Webber Accepts Blame for Incident

Williams driver Mark Webber accepted the blame for a first corner collision with Juan Pablo Montoya at the European Grand Prix on Sunday

Webber Accepts Blame for Incident

The Australian, who had started third on the grid behind his team mate Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen, hit the Colombian's McLaren approaching the first corner, forcing Montoya and several other cars off the track.

Montoya managed to stay in the race but Webber's weekend was over.

The Williams team have struggled at the start of races this season and Webber said Sunday was no exception.

"Getting away hasn't been our strength," said Webber. "Both Nick and I obviously were on the back foot down to the first corner a little bit, but there's no excuse really to hit Juan Pablo.

"I was trying to defend against (Toyota's) Jarno (Trulli) because it was very important we stayed ahead of him and I just couldn't quite get it turned in at the apex so that was a shame.

"We were on a good strategy today actually, very different to Nick," he added.

"It's not up to Juan Pablo to give me room at that stage. I think he for sure turned in but he's got to go round the corner ... maybe if you had rubbed his sidepod it would have been better but wheel to wheel there's too much damage."

Montoya, who started fifth on the grid, was running in eighth at the halfway point of the race.

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