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GP Week : Issue 174
UNFORTUNATE WEBBER 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Mark Webber says the incident that led to his retirement in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the Yas Marina circuit was nothing more than a racing incident. A dreadful start saw the Aussie fall three places to fifth by the end of lap one. He then lost more ground when he was tipped into a spin while passing Pastor Maldonado’s Williams; the Venezuelan held the inside line at Turn 13 and had nowhere to go as he was pinched onto the apex kerb and collided with Webber’s Red Bull. He emerged from his sole stop in traffic, behind Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, Paul di Resta’s Force India and Sergio Perez’s Sauber. On lap 39, Di Resta passed Grosjean on the run to Turn 11 but Perez fancied his chances and surged around the outside of both. The Mexican forced Di Resta off the track but then ran wide himself, before diving to the apex of the next left-hander and into Grosjean’s path. Contact sent Perez spinning and Grosjean into Webber, who was penned in on the inside of the track and went no further with a broken right-rear wheel and a dislodged rear wing. But Webber, who described Grosjean as the “first-lap nutcase” following a coming together in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, put it down to nothing more than a racing incident, saying: “Nothing really worked out for us today. “I think we were strong, but we never got free air and it’s difficult here with traffic; we saw quite a few incidents where people were trying to pass. “Ultimately, in the incident that ended my race, I tried to go down the inside when the cars ahead made contact, I thought there was an opportunity, but then Grosjean made contact with my car and that was the end for us. Whatever we tried today, it just wasn’t working out.” Perez, who was on for another solid points finish, was deemed to be responsible for causing the incident and received a ten-second stop-go penalty. He took the chequered flag down in 15th while Di Resta remarkably managed to salvage a ninth-place finish and Grosjean was among the many retirements. F1 >>> U.A.E