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Webber: Strategy something a little bit different

Oct 26, 2013, 8:15 AM EST

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Mark Webber has called the decision to qualify on the prime tire “something a little bit different” as he bids for his first win of the season in what will be his final visit to India as an F1 driver ahead of his retirement next month.

The tire allocation brought to India by Pirelli created the possibility to qualify on the medium compound tire in Q3 in order to go further into the race before stopping without finishing too far down the grid, and Webber utilized this perfectly to finish fourth on Saturday. As a result, he appears to be the best-placed driver to challenge teammate Sebastian Vettel for victory on Sunday.

“We thought it was worth trying something a little bit different with the strategy today, so that’s why we ran the primes in Q3,” Webber explained. “We thought we would probably be a bit further back than the second row to be honest, so it turned out to be a good session for us. It’s not easy to manage the primes when you just get a look at them in Q3, but I think we did a good job and we didn’t leave too much out there.”

The Australian driver feels that he could challenge Vettel for the win thanks to this strategy, with the German driver’s relentless pace making him look unbeatable barring an alternative strategy, such as the one Webber and Fernando Alonso have opted for.

“We’re in a good position to capitalise on a different approach tomorrow,” Webber added. “The option tire shouldn’t last too long and we’ll be on a different strategy. That said, I’ll still have to use the softer tire in the race at some point, so let’s see.”

  1. worknman24hours - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Mark Webber’s physical appearance should make the drivers ban together and demand an end to the ridiculously low weight (and by default small size dimensions) mandates that force all the drivers to starve themselves so as to give the engineers the maximum advantage as to where the add any ballast in the cars.

    Mark has looked like he came out of a Nazi prison camp for the last three years and it’s just been getting worse as he tries desperately to get one win before he leaves F1.

    There should a minimum area and seated weight in the car at the drivers seat position of 250 pounds and at a minimum driver’s height of six foot five inches.

    Yes, the seat area should be forced to incorporate a human body that large and then the teams could back fill with weight ballast and safety foam in the seating area to meet the FIA regulation.

    The idea that you have only five foot five drivers weighing 135 pounds in a racing series is ridiculous.

    I look forward to seeing Mark racing in other racing series next year after he’s been able to eat a real meal a couple of times for the first time in years.

    Formula One should be ashamed to forces drivers to go to this extent to compete.

    As an engineer, I’d fight for my drivers to change this.

    I’d be good enough not to need that to make my cars win.

    • apexassassin - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      totally agree except I’m not looking forward to seeing Webber in another series.

  2. stevegravelle - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Hey, NBCSN? Y’know what might be appreciated by anyone interested in the grid for a GP race? Actually posting AN ACTUAL GRID LISTING where someone could find it easily.

    • Luke Smith - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Hi Steve, a provisional grid will be posted tomorrow before the race.

      You can also find the grid on nbcsports.com here: http://scores.nbcsports.msnbc.com/racing/leaderboard.asp?page=&cat=&series=FORM1

      Hope this helps!

    • apexassassin - Oct 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      What’s the matter… didn’t watch Quali or has Google blocked you?
      LOL

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