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Williams result 'unreal' - Webber

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Mark Webber: "It's been a very difficult season to predict, and it remains impossible to read" © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber has described Pastor Maldonado's victory in the Spanish Grand Prix as "an unreal result".

While Red Bull dominated the 2011 championship, Maldonado's victory saw Williams become the fifth different winning team in the opening five races. Having only amassed five points in total during a dismal season last year it's a huge upturn in fortunes for Williams and Webber wrote in his BBC column that he was hugely surprised by the victory.

"It's an unreal result considering the last two or three years Williams have had, which have been very difficult apart from the odd highlight here and there," Webber said. "Pastor was on for a good result in Melbourne at the start of the season before he crashed behind Fernando Alonso on the last lap, and you just thought: "When are they going to have a tonic?"

"That result in Spain was exactly the tonic they deserved. I think a podium would have been enough. But a win? Bloody hell."

Webber added that it wasn't a case of Williams scraping a win, pointing out that the field has been starting to spread out in recent races.

"I saw the scoreboard on the race-control tower during the race and I would never have had my money down on Fernando (Alonso) not being able to do it, especially when he won the start. Pastor was the fifth different winner in five races this year. It's been a very difficult season to predict, and it remains impossible to read.

"Up until China the races were very close, with the field closely packed together. Then in Bahrain and now Spain we've had some big gaps and the field has been spread out. In Bahrain there was a 20-second gap behind the guy who was third, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, which I fell into. But if I'd been that far behind in China I would have been outside the points."