Webber's Bahrain podium drought extends

© F1 Pulse, 21 April 2013
© Clive Mason/Getty Images/Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber’s 200th Formula 1 race wasn’t quite a milestone for the Australian driver.

Starting from seventh, after a penalty, the Red Bull driver ended the Bahrain Grand Prix in the same position on Sunday, at a race where he has never stood at the podium.

His teammate Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, registered his second straight win at the event, and a dominant one at that.

"In the middle of the race I thought I could get on the podium, but then it was about pace management and it’s a fine line between racing and saving tyres," Webber said.

Webber was involved in a couple of battles during the course of the race which included a scuffle with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, an incident which caught the eye of the stewards.

Later Lewis Hamilton gave him a tough time for fifth place, which the Briton successfully snatched from Webber, who dropped another place to McLaren’s Sergio Perez.

"If you race people hard then you run out of tyres, but if you don't then they come through," he pointed out referring to his worn out Pirellis resulting from his fight with Hamilton.

Webber’s best finish at the Bahrain GP was fourth, which he achieved last year, in nine attempts.

 

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