Webber satisfied to come home fourth
15 April 2012 – Mark Webber salvaged fourth place from a topsy-turvy Chinese Grand Prix, coming from sixth on the grid and passing Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel around the outside of the hairpin. Although he admits that the result could have been better, the Australian is satisfied with a solid 12-point finish.
“Trying to get the balance right for the whole race was very tricky,” explained the man who had charged through from 18th to third last year. “In the end, fourth was not too bad; it wasn’t the maximum, but it’s very tight between the teams at the front. At some points of the race, I saw P13/ P14 on the board, so I have to be satisfied with fourth.”
He also escaped a high-flying moment, as his car briefly took off.
“I made a few mistakes running wide trying to push onto the back straight,” he continued. “It’s hard there as you can get onto the marbles. I think the strategy was good, but it’s always a gamble with the three-stop as to what traffic there might be.
“Congratulations to Nico (Rosberg), he deserves the victory, and also to Mercedes. For me it’s three fourths on the bounce now, it’s good points and we leave here reasonably satisfied, but we need to keep boxing and keep improving.”
As the Bahrain Grand Prix looms next weekend, Webber finds himself fourth in the championship standings – eight points ahead of double World Championship-winning team-mate Sebastian Vettel but nine behind leader Lewis Hamilton.
Webber's high-flying moment can be viewed at GPUpdate TV