Mark Webber feels unlucky to lose out to Vettel

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Mark Webber is delighted to have qualified so well for the British Grand Prix this weekend, although he did state that he felt slightly hard-done-by to have lost out to Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel.

The Australian driver finished just 0.009 seconds behind his triple-champion colleague, but Webber did concede that he had little chance of rivalling the Mercedes drivers on Saturday, who locked out the front row.

“We were up against it to get on the front row against the Mercs, they’re on another level as they have been for the last few events,” Webber explained in a team statement.

“It was disappointing to get pipped by Seb there at the end by a hundredth, it was very close. I was happy with the first part of my lap, but I could have done better in the last sector.”

However, Webber believes that Red Bull have found a happy medium between qualifying and race pace, whereas Mercedes are widely expected to struggle to continue their Saturday form tomorrow.

“We have a good balance for qualifying and race pace in terms of where we prioritised things. It should be an interesting race, we can get a good result from there.”

This will be Mark Webber’s final appearance at the British Grand Prix after he confirmed his retirement from F1 at the end of the season earlier this week.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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