Timing leaves Webber frustrated in P5

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Mark Webber has been left feeling frustrated after qualifying in 5th for the Malaysian Grand Prix. His teammate Sebastian Vettel managed to secure pole position, and the Australian driver has cited his timing as being the reason why he lost out.

“It’s disappointing to finish fifth,” he explained. “We didn’t get the timing quite right in the last part of Q3. I thought I had more laps.”

Webber was certain that he had the pace to challenge Vettel and the Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, who will start P2 and P3 respectively.

“We were quick enough, but we went too slow on the lap when we should have been going quick and it meant we didn’t get a last timed lap in.

“It’s frustrating when you put so much work in and know you could have done better.”

Despite his frustration, Webber was looking forward to the race tomorrow as he bids for his first Grand Prix victory since last year’s British Grand Prix.

“I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow. It should be interesting with the weather.”

Webber has shown signs of good pace in Malaysia this weekend, finishing as the quickest driver in FP1 on Friday. However, he could not match his teammate for raw pace towards the end of the session. Vettel was pleased with the result, but he refused to make any predictions for the race tomorrow.

“It was a good session in Q3 and it was clear what we had to do,” said Vettel.

“I’m pleased with the result. It’s a long race tomorrow and whoever wins will have done the best job. We managed to save some tires today which will help if the race is dry, but we will see.”

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”