Mark Webber has said that he is “disappointed” by his third slot on the grid for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.
The Australian could not match the pace of team mate Sebastian Vettel and was even pipped to second by Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren.
“I couldn’t do the times today,” he said. “I was disappointed with my performance.
“Sebastian [Vettel] put in a good lap and I’m disappointed to get bumped off the front row. Mystified by the gap to Sebastian, and I’ll have to look at where I can improve. The guys have done a great job not the best job from me but the bar has been raised.
“Today didn’t go to plan. It was absolutely serious, we put everything forward and I wasn’t in the fight for pole so I need to address that and take it into tomorrow’s race.”
He paid tribute, nevertheless, to the team and the car, which looks awesomely fast.
“The most important thing out of today is to see potential of the car,” he added. “The team has done a phenomenal job, looking forward to tomorrow, we will learn a lot as we have learned a lot today.
“We got a snapshot today of what we might expect, there are still some questions but not as many, we have had a reasonable build up of testing. The team has got some good data to lean on to go into the grand prix tomorrow and put that all there…”
When asked if he could win in front of his home crowd, he played down the possibility.
“It’s never impossible,” he said, “but unfortunately I have let Lewis on the front row as well. It is a long season. Today you can get disappointed of course but we will go into tomorrow’s race trying to get [the] best result possible.”