• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

'Nothing really worked out' - Webber

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber had another poor start which left him in fifth place by the end of lap one © Sutton Images

Mark Webber said that "nothing really worked out" for him as he retired from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Having started second, a poor start relegated Webber to fourth, with Fernando Alonso soon passing him to leave him fifth early on. Attempting to pass Pastor Maldonado, Webber was tipped in to a spin and then later trying to recover he was caught up in the aftermath of a collision between Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez.

Webber said he felt that his car was quick enough to challenge for victory but that he struggled to display its true potential.

"Nothing really worked out for us today," Webber said. "I think we were strong, but we never got free air and it's difficult here with traffic; we saw quite a few incidents where people were trying to pass.

"Ultimately, in the incident that ended my race, I tried to go down the inside when the cars ahead made contact, I thought there was an opportunity, but then Grosjean made contact with my car and that was the end for us. Whatever we tried today, it just wasn't working out."

Team principal Christian Horner believes that Webber was blameless for the collision which forced his retirement.

"For Mark, unfortunately after not a great start, he got involved in an incident with Maldonado that spun him around and cost him time, just as he was looking to come back at Fernando Alonso. He recovered well and we made our stop, which was the fastest of the day and got him ahead of Maldonado who he was racing at that stage. Then, as he was closing down on the cars ahead, an incident with Perez, Grosjean and [Paul] di Resta left him with no where to go and unfortunately he was a victim of their actions."