• Malaysian Grand Prix

Webber laments KERS failure

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber loses positions at the start of the race © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber was left ruing a KERS failure on his car at the Malaysian Grand Prix, which left him powerless to defend his position at the start of the race and during wheel-to-wheel battles.

Webber started fourth but dropped to tenth in the opening laps as he got swamped by the fast-starting cars behind him. He said not having KERS created problems throughout the race as he struggled to match rivals using the system under acceleration.

"It was a tough race today," he admitted. "It wasn't a good start out of the box and we had a failure with the KERS, so I was out of position on the first lap. For the first three or four laps, I was trying to pass people, but they were coming back at me on the straights; it was tough to clear people when I didn't have KERS."

Webber pitted early and adopted a four-stop strategy, which put him in contention for a podium at the end of the race behind Nick Heidfeld.

"I fought back with a good strategy and got some good points at least. It wasn't our day today and I was disappointed not to get on the podium. It was close, but not close enough. But, it will come and now we go to Shanghai."