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After a below average qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, Mark Webber was encouraged by the progress he was able to make during the Australian Grand Prix. The Australian, who started fifth, made up a position en route to fourth, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in second place.
“There are some positives to take out of today,” said Webber. “Qualifying was difficult for us, but the race pace was better today, it was just that we didn’t have track position. I had a poor start, so I need to see what happened there and then I got sandwiched at Turn 1. I didn’t want the race to be over; I was able to keep going and then started to build from there.
“The car felt quite tricky on the options in the first stint and I wondered if I had some damage from the first corner, but then when I got the primes the race came alive for me."
Webber believes that third was a realistic outcome, but the lack of overtaking opportunites at Albert Park made the challenge too difficult.
“We had a bit of luck with the Safety Car and I was quicker than Lewis at the end, but it’s a difficult track to overtake here - in Malaysia it would have been different.” he added. “Today was a strong showing and it was a good day given what we went to bed with last night, we had a bit on, but this was a good comeback. It was a strong start.”
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