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GP Week : Issue 153
Poor qualifying by both was followed by (another) poor race start from Webber, a drive- through for Vettel, and the need to change front wing on both cars due to damage – or was it a manufacturing failure? While Vettel struggled to seventh, Webber – who, as has been the case before, was quicker, missed out on Q3. Having set second-fastest of the first runs, the team realistically thought it would be enough ... but it wasn’t! “We were quick, but the track kept getting faster and we got caught out,” explained Webber. I was P2 after the first lap and we thought we had done enough, but in the end it wasn’t. I was told not to go out again, but the way that the track improved was a surprise to all of us. It’s the way it goes sometimes ...” The Aussie would start 11th, but lost three places before Turn 1. Race effectively over. Team boss Christian Horner was left to offer up his analysis of the team’s problems: “A difficult afternoon. Unfortunately Sebastian had a drive-through penalty for an incident under a yellow flag, which I believe is because he had the DRS open. We also had front wing damage on both cars that necessitated two nose changes. “Despite that, it was a strong recovery from Sebastian to finish sixth, passing two McLarens and Rosberg in the closing stages and, as a result, we leave here still leading both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships. “For Mark it was a tough race with the wing change early on and then unfortunately a mystifying lack of pace, which resulted in him spending a lot of the race looking at the back of Nico Hulkenberg’s car ...” NO BULL? DEFENDING CHAMPIONS NOT IN CONTENTION The team which has dominated Formula 1 for two seasons was almost invisible during the Spanish GP 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SPAIN