Webber: Vergne did not cost me pole
7 September 2013 – Mark Webber has denied that Jean-Éric Vergne's off-track excursion at the Parabolica curve during late stages of Saturday's qualifying hour at Monza cost him pole position.
The Australian, who qualified second fastest, ended his final lap amid a wall of dust kicked up by the Toro Rosso machine, but he says the resulting time loss would not have been enough to usurp Red Bull team-mate and pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel.
"It hasn't been the best track for me, so it's a nice step towards a very, very good result tomorrow," began Webber. "We got there in the end during the sessions it counted, so I'm pretty happy with my laps. Jean-Éric went off at the Parabolica, I couldn't really see with the dust. It was a little bit tricky, but it wouldn't have been enough to beat Seb."
Webber added that he is not paying too much attention to the fact that Monza is his final European race, and has vowed to push for strong results until the final round.
"Brazil will be a little bit more emotional," he went on to explain. "If I've got the tissues out now then I've made the wrong decision! I'm looking for a clean weekend here and to get some very good results in the coming races. That's got to be the goal."