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GP Week : 29-Apr-2008
F1 BARCELONA >> ANOTHER ‘Best of the Rest’ result, fifth, rewarded Aussie Mark Webber for a strong weekend. The Red Bull team had expected Webber to compete with Fernando Alonso in race trim, despite the Spaniard’s strong qualifying run, and that’s where things were headed until Alonso retired. “It’s gone better than expected although I don’t think we put a foot wrong all weekend which is very satisfying,” Webber reported. “My start wasn’t fantastic as I didn’t get enough temperature in my tyres. This meant I lost out to Heidfeld but I was happy that Nick’s pace didn’t compromise my own battle with Trulli and I was able to do my own pace and had Jarno covered. “I gained a position when Nick got his penalty and then half-way through my second stint, I knew everything would be okay after Fernando retired. “I think maybe Renault and Red Bull Racing moved a little bit ahead of our mid-field opposition this weekend but we know how sensitive these cars can be from track-to-track so it may be a one-off and things will be different in Turkey in two weeks time. We’ll have to wait and see.” TAKUMA Sato has told GPWeek of his pride in the Super Aguri F1 Team, after he brought his car home in 13th position at a Grand Prix that many had feared he would not even start. The Japanese driver picked up some damage to his car on the very first lap, but was able to joke afterwards that it had not affected him too badly. “The hole in the nose was cooling my body a lot so it was actually fantastic! No, to be honest, it was really unfortunate. I think Sutil tangled with somebody and obviously Sebastien Vettel. “I tried to avoid him from the left-hand side, and immediately, at the last minute we pulled to the right-hand side as I was following him, and they tangled and in the concertina we hit. I went straight into his impact structure which was why I lost part of the front of the nose, but the main part was fine. “It affected the aerodynamics and I lost some downforce, but it was not worth changing the nose as it would have taken more than 10 seconds, so we just kept going.” Webber’s got Wings Sato “very proud” of Super Aguri 25