Webber: Development didn't help Vettel
16 December 2012 – Despite seeing his gap from Sebastian Vettel yawning from eight to 102 points in the last seven races of the season, Mark Webber thinks the improvements brought to their car by Red Bull were not the leading cause of the slump compared to his team-mate.
Talking to ESPN, the Australian dismissed speculation that his poor results in the run-in to the title had to do with the new parts developed on the Red Bull car.
“I wasn’t uncompetitive after Singapore,” claimed the 36-year-old, who went on to list the misfortunes occurred to him in the closing rounds of the season. “We had an alternator [failure in the US Grand Prix], we had Grosjean [spinning him at the start of the Japanese GP], we had things which are like dropping your toast and it lands butter-side down or whatever. That’s just the way things were going at some stages.”
“I was strong in Suzuka, I was very strong there and Seb and I were on the front row. I was strong in Korea, I was strong in India. Singapore and Hockenheim were the two venues that were probably my weakest performances of the year.”