• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying

Webber bemoans 'scrappy' qualifying

ESPNF1 Staff
November 12, 2011 « Vettel had to dig deep for pole | Lap 'not perfect' - Button »
Mark Webber didn't improve on his final lap and was relegated to fourth by Jenson Button © Getty Images

Mark Webber said that his final qualifying run was "scrappy" and that he could have found more time after qualifying fourth for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After the first runs in Q3 the top three drivers were separated by less than 0.2s, and with Jenson Button having made a mistake it looked like being a four-way shootout for pole position. While the two McLaren's improved, however, Webber couldn't go any quicker and dropped down to fourth place. With his Sebastian Vettel taking his 14th pole position of the season, Webber told the BBC that sometimes he is unable to match his team-mate, but that today wasn't one of those days.

"It's alright but on the last run ... it was just scrappy, and we had to communicate a little bit more than we would have liked with a few little things that we were trying to manage so that was a bit of a pain to prep the lap like that," Webber said. "But in the end, disappointed with the last lap really. There's certainly more there obviously. Sometimes you see Seb's lap and you think 'wow I can't do that', he did a good lap for sure but I didn't feel like I got the most out of it when it counted today."

Looking ahead to the race, Webber said that his main hope was for a McLaren to get ahead of Vettel in order to slow the pace, as he expects that overtaking will be difficult.

"Hopefully McLaren stir things up in the first lap - slipstreaming or whatever - which they've done in the past. So it'll be an interesting first sector and then we'll get in to the race from there. I don't know how exciting the race is going to be to be honest, I think in terms of overtaking ... I think this track is traditionally pretty hard to pass on. We'll see how the DRS's go, but we've seen around here be tricky in the past so it's all going to be down to the DRS unfortunately and in the stops, so we'll see how we go."