• Spanish Grand Prix

Webber was 'in a league of his own' - Vettel

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel was full of praise for Mark Webber © Sutton Images

Sebastian Vettel has admitted that his race-winning team-mate Mark Webber was "in a league of his own" at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Red Bull started from first and second on the grid but a poor pit stop and a problem with his right front wheel saw Vettel drop back to fourth position, well off the pace of Webber. After Lewis Hamilton crashed out from second Vettel moved up to third but conceded Webber's drive had been more impressive.

"A lot of things went wrong today," said Vettel. "The start was okay, there was no chance to get past Mark and not worth taking the risk. It was quite slippery where he was so I didn't want to go around the outside. I was not quick enough, I struggled with the balance. Mark was in a league of his own today."

Vettel said he had mixed feelings about salvaging 15 points from what was a very difficult afternoon.

"I don't know how to feel, third is not a bad position but I think we had a quite bad race today with quite a lot of things happening," he said. "It's good to take some points. We need to work and keep pushing. The car is fast, but you need to be able to use it every single time. It is a 50% chance of getting through: Mark had a race without any problems so for me it was the other way around."