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Webber disappointed by qualifying performance

The Aussie wil start from fourth on the grid, and had to see again his teammate to mark the best time on qualifying.
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Abu dhabi, Nov 12, 2011 (AFP) - Mark Webber was left feeling dissatisfied after qualifying in fourth position for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Australian looked set for a strong qualifying session after some encouraging performances during free practice.

However, the 35-year-old was once again overshadowed by his Red Bull team-mate and recently crowned double world champion Sebastian Vettel, 24, who claimed his 14th pole position of the season.

"We had to communicate a little bit more during the lap than we would have liked with little things we were trying to manage," said Webber.

"So it was a bit of a pain to prep the lap like that. In the end I'm disappointed with the last lap really. There was certainly more there.

"Sometimes you see Seb's lap and you go wow I can't do that but while he did a good lap for sure, I didn't feel I got the most out of it today."

Webber also suggested it would be difficult to overtake during Sunday's race and hopes to make the most of a quick pit-stop.

"Hopefully McLaren can stir things up on the first lap, slipstreaming or whatever, which they have done a little bit of in the past," he said. "It will be interesting first sector and then we will get into the race from there.

"I don't know how exciting the race is going to be in terms of overtaking to be honest. This track is traditionally hard to pass on, we'll see how the DRS goes, but we've seen around here it's been tricky before. It will be all down to DRS and the pitstops."

German Vettel was delighted to be on pole position again, but is expecting tough competition from McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who qualified second and third respectively.

"When I crossed the line I looked up to the monitor and I couldn't read the laptime, but the green was good so I was very pleased."

"It is going to be a long race, a fun race, as we have seen all weekend," he added, "McLaren are very competitive on the long runs as well, and they will be very quick in the race."

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