Webber’s title hopes are over as finishing streak crashes out in Abu Dhabi

Mark Webber
Mark Webber

Mark Webber’s 23-race finishing streak ended at Abu Dhabi on Sunday when he was taken out on lap 37 and he got his come uppance according to rival Felipe Massa.

At the time of his race-ending crash, Webber was involved in a four-car scrap for fifth place, when Romain Grosjean unexpectedly veered across the track and hit Mark’s right rear wheel, breaking his suspension.

But Ferrari driver Massa fumed after the race that Webber should have been disciplined by race stewards after cutting him up and putting his car into a spin on turn 13.

Speaking about the incident that ended his own race, Webber said: “I probably should have hung back a bit.

“It was getting pretty heated and it’s not unusual for that lot to hit each other.

“But I thought there was an opportunity to pass all of them down the inside and had it not been for Grosjean moving across to avoid Perez, it would have worked.”

It was a frustrating end to a weekend during which the Aston Clinton man had driven well and his RB8 had proved quick. He was the fastest Red Bull driver in qualifying, lining up second on the grid and despite a less-than-ideal getaway a podium was still on the cards.

“Absolutely nothing worked out for me in this race,” says Mark. “I was slow away, which meant I dropped back to fourth and I was stuck in traffic thereafter.

“The car was strong when I was running on my own, but I was hardly ever in clear air and there seem to be a lot of incidents on this track when cars are running close together.”

“This place isn’t my favourite track, but a golfer can’t only play par threes and I have to perform everywhere too. I was pleased with how I drove, particularly in qualifying, but it wasn’t to be in the race. That’s racing.”

The penultimate race of the season takes place in Austin, Texas on November 18.