Webber satisfied with damage limitation
20 April 2013 – Despite admitting that he had hoped to extract more peformance in qualifying, Red Bull driver Mark Webber was left feeling satisfied by limiting the damage of his three-place grid penalty for Sunday afternoon's Bahrain Grand Prix to the fourth row.
The Australian finished fifth fastest in Q3, meaning he would normally drop to eighth, but he has gained one position back following Lewis Hamilton's gearbox change.
"I would have like to have got a bit more out of the car and been a bit further up, but seventh with a penalty isn’t the end of the world," explained Webber. "We have a different tyre strategy to some of the others and it’s a long race, so let’s see how we go. I’m proud to be starting my 200th Grand Prix tomorrow.
"I have had some incredible highs and some tough lows, but that’s top line sport. I have learned a huge amount during that time, about myself and life in general, and the drive is still very strong for the sport; I still enjoy it a lot. It’s another number, but it would be good to get a good result to mark it."
In the sister Red Bull, reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel secured a front row start alongside pole-sitter Nico Rosberg, trailing his fellow German by 0.254 seconds.