• Indian Grand Prix

Webber blames tyres for fourth

ESPNF1 Staff
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Losing out to Jenson Button early on proved crucial to Mark Webber's race © Getty Images

Mark Webber said a recurring problem of using his tyres up too quickly cost him a place on the podium in the Indian Grand Prix.

Webber started second and despite a reasonably getaway he lost a place to Jenson Button in to turn four. After that he spent the first stint close behind the McLaren before he faded and had to pit. The same happened in the second stint and dropped him behind Fernando Alonso after the pit stops, and Webber said it is a problem that has been rearing its head too often this season.

"We lost the podium in the middle of the race really," Webber said. "It's pretty much the general story of this year; I just don't have the pace at the end of the stints, so I run out of tyres and then lose strategy, it means I have to pit earlier and it makes life harder. In the end, I wasn't quick enough."

Webber also said that losing out to Button was crucial, because it forced him to push harder in an attempt to gain the place back.

"I had a reasonable pace at the start of the stints, but as they go on, we go back into the clutches of the other guys. We were struggling a little bit with the balance at the end of the stints. It was a good fight with Fernando, but the McLarens and Ferraris were pretty strong in the first sector, Jenson got me on the first lap on the back straight. I was quick against him in the first few laps, but after that, as soon as you fight you chew up the tyres. So that's the way it goes, disappointing, but now we go to Abu Dhabi."