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GP Week : Issue 187
After succumbing yet again to mechanical gremlins in qualifying, Mark Webber put in another resolute display of endurance to jump from tenth to four th place in Hungary. Clearly seething from a gear-selection issue and reoccurring KERS failure in qualifying, Webber labelled his RB9’s lack of reliability as “embarrassing” and a “pain in the arse”, but quickly turned his attention to executing a formidable race plan. While admitting the Hungaroring was a “brutal circuit to be out of position on,” Webber was more upbeat on Sunday, saying that the key to a good finish was “finding clear air for some quick laps.” Saving four sets of tyres enabled Webber to achieve a good result on Sunday. Starting on the medium compound, the Australian racer made his first stop on lap 24 after jumping eight spots into second position. Hoping to spend the least possible amount of time on the soft tyre with the lowest possible fuel load, Webber saved the soft option until his third stop on lap 60. It was a display reminiscent of his drives during the refuelling era – grinding out the laps in a manner he prefers to minimum corner speeds determined by tyre preservation. Had it not been for a time -costly dice with Lewis Hamilton and some lost time behind backmarkers, Webber may have been able to challenge Vettel for the final podium position. As it was, he finished 5.5 seconds behind his teammate in fourth. A circumspect Webber said his faith in his team’s strategy call gave them the result they deserved. “I think we had the right strategy. We knew there was a lot of pressure on getting a good first lap and I got some clear air, which worked well,” he said. “ T he start was okay and the first sector was very good; I was able to put a bit of pressure on Kimi and then we just settled in. “I had a pretty tricky car for the first three or four laps, as I knew the option tyres were quite grippy and after that we just got our heads down. I don’t think we could have got much more than that result today. The strategy was pretty solid and you have to pace the option tyres until the end.” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner praised Webber’s efforts, saying “Mark ’s recovery from tenth was excellent today, a very strong first stint put him back into contention and to recover from tenth on the grid to fourth was a very good performance.” While Webber’s amazing recoveries in Malaysia, Silverstone and now Hungary might be providing a great spectacle for fans and commentators, they are in themselves a stark reminder of what could have been a far more fitting send off for the Australian’s final year in Formula One. That said, his drives are a perfect precursor to his step into the WEC. Webber: stirred but not shaken 35 GPWEEK.com // 35 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> HUNGARY