But perhaps Webber may have himself partly to blame, after yet again making a dreadful start from fourth on the grid, falling to ninth by the end of the opening lap. He recovered to sixth by the end of the race, and holds a slender five-point lead over Lewis Hamilton, who had led Webber by just three points coming into this weekend.
“We underperformed as a team today,” Webber told reporters after the race. “We could have capitalised and got more points, but we sniffed around just getting a few. It’s a bit disappointing, but at least we got some.”
Webber’s cause was not helped by his being held up by the Williams of Nico Hülkenberg in the closing stages, although he eventually overtook the German rookie. Webber’s frustrations stemmed from Hülkenberg repeatedly running off the circuit and cutting the chicanes – without being penalised – as he lost his car under braking.
“He spent every second lap going through the [run-off]. The stewards did a hard job on him… they left him alone, so that was interesting. That was my race,” he ruefully said.
“You’ve still got to make the most of opportunities, so it wasn’t the best day.”
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