Webber: I got the most out of today
13 October 2013 – Mark Webber believes that second position was the maximum available to him given his differing three-stop strategy during Sunday afternoon's Japanese Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver, who slipped behind Lotus rival Romain Grosjean at the start, feels the approach put him "on the back foot" as the race entered its closing stages, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel completing one less stop to take the victory.
"The race was pretty good. Obviously I would like to be one step higher but there were different strategies going on," said Webber after claiming his fifth podium finish of the season. "Seb pitted later, so that unloaded his race a little bit better than mine.
"I'm pretty happy with second, butyou always want a bit more. I got the most out of what I could. I was trying to pace the car on the tyres and make sure they survived."
Red Bull's one-two finish is only its second of 2013, after the Malaysian Grand Prix.