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Webber satisfied with second in Japan

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber still leads the drivers' standings by 14 points © Getty Images

Mark Webber said he was happy to finish second behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel and maintain his lead at the top of the championship standings.

Webber lost ground to a fast-starting Robert Kubica at the start but after the retirement of the Renault driver he was unable to get close enough to his team-mate to mount a serious challenge.

"It was a very good day for me," said Webber. "I was close to Seb in qualifying and obviously we know how crucial that is and after that it was going to be difficult for me to win the race unless I got the start. From then on it was really a little bit of luck when Robert had the wheel nut come off and I could see it for most of that first lap and there was some debris coming back towards me. I was pretty keen to pass and I asked permission from Charlie [Whiting] to see if I could pass under the safety car and in the end Robert pulled over.

"Then on the restart, it is a beautiful track but basically a formation finish for Sebastian and it is very difficult to get much closer to a second or a second and a half."

Second place means that Webber still leads the drivers' standings by 14 points, a position he is happy with going into the Korean Grand Prix.

"I was very happy with how I drove and congratulations to Seb, he deserves the victory and did a very good job and Fernando didn't drive too badly for third. So all in all a good day for all of us and I am happy with my position."