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Webber: Vergne knew I was there

Sunday 14-April-2013 10:42

Mark Webber thought Jean-Eric Vergne had "opened the corner" for him before shutting it, resulting in the two colliding.

Having started from the pitlane after changes were made to his RB9 overnight, Webber's day went from bad to worse as he attempted to work his way through the field.

Chasing down Toro Rosso's Vergne, the Aussie dived up the inside only to have Vergne slam that door shut with the impact resulting in Webber needing a new front wing.

"I was regrouping and coming through the field and got to Jean-Eric," the frustrated Red Bull driver told Autosport.

"I was coming from a reasonable distance back but he knew I was there.

"He was really, really wide and looking like he opened the corner and was giving me the line.

"But we got to the apex and he took it.

"It's disappointing. He was entitled to do that, but if he'd just gone around the outside we would've both survived."

However, Webber's day then turned into a disaster when, laps later, he was forced to retire after his right rear wheel came off while out on track.

"[The collision] wasn't the end of the world as we were only a couple of laps off stopping for tyres anyway.

"The guys thought the wheel was done, but it came off on the out-lap."

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