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GP Week : Issue 75
F1 AUSTRALIA >> Webber reprimanded by Stewards LOCAL boy Mark Webber was left having to explain himself after a collision on the penultimate lap saw he and Lewis Hamilton slide down the order. Three seconds separated the second to seventh placed cars as the chequered flag was being unfurled. Hamilton was chasing Fernando Alonso for fourth, with Webber in wait hoping for his chance. As they headed down to Turn 13 Hamilton drew alongside Alonso, but the Spaniard was on the inside. The Ferrari locked-up, but still had the line covered and Lewis was forced to slow so as not to turn into Alonso. Webber lost downforce as he approached the McLaren's rear wing and was unable to anchor. He slammed into Hamilton's rear, spinning him into the gravel and the Red Bull ran over its own front wing. He and Hamilton were able to finish in ninth and sixth respectively. Webber was quick to accept fault: "I apologise to Lewis about that. I wasn't happy with sixth place and wanted to get a podium, but in the end it was a tough day for the team." From the moment he missed pole by a tenth, Mark Webber's weekend got more and more fraught. Kept out one additional lap before switching to slicks to prioritise Vettel, it cost him three spots, and his bid to regain them was spectacular -- including this first big move on Hamilton (below). Then, with a couple of laps to go, the Red Bull nudged the back of the McLaren , taking both off (above). 31