Seventh place in the Bahrain Grand Prix gave Mark Webber his 100th points finish in Formula 1 in his landmark 200th grand prix.
It was an incident-packed race that saw the Aston Clinton star start from seventh, following the three-place grid penalty he carried over from China the previous weekend.
But Webber revealed everything started to go downhill when his tyres forced him to pit earlier than planned.
“The start of the race went okay,” Webber said.
“I made up a place straight away and was looking okay during the opening stint, but my race started to unravel during my second stint. I passed a lot of cars early on in that stint and climbed from 14th to second in the space of 13 laps, but my tyres couldn’t stand the pace and I was forced to pit early. That lengthened my third and fourth stints, which made me very vulnerable in the closing laps.”
Yet again Webber’s race tinged with an element of controversy as he was summoned to the stewards to discuss an on-track incident between him and Nico Rosberg.
In the end he was issued with a reprimand for causing the slight coming together between the pair.
“We were racing, I was the car in front and I was taking my line,” Webber explained.
“Roll on the next race in Barcelona. I’ve won at the track before and I’ll be looking to get back onto the podium there.”
The Spanish GP takes place in three weeks on May 12.