Weather thwarts unlucky Webber

Weather thwarts unlucky Webber

Mark Webber has revealed that the fickle Shanghai weather all but ruined his chances of a points finish in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.

The Australian battled with under-steer early in the race and with the weather changing, he gambled on a change to dry tyres, which ended up costing him any chance of getting into the points. He finished 10th, 4.1 seconds behind eighth-placed Red Bull team-mate David Coulthard.

“I had massive under-steer on my wet tyres in the first stint, which made it very difficult to get through turn one and 12 – important corners for lap time,” he said after the race. “I made the call to go to dry tyres, which was about the right time for my pit stop. It was a tough call to know if wet or dry tyres were best. Once on the dry tyres, the rain started again and I saw a car off the track on the last corner and also had a moment myself.”

“I made the call to put wets back on, which wasn’t good, as the rain didn’t last for long, so I had to go back onto dry tyres again. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get it right today. David’s point has closed us up to Williams a little bit, so let’s see what we can do in Brazil.”

The battle for fourth place in the constructors’ championship is shaping up as a close one, with just four points between Red Bull and Williams heading into the final race at Interlagos. Coulthard felt he could have done better than eighth after starting the race fifth, but like Webber, the breaks didn’t go his way.

“A frustrating race. To start fifth and finish eighth is pretty disappointing, but at least we take a point from China and move closer to Williams in the battle for fourth in the Championship,” he said. “It was a bit of a lottery with the tyres today and unfortunately at the point I changed to dry tyres it started to rain lightly costing me around 30 seconds in two laps.”

Sister team Toro Rosso enjoyed its best day ever with Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth and Antonio Liuzzi finishing sixth.

Team principal Gerhard Berger was delighted with the team’s efforts.

“A very good result thanks to a fantastic effort from the team and both drivers. We have been working very, very hard and sometimes this year we have been a bit unlucky,” he said. “Today it all came together. This team works so hard. It is competitive and fights hard with limited resources, but still doing an outstanding job. The immediate future? To go to Sao Paulo and try and get more points.”


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