• Belgian Grand Prix

Webber rues inability to overtake

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Mark Webber: "It was not possible for us to fight other people on the straight line" © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber said his lack of straight-line speed severely hampered his chances of overtaking and scoring a better result at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Webber finished the race sixth at Spa-Francorchamps despite running as high as fourth at one stage of the race. His two-stop strategy proved slower than team-mate Sebastian Vettel's one-stop, but his inability to overtake meant he could not make the most of his car's pace.

"We settled into a steady race and it became very obvious that it was difficult for us to overtake on track," Webber said. "Obviously Seb and I had a little fight, which was fine, but you could see after Eau Rouge [in the DRS zone] it was not possible for us to fight other people on the straight line."

He said his two-stop strategy did not pay off and it didn't help to be stuck behind Caterham's Vitaly Petrov at one stage.

"We tried to undercut some people, but then you're starting to roll the dice. I had Vitaly on the outlap, he was just doing his thing, but I lost time there. But the stars just didn't line up too much after the start and we didn't get the most out of the situation."

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