Webber: Pole slipped through my fingers

By on Saturday, November 16, 2013
Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull/Getty Images

Mark Webber was left to rue a minor mistake that he believes cost him pole position for the United States Grand Prix.

Webber set pole position provisionally and lowered his own benchmark, only for team-mate Sebastian Vettel to eclipse his time and take top spot.

Webber reckons that without a mistake at turn 19, he could have bettered the lap set by Vettel.

"I didn’t think I had done enough on the second run in Q3, we [Seb and I] both had two shots with two sets of options," he said.

"The first part of my final lap was very good, I was happy with that, but I didn’t quite get Turns 19 and 20; if I’d done what I did there initially in Q3, it would probably have been enough, but I tried to squeeze a bit more out and it’s easy to load the car a bit too much in these conditions."

Webber, who will start a Formula 1 race for the penultimate time on Sunday, reckons pole position slipped through his fingers.

"Sometimes you’re happy and think you’ve given your best, but today it slipped through the fingers," he said.

"Well done to Seb, he put the three sectors together and I put two and a half together. I just dropped it in the last sector and it’s not satisfying when you do that, but I’m still pretty happy with second."


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