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Webber still doubts Red Bull call

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Mark Webber only has four races left in his Formula One career © Getty Images

Mark Webber still believes Red Bull's strategy cost him his best chance of victory at the Japanese Grand Prix.

After three-stopping en-route to second place behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel at Suzuka, Webber said he was surprised Red Bull changed his strategy while Vettel won on a two-stop. Asked ahead of the Indian Grand Prix if he was satisfied the team made the right call having gone over the data, Webber said his opinion hasn't changed.

"I haven't gone over any data from the last race whatsoever," Webber said. "I still stand by what I said at the time that I was a bit surprised that we elected to do that. Having to three-stop you've got to pass two cars to win the race instead of maybe sticking to a two where we just focus on trying to beat Romain. So that was what I said at the time and is still pretty accurate today."

Asked if Vettel can be beaten in India, Webber said his rivals can't afford any issues across the weekend.

"Well he's on a phenomenal run obviously and with the circuit stats here for the last few years he's been pretty strong. It needs a perfect weekend: pole, a perfect race, perfect strategy, perfect everything to obviously put him off the top step so that's got to be the plan."

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