Solid race strategy pays off for Webber
28 July 2013 – Mark Webber says a superior strategy resulted in him salvaging fourth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Australian having started tenth after suffering technical problems in qualifying.
Webber had elected not to set a time in Saturday’s final session, leaving him free to start the race on the longer-lasting Medium tyre. Completing just two pit-stops, the Red Bull driver reckons his squad’s plan yielded the best possible result.
"I think we had the right strategy," he began. "We knew there was a lot of pressure on getting a good first lap and I got some clear air, which worked well. The start was OK and the first sector was very good, I put a bit of pressure on Kimi [Räikkönen] and then we just settled in. I had a pretty tricky car for the first three or four laps, as I knew the option tyres were quite grippy and after that we just got our heads down."
He summed up: "I don’t think we could have got much more than that result today. The strategy was pretty solid and you have to pace the Option tyres until the end."
Webber's fourth-place finish sees move onto 105 points in the championship standings, 67 behind team-mate and current leader Sebastian Vettel.