Webber Laments Missed Podium

Australian Mark Webber was disappointed after missing out on a podium position at the Japanese Grand Prix

Webber Laments Missed Podium

The Williams driver ran in the top three for a big part of the race, but eventually had to concede his position to World Champion Fernando Alonso, who relegated Webber to fourth.

Although it was one of Webber's strongest performances of the season, the Australian could not hide his disappointment at missing the podium.

"We did pretty well today, but I am not completely happy with my position, because this is not the result we wanted, after all," said Webber. "The most positive part today was the job the team did at both pitstops, when we passed Coulthard first and then Button, but in the final laps I just could not hold Alonso behind me.

"The car has clearly improved because the guys in the aerodynamic department keep pushing and BMW is giving us a strong engine but today we couldn't compete on the straight."

Teammate Antonio Pizzonia had a disappointing day too, the Brazilian spinning out of the race after just 10 laps.

"I spoilt my race just making a mistake really," he admitted. "I hit a kerb on the inside, which I shouldn't have done and lost the rear of the car. That was it, really.

"All I can take for me is the experience of learning the track and putting another race under my belt. Unfortunately it didn't end the way we wanted."

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