Webber frustrated after timing error in qualifying

2013 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013Mark Webber said it was “frustrating” to qualify fifth for the Malaysian Grand Prix after he mis-timed his final lap in qualifying.

“I think we got out of the car what we could have done on the laps when I was pushing,” he said after qualifying. “We basically didn’t push when the track was at its quickest.”

“We thought we had a bit more time, well I thought I had a bit more time and more laps to play with. In the end I got the red flag, or red light when I went to open the last lap.”

Team principal Christian Horner said that while Webber had chosen to spend the session on one set of intermediates, Sebastian Vettel had opted for a fresh set.

“Both drivers had the choice of one [lap] and one [lap] or five timed [laps],” said Horner. “Sebastian immediately came on the radio and said he wanted to make a pit stop after the first time so that’s why we ended up doing one and one and Mark elected to stay out for five laps.”

“It was a shame because we timed it that he was going to get the chequered flag jut right he’s be the last car over the line which those conditions you want to be.

“Unfortunately he just backed of a bit too much, he let Lewis Hamilton past and that last lap. I think he thought it wasn’t his last lap but it certainly was. he crossed the line, he was the first car to cross the car after the chequered flag we’d set it up nicely for him to be the last to get a lap in.”

Webber said it was “frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

“We’re fifth and we can still race from there,” he added.

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