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Fourth 'wasn't the maximum' - Webber

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Mark Webber passed team-mate Sebastian Vettel for fourth towards the end of the race © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber said he was happy to secure his third consecutive fourth place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix but thinks the car was capable of more.

Webber started from fifth on the grid and dropped to ninth at the start, but adopted a three-stop strategy to work his way back through the field despite a nasty moment when he took off in the run-off area at turn 13.

"Trying to get the balance right for the whole race was very tricky," he said. "In the end, fourth was not too bad; it wasn't the maximum, but it's very tight between the teams at the front. At some points of the race, I saw P13/ P14 on the board, so I have to be satisfied with fourth place. I made a few mistakes running wide trying to push onto the back straight, it's hard there as you can get onto the marbles."

Webber is just nine points off Lewis Hamilton at the top of the standings, but urged his Red Bull team to keep improving the car as much as possible.

"I think the strategy was good, but it's always a gamble with the three stop, as to what traffic there might be. Congratulations to Nico, he deserves the victory, and also to Mercedes. For me it's three fourths on the bounce now, it's good points and we leave here reasonably satisfied, but we need to keep boxing and keep improving."

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