for differing reasons, whether it's a bit of weather, a bit of reliability, or different things here and there," said Webber.

"But no-one wants a shopping list of excuses, we've got to get results. We haven't got them in the past because we haven't been prepared - well, we were prepared today and we blew everyone away."

The win takes Vettel up to third in the drivers' championship on 37 points, two off leader Felipe Massa of Ferrari, while Red Bull move up to third in the constructors' championship too.

And Webber, on 24 points in the championship, praised the team's efforts - admitting he had little choice but to sit in behind Vettel after losing position on that first corner.

"When the first car is leading, he sort of has priority - or the luxury - of choosing when he can stop," he said. "Obviously if I had have stopped first there was a big chance I could jump Sebastian, but that would not have been fair for the guy who was leading.


"It was really down to the start and who had track position in the first stint.

"The fact is that, the spirit at Red Bull is, I think, the best in the pit lane. We are such a good bunch of guys and girls, and we've come back after a tough start - so this result is for the team."

Vettel, meanwhile, admitted his overriding emotion was relief.

After a spark-plug problem in the first race in Bahrain meant he had to settle for fourth, the 22-year-old suffered a retirement in Australia last time out.

So, following his 25-point haul at Sepang, the German said: "It is a big relief. The first two races we didn't finish where we wanted to be, so this is a great result.

"My start was crucial and big respect to Mark. He could have behaved differently down into Turn One and Turn Two but he acted well and the fight carried on into Turn Four.

"From then onwards I could see we were one-two which was crucial. It is a fantastic result, especially after our start to the season."

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Malaysian Grand Prix

RaceLast updated: 15 Nov 2012 12:35 UK
Position Country Driver Race Time
1 germany S Vettel 1:33:48.412
2 australia M Webber 1:33:53.261
3 germany N Rosberg 1:34:01.916
4 poland R Kubica 1:34:07.001
5 germany A Sutil 1:34:09.471
6 great britain L Hamilton 1:34:11.883
7 brazil F Massa 1:34:15.480
8 great britain J Button 1:34:26.330
9 spain J Alguersuari 1:34:59.014
10 germany N Hulkenberg 1:35:01.811

see also
Hamilton pleased with fight-back
04 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
Massa coy about making title pace
04 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel storms to Malaysian GP win
04 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren & Ferrari rue rain errors
03 Apr 10 |  Formula 1

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