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Mark Webber plays down 190mph European Grand Prix crash

Mark Webber flips out of European Grand Prix

Webber flips out of European Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Mark Webber has taken a philosophical view of his huge crash at the European Grand Prix.

Webber admitted the 190mph somersault, in which his car landed upside down before skidding into the barriers, was "difficult to be involved in".

But he told BBC Sport: "Obviously you get a bit concerned when that happens.

"But fortunately I walked away from it and when you race for as long as us guys do you're going to have the odd big one here and there."

The Australian, in an exclusive BBC interview, said he "remembered everything" about the crash, which happened after he ran into the back of Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus on lap nine of last Sunday's race in Valencia.

Red Bull driver Mark Webber

Webber says both drivers to blame for crash

Webber was trying to make up lost ground after a poor start and an early pit stop for tyres left him at the back of the field.

He admitted at the time that he had misjudged how early the Finn had to brake in his Lotus but said he felt Kovalainen had moved around more than was acceptable in defending his position.

"It certainly takes both of us to have the accident," Webber said.

"I could have done something different to not hit Heikki as well. Collectively we got involved with each other and certainly it was unnecessary over what was at stake, which was not a great deal. That's the stupid thing about it."

It was the third racing accident of Webber's career in which his car became airborne at high speed.

The first two were at the Le Mans sportscar race in 1999, when he was driving for Mercedes.


But he enjoyed had a bit of light relief on Friday when his Red Bull team took part in a publicity event for the British Grand Prix in which they did a pit stop in front of the Houses of Parliament.

"Obviously, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity - it's not every day you get to see the sights of London from an F1 car," said Webber.

"This year has once again thrown up some interesting rule changes so any practice the team can get is going to make a difference, no matter where it is."

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