Webber Hindered by Bizarre Problem

A bizarre problem ended Mark Webber's hopes of a good result at today's Japanese Grand Prix following a strong showing in qualifying.

Webber Hindered by Bizarre Problem

A bizarre problem ended Mark Webber's hopes of a good result at today's Japanese Grand Prix following a strong showing in qualifying.

The Jaguar driver, who had qualified in third position, was forced to retire on lap 21 after the cockpit of his car became increasingly hot. Webber pitted twice in the hope that the problem would be solved, but he eventually had to leave the race as the team were unable to rectify the situation.

"On lap seven I noticed that the cockpit was becoming increasingly hot and in particular my right-hand side," said Webber. "I pitted as planned on lap eleven and the team tried to cool me down and solve the problem.

"We could not find the cause for the heat and so I carried on in the hope that it would cool down or at least remain static. It didn't and the heat soon became excruciatingly hot and I had no option but to retire. I am of course disappointed that I could not have continued with the race and finished in the points.

"We enjoyed a good morning today and I hope that by securing third in qualifying goes some way to rewarding the team for their unwavering commitment and in addition highlights the pace and future potential of our car".

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