• Singapore Grand Prix

Webber applauds leftfield strategy

ESPNF1 Staff
September 26, 2010 « Heidfeld confident he will stay in F1 next year | »
Mark Webber fought his way through the field and came together with Lewis Hamilton © Sutton Images

Mark Webber believes his alternative strategy paid off at the Singapore Grand Prix and was happy to settle for third after a tough race.

Webber was the only front-running driver to pit under the safety car, dropping him down the order and forcing him to fight through traffic. The strategy, which ultimately worked, revolved around him putting in quicker laps than the McLarens and leapfrogging them when it was their turn to pit. However, Webber was forced to muscle his way past midfield drivers and admitted that he had doubts when the team first told him to come in.

"The team told me to pit, which I questioned, but they assured me it was the right thing," he said. "I wasn't sure and knew it was going to be a long stint on the primes, but when we came out and re-queued behind the safety car I realised I was in a reasonable position. I passed a few guys, then got to Rubens [Barrichello] who was driving very well and I couldn't clear him."

He passed comment on his coming together with Lewis Hamilton, which brought an end to the McLaren driver's race, but did not apportion blame.

"We then had another restart and it can be difficult to get away cleanly when you have back-markers involved," Webber added. "I got caught up behind one the Virgin cars, he was doing his best, but Lewis got a good run on me and unfortunately we made contact. It's obviously not desirable, as it was a key part of the race for me to maintain my position. Fernando [Alonso] and Sebastian [Vettel] drove fantastic races today. They drove well all weekend and it was a good race for everyone to see, I'm very happy with third."