Was Webber ripped-off by getting pole?

Posted by Top Gear Australia at 9:30 am on Monday October 15, 2012

It’s going to take a miracle to stop Sebastian Vettel winnng his third world championship in a row now. After winning in Korea last weekend, he could wrap it up before Brazil at this rate. Maybe in Austin, Texas? The Americans would like that; as far as we know he’s the only F1 driver to have appeared on US late night television in the last decade.

Right at the moment it needed to up its game, McLaren has once again lost the plot, as well. Jenson Button was out on the first lap having managed to get hit by both Saubers. Not his fault, but what was he doing starting in the middle of the pack, where it can get messy? Paying the penalty for a bodged strategy in qualifying, basically. And, if the BBC is to believed, Lewis Hamilton started the race with the possibility of a one-stop strategy, and ended up stopping three times and finishing 10th. He started third, can we remind you…

Ferrari looks like it sorted its second driver problem with Felipe Massa once again showing he has still got it. Well most of ‘it’ anyhow. Fast, but never a challenge to Fernando Alonso. That’s what Ferrari wants. We guess that means both Force India drivers will be staying put, although that didn’t stop Nico Hulkenberg putting in a mighty weekend. Careful there Paul…

The empty seats now look to be at Sauber, with Perez having already signed for McLaren and Kobayashi having blown away any residual goodwill he might have generated with that podium in Japan. He’s messy, but we’ll miss him. Sauber also need to be careful though; under the direction of its ex-engineering director James Key, Toro Rosso looks to be on the move. Two cars in the top 10. Both ahead of McLaren.

So while Vettel is on track for the triple crown, the big question is this: what the hell happened to Webber? After that mighty qualifying lap, Vettel squeezed into the lead by the first corner, and that was that. Did Webber get an unfair wrap being on the dirty side of the track?

  1. popop said...
    Monday October 15, 2012 at 10:20 am Link to comment Report comment

    NONONONONO, dont buttlick TG, like it was said the pole position is on the wrong side of the track,and Webber is now known as the “first turn road block”. But how good are the Lotus boys, avoiding all the first lap nutters and then avoiding the pommy nutters.

  2. justrhysism said...
    Monday October 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Vettel got a cracking start, but even if they had the exact same start, and arrived at the corner with the exact amount of distance between the two, Vettel would have had better track position. It’s a crap first corner.

  3. Black dog said...
    Tuesday October 16, 2012 at 9:55 am Link to comment Report comment

    He knew were he was going to be,he just wanted pole like everyone else!
    he actually had the best start of the season i think.
    Can you imagine the de brief in the sauber camp…

  4. internationalist said...
    Tuesday October 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Getting off the line, especially when in pole position at the grid has always been a terrible weakness by Mark Webber.

  5. Red Terror said...
    Thursday October 18, 2012 at 10:44 am Link to comment Report comment

    Webber was on the clean side of the track, not the dirty so let’s get that straight to start with. Pole position is on the wrong side of the track, simple as that. Webber isn’t a great started anyway so he was doomed the moment he got pole. Wouldn’t surprise me if it was another strategy play by RB anyway & Seb’s little blow up on the radio was purely for our benefit.

  6. keshun said...
    Monday October 22, 2012 at 5:51 am Link to comment Report comment

    I love Ferrari! Alonso is great! Go-go-go!

  7. Speed Demon said...
    Monday October 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Umm didn’t see the race so have no idea, i’m sure Webber put in his best efforts what more can anyone ask for. Why are the commentators saying Lewis Hamilton is going from a successful team like Mclaren to a not middle of the pack team with Mercedes to replace the old and senial Micheal Shumarker, if thats true then it must be alot of money on the table.

  8. Black dog said...
    Friday October 26, 2012 at 10:25 am Link to comment Report comment

    yes speedy like 100mil!!,they paid bootmaker half that and he was rubbish,not sure what thier plan is,best get a decent car as the merc is very b grade to rb and fezza
    petronas has some knob in there that thinks paying the most for drivers will win races!

    2 years ago mark was on 9mil but i dont think seb and marks combined pay packet is anywhere near what lewis”the princess of f1″ is going to be on…

  9. popop said...
    Friday October 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Blacky,that 9 million skid Mark got is for everthing eg ads/commercials/endorsmen ts/after diner speaking etc, I think he only got few mill for driving.

  10. Black dog said...
    Sunday October 28, 2012 at 12:07 am Link to comment Report comment

    dont think so speedy 9 was his wages alone!
    everything else is on top,you dont get to own a f3 team on that.
    hes on 3 times that this season,a uk buisness blurb put webber at 25m for 2012.

    thats peanuts compared to button,hamilton etc

  11. popop said...
    Sunday October 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Lets hope the first turn road block[Webber]doesnt cause some poor bugger to rear end him again.

  12. popop said...
    Monday November 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    My god, what are you still doing in F1 Webber??????

  13. Black dog said...
    Monday November 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Good grief what a pharkup,worst start of the season only to get much worse,did someone spike his drink bottle for saying horse racing is crap!
    now poppy you cant say im not fair.

  14. popop said...
    Tuesday November 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Iv been telling you this for years now Blacky.

  15. adam said...
    Friday December 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    no

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