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British Grand Prix: Mark Webber compares race to Russian roulette

Aussie recovers from early struggle to finish second

Last Updated: 30/06/13 6:38pm

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Red Bull's Mark Webber compared the British Grand Prix to 'playing Russian roulette' after he fought back from 15th place to finish second behind Nico Rosberg at Silverstone.

The 36-year-old Australian, who announced on Thursday that he would be retiring from Formula One at the end of the season, was seeking a third victory at the Northamptonshire circuit, but came up just short in a race marred by four tyre failures.

Webber started from fourth on the grid but dropped back to 15th on the first lap, partly due to a first-corner contact with Romain Grosjean, but mainly because he crawled away from the starting line.

"It has been an incredible day. First there was the contact with Romain Grosjean and the wing was damaged. The boys did a great job changing that and then we got into the race," he said.

"I was praying for the Safety Car, but not with the way they were coming. It was Russian roulette.

"I made the most of them though, the strategy was one of our best, and yeah I thought: 'Here is Nico, the one car left.'

"It would have been nice to have a few more laps, but that is the way it goes. We could be standing here with punctures and no podium.

"I didn't have a clue what happened off the line. We've had two or three good starts in the last few races and then the lights went out and we were back to our normal form."

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