• Bahrain Grand Prix

Webber satisfied with opening races

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber lost out to both Lotuses early in the race © Sutton Images

Mark Webber is satisfied with "a good start to the championship" after finishing fourth in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

While his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel won at Sakhir to take the championship lead, Webber was a distant fourth behind the two Lotuses of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. The result moved him up to third in the championship standings - five points away from Vettel - and Webber admitted he'd had to "consolidate" in the race having been unable to match the pace at the front.

"It wasn't a bad start," Webber said. "I didn't have KERS for the first lap, so it was difficult to put pressure on Lewis, but then I got it back. In the first two stints, I couldn't stay with those guys - the two Lotus' and Seb - so I had to consolidate from there."

Webber said that he was pleased to have finished fourth in every race so far this season, with the close nature of the championship meaning he is well in the title mix.

"Lotus has a tidy car and when everything comes together, it works well - they did a good job today and it shows how tight the Championship is; there have been four different winners. I got some good points today and both drivers and Red Bull Racing are doing well in the Championships. It wasn't the most exciting race for me, but it's been a good start to the Championship. I'm looking forward to getting back to racing in Europe."