Webber left to rue poor start in Belgium
25 August 2013 – Mark Webber says he was "put on the back foot" after suffering a poor start to the Belgian Grand Prix, the Red Bull driver losing three places on the first lap of the race.
Having struggled to fine tune his clutch settings, Webber dropped to sixth as the field navigated La Source for the first time, the Australian ultimately unable to regain more than one position amid increased tyre degradation in the wake of rivals' cars.
"The two practice starts before the race weren't great and so we were a bit worried about the clutch going to the start, which put us on to the back foot," Webber admitted to reporters. "We tried our best, but lost a couple of rows off the line which is not good.
"We then had to try and clear people on the track, which was difficult, as we had set up the top gear to race in clean air, rather than pass. The bad start put us out of position and it snowballs from there, as you use up the tyres trying to get back into position."
With Sebastian Vettel claiming a dominant race win at Spa-Francorchamps, the Red Bull team-mates are now separated by 82 points in the championship standings.