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Webber avoids grid penalty

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Mark Webber qualified a provisional third place on the grid © Press Association

Mark Webber was given a reprimand from the stewards for missing a weight check during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.

Although he finally qualified third, Webber missed a request from the FIA to be weighed towards the end of Q1 at 12:19 local time. As a result, he was summoned to the stewards after qualifying, but after the incident was investigated the stewards decided against handing out a grid penalty for the incident.

Red Bull had secured first and third on the grid, with Sebastian Vettel taking pole, and speaking after the session Webber said the team would be focusing on trying to secure the constructors' championship.

"I'm pretty happy with qualifying actually," Webber said. "It's a very tricky venue in terms of tyres, circuit conditions and all those type of things together so it's easy to be out of the window here and not be super competitive if you don't get everything together. So I was pretty happy with the last part of Q3; we had to manage a little problem in the car which in the end I don't think would have cost us a position because the guys obviously were pretty quick and both did very strong lap times.

"I would have liked to have a little bit more pace but overall I'm happy to be third on the grid, it's certainly up there towards the front and we can have a very, very strong grand prix from there. It's a great job from the team, I think constructors wise we've got our eye firmly on that tomorrow to try to put that to bed and that will be a huge result for everyone at Milton Keynes and Renault."

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