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Disappointment for Webber in Malaysia 21 Mar 2004

Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 March 2004 Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar R5 suffers a rear puncture.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Race Day, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 March 2004 Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar celebrates a career best second position in qualifying.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 March 2004 Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar R5.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 March 2004 Grid girl for Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Race Day, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 March 2004

After a dream start to his race weekend, taking P2 on the grid with a brilliant qualifying performance, Jaguar’s Mark Webber suffered from a nightmare conclusion.

“I am really disappointed with the outcome today after all our hard work and our fantastic place on the front row of the grid,” he said after the race, “I had a bad start with the car and things did not get much better after that.”

The Jaguar team has pledged to investigate why both Webber and his team-mate Christian Klien suffered such poor starts, Webber dropping almost all the way to the back of the pack. The Australian’s race proceeded to get even worse as he came back through the field with some spirited driving, only to collide heavily with Ralf Schumacher in a battle for position.

“After overtaking Ralf twice he hit me from behind,” claimed Webber, “my rear right tyre had a puncture and I may have suffered some damage, too. I then had to limp to the pits to be re-fuelled and have the tyres changed.”

Insult was added to injury when Webber was penalised by the race official for speeding in the pit lane, and awarded another drive-through penalty. He rejoined the race but was unable to make any real progress and spun out heading into the first corner on lap 23.

“The pace of the R5 is evident,” said Webber, “I know that the team are going to be working very hard over the next few weeks.”