Webber: Tyre battle was tough
Mark Webber said he felt "incredible" after winning in Monaco for the second time, particularly after having to overcome tyre warm-up issues.
Last Updated: 27/05/12 6:21pm
Mark Webber says he feels "incredible" after winning in Monaco for a second time in wake of an impressively controlled performance in Sunday's race.
Webber led for most of the race in Monte Carlo, but with weather a constant threat and teams opting for a 40-lap run on soft tyres it was always going to be a tough task to make a one-stop strategy work.
The Australian, who lost the lead to team-mate Sebastian Vettel mid-race as the German ran a longer first stint on the soft tyres, eventually held off Nico Rosberg by less than a second with the first six frontrunners covered by around six seconds after a concertina effect in the last 10 laps.
But Webber was predictably happy afterwards, saying: "I feel incredible. It was a very interesting race, reasonably straight-forward at the start, just managing the gap to Nico.
"But then the weather was threatening at the first pit-stop window, but Nico went for it, and people had to react.
"The second half of the race was very strange because it was very hard to get the soft tyre warmed up.
"I had very low front grip, I had to manage things around that, and I had to make sure Seb didn't get a gap of 21 seconds. That was not part of the plan."
Webber joins Vettel on 73 points in the Drivers' Championship, just three behind new outright leader Fernando Alonso, and added: "I'm really glad to have won here again, it's a great victory for me."