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'We got caught with our pants down' - Webber

ESPNF1 Staff
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Webber's team told him he had done enough to make it to Q3 © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber was left a frustrated man after his Red Bull team told him to come in as his time was good enough to make it into Q3. Webber pulled into the pits after his first flying lap in Q2 after his team radioed in that he was safe. But as the circuit gained in grip, Webber found himself bumped down the order and he will start from 12th on the grid.

"Ultimately I think the first lap in Q2 was very good, very competitive and that lulled us into a bit of a false sense of security," said Webber. "The team was very happy with the lap they said we don't need to go again and that's enough to get us through to Q3 so we parked the car away for Q3. Then ultimately the track just kept coming and people kept improving and we got caught with our pants down.

"I was happy with how I drove in quali, very happy with my laps. I've done races at the front here which is fantastic and races in the middle here which sucks so I need to see what I can do tomorrow to come through a bit."

A sheepish Christian Horner admitted afterwards that the team thought they had done enough to get Webber through.

"We thought we'd done just about enough," said Horner. "We knew that it was going to be very tight. He was just below the cut of that we worked out before. We were prepared to take a bit of a risk with it because the downside is you don't make it he's still got four new sets of tyres. Ideally the plan was to get him into Q3 and try and get a grid time to go with that last set of tyres available to him."

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