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Mark Webber Q&A: I made a mistake and paid the price 24 Jul 2010

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 24 July 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 24 July 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 24 July 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 24 July 2010

After running wide on his last flying lap during qualifying, Red Bull’s Mark Webber didn’t shy away from blaming himself for his fourth place position on the Hockenheim grid. But despite his disappointment, Webber is feeling optimistic about his chances on Sunday…

Q: Are you happy with your qualifying result?
Mark Webber:
I made a mistake today on my last run. It was a pretty tight qualifying up until then, but I got Turn One wrong and I paid the price for it. I maybe would have been on the front row and I obviously also lost third place too. For the first time in a long time I am not on the front row, but I am looking forward to the race.

Q: Fernando Alonso is a tough competitor…
MW:
Well, all of the top five guys are very hard to race, so it will be quite an interesting race.

Q: Are you surprised Ferrari are so strong again?
MW:
Not really, as they were very quick in Silverstone. I also think they will be very quick next week. When I went to my favourite local pub I told the people that the odds are good and that they should bet on Fernando winning in Budapest. Maybe I was wrong and he’ll have won already here.

Q: How difficult will it be to get a good start on the dirty side of the grid?
MW:
I don't think it will be too hard, as GP2 looked okay today. I think both lines should be quite even.

Q: How much of a role will the tyres play?
MW:
I think they should be fine. I don’t see any big issues with the tyres. We haven’t seen that all weekend long so I don’t expect the race to be much different.

Q: Why do you think Michael Schumacher is 11th on the grid?
MW:
I think he basically did the same time as Nico. I think their car is not easy here and both of the Mercedes drivers did a good job. For Michael I think it's another Grand Prix and he is not bothered that this is his home race. There will be another chance next week in Budapest.

Q: How relieved are you that the McLaren updates did not work as well as expected?
MW:
I don’t jump to conclusions. Let’s wait and see after the chequered flag! In reality I don’t think that McLaren are really struggling, it’s more down to how competitive it is at the top. A blown diffuser won’t make you lose a championship. There is much more to it than that.