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GP Week : Issue 117
26 EVERYONE had been quietly hoping for a Webber victory in Spain to help keep the championship fight as open as possible, but in the end there was no stopping Sebastian Vettel on Sunday, despite the very best efforts of Lewis Hamilton. Vettel has now won four of the five races in 2011 and heads to next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with a 41-point cushion on 118 points, having scored just 60 points in the first five races last year before going on to take the title at the final race. Webber immediately lost the advantage of pole off the line when he fell behind Alonso and Vettel, but had his race well and truly ruined by being stuck behind Alonso until lap 39 when the Spaniard pitted. By this time Vettel was 30 seconds up the road in an fierce battle with Hamilton, one from which he would ultimately emerge victorious. “I don’t think my start was hideous, but Fernando got a phenomenal one. Obviously from then on it wasn’t the start we had planned and it was a bit of a chess game,” said Webber. “People were covering each other’s pit stops and I really didn’t do much racing on track. At the end of the race I finished 40 seconds behind Lewis and Seb. “It was an interesting day today and shows how fine the margins are; we were frustrated by Fernando who seemed to pit every time I did! At certain stages I was quick and at others I wasn’t – that’s the way it was today.” Vettel was understandably delighted by his day’s work: “It was pretty tough today. At the beginning of the race I thought I had a good start, I didn’t understand where Fernando came from!” he began. “It looked like the McLarens were very strong; they stayed out longer on a different strategy, which brought them up to second behind us. From then on I knew that it would be very, very close; going into the last 10 laps felt the same as in China. “At the end of the straights he would be right in my mirrors, so you don’t know if you should defend or not. It was very close, but on the last two laps, I could make it stick. It’s quite a release when you cross the line and you know that you made it, so I’m very, very happy.” With a 51-point deficit to Vettel and in the same car as the reigning world champion, the chance of Mark Webber even challenging for this year’s championship are getting slimmer and slimmer. Pole fails to ignite Webber’s championship challenge