Webber: P2 the maximum we could achieve

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Mark Webber believes that second place on the grid is the “maximum” that he could have achieved at Monza today following Sebastian Vettel’s domination of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Webber was his teammate’s closest challenger throughout qualifying, but he could not do enough to stop the German driver from claiming his fourth pole of the season and the fortieth of his career.

“After yesterday we thought we could challenge for the front row, but you never know and as we saw in Belgium and today, the grid can sometimes get a bit mixed up,” Webber said after qualifying. “But overall we stayed strong and have to focus on ourselves.

“The guys did a very good job; it’s not an easy track to pull everything together over one lap. The result is the maximum for the team and it was pretty much the maximum for me today.”

Webber acknowledged that Vettel’s pace was simply too good for him to compete with on Saturday, with the German driver finishing quickest in all three qualifying sessions.

“Seb has always been very strong here and he’s a tough nut to crack at this venue. I hope to have a strong race from there tomorrow.”

The Australian driver will be hoping to end his lacklustre run at Monza this weekend, recording a best finish of sixth since first racing at the circuit in 2002. With second place being his best ever qualifying result here, Webber is well-placed to record his first podium in Italy in what will be his final grand prix in Europe before he retires at the end of the season.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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