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Car development didn't favour Vettel - Webber

Chris Medland December 14, 2012 « Haug exit leaves 'a massive hole' - Schumacher | DAMS announces Ericsson and Richelmi »
Mark Webber led his Red Bull team-mate by two points during the summer break © Press Association
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Mark Webber said that Red Bull's car development in 2012 didn't favour team-mate Sebastian Vettel more than him.

After the Italian Grand Prix Webber was just eight points behind team-mate Vettel with the pair having been close all year. However, following an upgrade introduced at the next race in Singapore Vettel went on to win four races in a row and ended the season over 100 points clear of his team-mate.

Webber admitted in 2011 that he struggled to adapt his driving style to the exhaust-blown diffuser compared to Vettel, but when asked by ESPN if the Singapore update took this year's RB8 away from him in relation to his team-mate Webber replied: "Not really, no.

"Singapore's been a track - there and Hockenheim - that were the two venues that were probably my weakest performances of the year, although we had a howler with strategy in Singapore to rub salt in the wounds. So not really; I was strong in Suzuka, I was very strong there and Seb and I were on the front row. I was strong in Korea, I was strong in India.

"So I was not uncompetitive after Singapore, it was just that we had an alternator, we had Grosjean, we had things which are like dropping your toast and it lands butter-side down or whatever. That's just the way things were going at some stages."