Webber claims fifth in tough race in Spain GP

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Mark Webber was pleased to finish fifth at the Spanish GP after enduring a difficult start in Montmelo.

The Aston Clinton driver had a terrible first lap and found himself floundering in 15th before storming back for a solid finish.

And while the Aussie was targeting the podium pre-race he said he was happy to finish as highly as he did.

“We were struggling for the range and a bit of pace to be honest, “ he said.

“The Ferraris and the Lotus were in a bit of a different league and that made it hard for us to compete today.

“I think we got the most out of what we had, particularly as by the first corner I was probably 14th or 15th, so to come back with that result was pretty good.

“We managed to get back in to the scheme of things, but we were always a little bit on the back foot in terms of tyre wear and ultimately pace.

“If you don’t have the pace, then you can’t have the magic strategy.

“I was happy with how I drove and we got some points, but it wasn’t the result we wanted.”

Webber’s close friend Fernando Alonso took victory at his home race to keep himself in the hunt for the title.

But for Webber, who has yet to win a Formula 1 title, his hopes of ending that spell this season already appear remote.

He currently sits sixth in the standings with Red Bull teammate Sebastien Vettel leading the way.

The German claimed fourth just ahead of Webber in Spain and Red Bull principal Christian Homer said it was a difficult day for the team.

“A tough race. Fourth and fifth places obviously weren’t the target going into the race, but the way it panned out it was obvious that tyre degradation was going to be a key factor,” he said.

“We didn’t quite have the pace today but we still managed to score some strong points.

“We made four pit-stops with both cars, saw some great work in the pit lane and recorded a succession of very fast stops. It was a good recovery after a difficult first lap for Mark.”