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Driver of the Day - Mark Webber

Despite Lewis Hamilton's stunning drive to victory, there could only be one driver of the day in China.

And that man was Red Bull's Mark Webber who finished third on Sunday, even though he started the race 18th on the grid.

He didn't even have the benefit of a good start to help him catch up to the front quickly, in fact after 15 laps, he had gained just one position.

But Mark Webber ran his strategy in reverse to everyone else, so while they were on the soft Pirelli compound, Webber got his hard prime tyre out of the way. Then due to the apparent benefit of not running in Qualifying sessions two and three, Webber had brand new soft tyres to take advantage of and that proved to be the difference as a late surge while everyone else was struggling for grip saw him sneak past Jenson Button for a spot on the podium and all of this without KERS.

'I had to pass everybody, I really earned it. The car put up such a fight and the guys never gave up.' the Australian told the BBC.

'The first stint was extremely difficult because of the prime tyre I was on while everyone else was on softs which gave them a big advantage.

'I did my best getting past one or two, after that we just got our heads down and I never gave up. I got past Fernando [Alonso] and I made sure the guys ahead of him were going to be mine too. I just said to myself 'Be mine, be mine'.


Despite the tyre strategies playing a large part in adding to the spectacle of a sensational Grand Prix and Mark Webber being one of the major beneficences, the Red Bull driver himself isn't convinced it's good for the sport.

'I'm still not a huge fan of how it is; sometimes the overtakes are not all that genuine because the guys don't have anything to fight back with.'

Well Mark, if it creates races like this every week you better get used to it!

VitalF1.com Previous Drivers Of The Day 2011

Australia - Vitaly Petrov

Malaysia - Nick Heidfeld

China - Mark Webber








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Date:Monday April 18 2011

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