Webber needs to get the jump on Seb

Date published: September 23 2011

Mark Webber concedes he needs a better start to the Championship next season if he hopes to challenge Sebastian Vettel…

Mark Webber concedes he needs a better start to the Championship next season if he hopes to challenge Sebastian Vettel.

Although Webber was able to fight his team-mate for much of last season, this year was a different story entirely. While Vettel has won eight of the 13 grands prix run, Webber has yet to claim a single race win.

As a result, he is trailing his team-mate by 117 points and once again will have to sit back and watch while Vettel takes his second successive World title.

“He (Vettel) had a great run at the start of the year,” Webber said. “I wasn’t really on top of everything at the start. I had quite a few reliability issues as well, which is never ideal.

“My form has improved in the last few races, but unfortunately when I was in the lead in Germany I didn’t have the car to win anyway.

“That was difficult, and then there was Spa, which was probably the most frustrating race of the year. I was the quickest guy in the race, but I had to deal with a tough start and I missed the safety car with a free pit stop.

“It was a missed opportunity, but that happens, and anyway it was going to be very difficult for me to put a championship together against Seb given the start he had.”

The Aussie concedes that next year he needs to up his game, both in qualifying and in grands prix if he wants to take the fight to the German.

“We need to have a better start to the Championship.

“I need to have a similar year to last year, to out-qualify him more often, which was certainly the case last year, to get track position and get the (first) stops.

“That is important. If you don’t get that you are always going to finish one position behind.

“If you are on the road one-two or two-three, you never really get the momentum.”