• Singapore Grand Prix

Disappointed Webber says Red Bull has to take medicine

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber: "Ultimately we're disappointed with today's result" © Sutton Images

Mark Webber said there was no obvious explanation as to why Red Bull was lacking one-lap pace on the super-soft tyres in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Webber could only manage seventh on the grid while team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who had looked like a contender for pole position up until Q3, qualified third. Webber said the team was struggling to understand what happened to the car's pace on the softer compound tyre.

"Ultimately we're disappointed with today's result," he said. "The gap to Lewis is ... well, he did a phenomenal series of laps, it wasn't just one. Sometimes you don't like the medicine but you've got to drink it.

"We had a tough hour to be honest. Q1 wasn't too bad, but then on the super-softs it was difficult for us on one lap. It was not the balance we were after on one lap that's for sure. We would have liked it to have been better.

"We're scratching our heads, but we can see where we lost some of that time. They [F1 cars] make a female look low maintenance these days, mate."

Webber was under investigation for blocking Timo Glock in Q1, but he said he thought nothing would come of it.

"I think we should be okay. Whenever we improve later in the session when we abort a lap we leave it there and I think Timo improved later in the session."