• Indian Grand Prix

Webber happy with third after KERS problem

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber finished third after a KERS problem © Sutton Images

Mark Webber said he could not defend from Fernando Alonso once he lost KERS at the Indian Grand Prix, but was happy to hold on for a podium in the final stages.

Webber started on the front row and was running a comfortable second to Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel when his KERS power boost stopped working on lap 45. Alonso put him under pressure and two laps later passed the Red Bull, but Webber said he was powerless to defend.

"It was very difficult to defend there because you need the KERS to get you out of that kind of corner," he said. "But I enjoyed the fight today. It was a difficult race and very difficult for me to get into a rhythm. We had a few issues we needed to manage in the car, but fair play to the other guys, it was a good tough and solid grand prix."

Webber's KERS also affected his brake balance, with the system using the rear axle to harvest under deceleration.

"Lewis and Fernando were very strong on the hard tyres and without KERS it was very difficult. I was happy with the way I drove and I will come back for Abu Dhabi."