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Kamis, 11 Juni 2009

Webber: Button on another planet

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By Pablo Elizalde

Mark Webber said there was nothing he or team-mate Sebastian Vettel could have done to stop Jenson Button at the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday.

Although Vettel started from pole position, Button took the lead early on and went on to dominate the race, taking his sixth win in seven grands prix.

Webber, starting from fourth, made good use of a two-stop strategy to beat Vettel to second place, the German having stopped three times.

The Australian was pleased with his result, although he conceded Button was in a league of his own.

"I knew I had to hang in there for as long as possible in the first stint," said Webber. "It worked out pretty well and I managed to go a lap longer and save fuel, which helped me gain some time. I knew Sebastian's strategy and that I was in with a sniff of getting a podium finish.

"Both Sebastian and I knew that first place was gone and it was about who would finish behind Jenson - he was on another planet.

"The second stint was therefore crucial, I had to push really hard. When you're on a different strategy, the other guy is almost invisible until after the pitstops, but it turned out well for us and my engineer kept me updated with what was happening.

"I did enough in the middle stint to be able to jump Sebastian at the pitstops. Then, at the end we turned the engine down and brought the car home."

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