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.

INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden quickest again in second practice at Road America

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Josef Newgarden continued to be quickest around Road America, first this morning and again this afternoon in the second practice session for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix.

Newgarden had a best lap in the second session of 1:42.6279, followed by rookie Robert Wickens (1:42.9025), Sebastien Bourdais (1:43.0020), Will Power (1:43.0545) and teammate Simon Pagenaud (1:43.1599).

Sixth through 10th were Graham Rahal (1:43.1995), Scott Dixon (1:43.4212), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:43.4755), Takuma Sato (1:43.5410) and Marco Andretti (1:43.6221).

One significant incident of note occurred during the session when Alfonso Celis Jr., making his IndyCar debut this weekend, lost control coming out of a turn and slammed into the tire wall, causing damage to his suspension.

The third and final practice session of the weekend will be Saturday at Noon E.T., followed by qualifying later in the afternoon.

The race will take the green flag on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. ET. It will be televised live on NBCSN.

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