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Webber takes blame for missing pole

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Mark Webber admitted a mistake in the last two corners of his qualifying lap cost him pole position at the United States Grand Prix.

Webber was on provisional pole after the first runs in Q3 but was beaten by Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the final attempt. He set the fastest first and second sectors of anyone but ran wide in the penultimate corner and lost time overall.

"You get two shots [in Q3] and we both had two sets of option [tyres]," he said. "The first part of the lap was very good and I was happy with that, but I didn't quite get [Turns] 19 and 20 as I wanted. If I'd just repeated what I'd done initially in Q3 it was going to be enough, but I just tried to squeeze a little bit more out and it's easy to unload the car a little bit in these conditions."

Webber admitted he was frustrated by his mistakes.

"Sometimes you're happy that you've given your best and you're on the front row, but this time we've let one slip through our fingers," he said. "We're up there and well done to Seb, he put three sectors together and I put two and half together and just dropped it in the last sector. It's not satisfying when you do that and it's not your job to do that."

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