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GP Week : Issue 105
Rosberg none to happy Webber holds hands up for race-exiting crash Mark Webber has accepted full responsibility for crashing out of second place in the Korean Grand Prix, after losing control of his Red Bull in the slippery conditions. Webber went into Sunday’s race with a 14-point championship lead, but now finds himself 11 behind race winner and new championship leader Fernando Alonso, with 50 points still up for the taking. After the red flag and first Safety Car period had ended, Webber was running in second place, but on the second lap after the Safety Car had pitted, he strayed off the kerb and onto the astrotur f, before spinning backwards across the track and lightly touching the wall. He then spun back across the track and into the path of Nico Rosberg, with the resulting collision putting both men definitively out of the race. “It was totally my fault, I got on the kerbontheexitofTurn12anditwasa very slow-motion moment off the back of that kerb – it was my mistake and it wasn’t my day,” admitted the Australian. “I thought I’d managed to catch it, but I lost the car and made contact with the wall, nothing too heavy, but it was enough to bring the car back to the other side of the track and then Nico hit me, which wrecked his race as well.” Webber pointed to it being just his second retirement of the year as reason to be optimistic, and remains confident that he can take his first world championship come Abu Dhabi: “ Today didn’t help me with the Championship, but I can absolutely still win it; this was only my second non- finish of the year,” he continued. “I’m back with the others now on points, but there are still two races to go and I’ll do my absolute best.” Rosberg was critical of Webber for the race-ending collision, after he elected to go on the wrong side of the track after seeing the Red Bull spinning in front: “It’s a big shame that my race was ended early,” he commented after the race. “It was really difficult to judge which way Mark’s car would go and I took the decision to go left but he spun more and more that way and I just couldn’t avoid him. It’s a real shame as we could have had a great result today.” Petrov shunts from points in Korea Vitaly Petrov’s future in Formula One is skating on even thinner ice than before after the Russian crashed out of the Korean Grand Prix from a points-scoring position. Petrov was being chased hard by Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg when he lost control of his R30 approaching turn 18 at the end of lap 40, before making heavy contact with the barrier that protects the pit entry. Although he emerged without injury, his F1 hopes may not have been so lucky: “I had stopped early for intermediate tyres on lap 20, so they were pretty worn by the time we started racing after the second Safety Car period,” recalled Petrov. “I was still pushing to keep in front of the guys behind me, and I lost the car on the penultimate corner and had a big crash – but I’m okay. “The team had made a good call with the change to intermediate tyres, and I was in a strong position in P7 when I crashed. Of course, I am disappointed to end the race in the wall and not in the points, but it was encouraging to be running in the top ten.” Although Petrov did retire from a points- scoring position, he did extremely well up until that point, having risen from 20th place on the grid. Team principal Eric Boullier was sympathetic towards Petrov and said he had raced well until crashing out. “ We made good strategy calls for Vitaly, and he was doing a good job when he lost the car in the final corner,” commented Boullier. “In those conditions, every mistake will be punished, even though he was driving to look after his tyres.” Another black mark after impressive drive from 20th 30