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Webber admits bad luck has been 'difficult'

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Mark Webber admits it has been "difficult" to experience so much misfortune with his car this season.

Having retired from the Singapore Grand Prix due to a gearbox problem, Webber also saw poor reliability strike him in India as an alternator failure forced him to retire from second place. Asked if he was convinced that it was just a case of bad luck that was causing his him to experience such issues, Webber replied: "You can do the numbers.

"I'm sure the guys go to a lot of trouble - they want the two cars to do well - but we've certainly had our fair share this year which has been difficult for our side of the garage and difficult for us to go through in terms of a lot of results have slipped through the net, but that's the way that it's been for whatever reason."

Webber added that he was surprised to face so many problems this season but that he was happy with his form as his career draws to a close.

"The reason I got to Formula One was because I hung in there and fought like hell, probably against a lot of odds, managed to slip in there and got my F1 career under way. So it's a similar finish actually; I didn't expect to have the little challenges that I'm having in my last season. But for whatever reason we've ticked a lot off; whether it's fuel, tyres off in the pit stops, Budapest - KERS and seamless shift in qualifying - on weekends when I was competitive. Some weekends we can have those problems when you can still qualify towards the front, but some weekends where you can't. And not to mention the race non-finishes…

"So we certainly have ticked a lot of boxes which were unforeseen from a team which obviously has got very high standards. The last time we wrapped the constructors' up in America I had an alternator failure as well, so maybe there's something in that!

"I've been dealt a pretty good hand in my career. I look back at what I've achieved and what I've done; I still have a chance to get some very nice memories in the last three races. I'm happy my form has not been a problem, that's something which I can take away. I think it would be even harder to swallow - I know some guys have completely f****d up the timing, but I think the timing has still been OK for me. There are a lot of things that are out of your control, but that's just the way it is sometimes."

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