• Monaco Grand Prix

Webber underwhelmed with third place

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber followed home team-mate Sebastian Vettel in third place © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber admitted it wasn't an exciting race as he finished third in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Starting from fourth, Webber held station at the start of the race and only managed to make up one place when he jumped Lewis Hamilton as the Mercedes pit during a safety car period. Having struggled with his starts in recent races Webber said it was "sod's law" he couldn't benefit from a good one in Monaco, but that it was solely a race of tyre preservation from that point.

"For us, we knew it was a little bit against us starting from the second row but I got an absolutely incredible start," Webber said. "Sod's law is it's the shortest run to the first corner, so I think Seb and I had nowhere to go really so we were lifting because obviously Nico and Lewis looked like they had pretty tricky ones so we'll try and save some of those starts for future reference.

"After that it was just basically saving the tyres and making the one-stop work. It was completely predictable that if the race was going to stack up then the two-stop was not really an option to come back in to traffic. So we had to go very long, all of the drivers were nursing the cars very aggressively.

"It was nice to get Lewis; obviously it's never nice to lose positions around the stops so I'm sure he's not too pleased with it but in the end we'll take that position. It was difficult to get the restarts going on the primes but in general just really driving round, saving the tyres and waiting for the chequered flag."