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Webber not sure three-stop strategy was correct call

Oct 13, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

Mark Webber has said that he is not sure that Red Bull’s decision to put him on a three-stop strategy was the right call as the pole-sitter failed to put up a challenge to race winner Sebastian Vettel on Sunday in Japan.

Webber lost the lead at the first corner to Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, staying in second place until his early pit stop in an attempt to exercise the undercut. Although this did work, the early stop put Webber onto a three stop strategy that meant he could not catch two-stopping Vettel in the final few laps.

“We were on the back foot a bit after Romain’s great start,” Webber said. “I wanted to put pressure on him for the win. Sebastian was on a different strategy to me and in the end it worked out pretty similar. It’s hard to know which was right [two or three stops] as we were trying to cover off Romain. I did my best and in the end it was a good result.”

The Australian driver came out of the pits in third place after his final stop, but he managed to pass Grosjean thanks to his fresher set of option tires during the final stint. However, the time spent behind the Lotus driver allowed Vettel to pull away at the front and go on to win the race by seven seconds.

Having missed out on victory in Japan, Webber will be keen on picking up one last win in his final four races ahead of his retirement at the end of the season.

  1. worknman24hours - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Mark, you drove a heck of a fine race.

    Given the present state of things on your team, I’d say you did the best the car could give you.

    Better days in other racing series are ahead for you.

    Well done today.

    • zeusjurgen2 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Love webber…he is good. Hate to see him go

  2. apexassassin - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Love RBR using him to leapfrog Vettel for the win. Still, Webber had a much better race than his normal mediocre performances.

    • solutionc - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/red-bull-f1-traction-control/

      • apexassassin - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Lol, idiot.

  3. aventador12 - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    I hate to say it, but it did seem like RBR indirectly used him for S. Vettel’s advantage as for that 1st pit-stop could’ve been more thought out better. Sad for Webber, but a fine race indeed.

    • apexassassin - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Actually upon further revue Webber could have won the race even with making one more stop than Vettel. Webber’s race was ruined when he was stuck behind RoGro for 7 laps when Webber was 1.8s a lap faster than Grosjean. Had Webber made that pass in a timely fashion I think his race would have been entirely different. jmo

  4. Jeff - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I’m surprised Webber just didn’t stay out like the announcers suggested.

    • apexassassin - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      And I’m surprised he didn’t hit Lewis into Vettel during the start, lol.

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