Saturday, October 29, 2011

Webber happy with 'good foundation'

Mark Webber will start second thanks to Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty

Mark Webber said that he has "laid a good foundation" ahead of the Indian Grand Prix by qualifying in third place.

Webber was just 0.034s slower than Lewis Hamilton in the fight for second place, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel on pole. He will start second though as Hamilton will drop three places on the grid for an infringement in FP1, and although Webber said that he struggled to get the most out of his tyres during the session, he was pleased to be starting on the front row.

"It's been a good challenge for all of us, a new venue," Webber said. "Tricky to work out the right strategy for qualifying, obviously the tyres weren't easy for one timed lap so we had to work out how we were going to do the strategy. Obviously lots of teams tried different styles to get the best lap time out of the car.

"First sector was tricky to get right on one timed (lap). So I could have done better in the first sector on my first lap, or my only run basically because then I got yellow flags obviously with Felipe so couldn't do my second lap. But overall a good job for the team, come to a new venue and prepared well so laid a good foundation for a very good race tomorrow."

When asked if team orders may come in to play in the race as Red Bull tries to secure a one-two in the drivers' championship, Webber said he wanted to earn the victory himself.

"I don't want any positions from Sebastian, nothing has changed."

Source: ESPNF1

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