• Malaysian Grand Prix

Vettel deserved victory, says Webber

ESPNF1 Staff
April 4, 2010 « KERS being considered for 2011 | »
Mark Webber congratulates Sebastian Vettel © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber said team-mate Sebastian Vettel deserved victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Although the Australian started from pole position, Vettel made a superb start overtake Webber at the first corner from third on the grid.

Webber briefly fought to regain his position but Vettel defended his place to lead for the remainder of the race and secure his first win of the season.

"We know these days with the strategy and the way the race unfolds the first part of race is crucial. I got a little bit of wheel-spin and on the run to first corner Seb had a big tow," said Webber. "I didn't really know where Nico was either, I didn't know whether to go middle or left, so I braked late, I had a bit of a better exit and the fight continued up to Turn 4.

"We had a chat with Christian Horner at start and he said 'Behave yourselves' and we did. The spirit and chemistry in our team is awesome. It was a good fight today but he deserved the victory."

Although the Red Bull team has dominated qualifying in all three grands prix in 2010, technical gremlins have denied them race victories in both Bahrain and Australia. For Webber, it makes the result that much sweeter.

"First and second is sensational. It has been a tough few races where clearly we didn't finish where we should, so coming to the weekend, you will take this kind of result. I would like to be one step further up, but we executed a perfect weekend."