Webber supportive of Red Bull strategy
27 October 2013 – Mark Webber insists he was fully behind Red Bull's Indian Grand Prix strategy, even though he had been set to finish behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel before retiring.
The Australian, who dropped out with an alternator issue on Lap 40, qualified and started on the Medium tyre, while Vettel adopted the reverse approach, emerging ahead as the opposing plans unravelled and ultimately going on to claim victory.
Although Webber could have made his switch to Pirelli's Soft compound tyre in the closing stages of the race, he opted to use them for an ultra-short second stint. But despite the plan working against him, he is refusing to bear any hard feelings.
"You've got to protect against a Safety Car," Webber explained to reporters after the race. "You've got to run the Softs for a few laps, which we did. If you put the Primes [Mediums] on again, you're a little bit exposed to the Safety Car and it could get tricky."
He added: "In the end I still have a smile on my face. I couldn't do any more today."