Not a mention of the other drivers still in the hunt, including his team mate, Sebastian Vettel. Right focus on Mark’s part or subtle mind games to Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and — probably to a lesser extent — Jenson Button? You be the judge:
â€œIt was very disappointing not to finish the race,â€ says Mark. â€œThe track conditions were treacherous due to the rain and I crashed at the exit of Turn 12. I lost the rear of the car on a kerb; it was 100 percent my fault and thatâ€™s the end of it. The only thing to do now is move on to the next race.â€
â€œWe had a fantastic fight on Saturday afternoon,â€ says Mark. â€œIt was nip and tuck throughout qualifying: he was quicker than me in Q1, I beat him in Q2 and he then took pole by 0.074s. That tiny margin would have given Seb a massive advantage in the race if it had remained dry because the clean side of the grid had much more grip than the dirty side. As a result, I was relieved to wake up on Sunday morning and see rain coming down because it cleaned the asphalt and levelled the playing field.â€
â€œIt was an enjoyable track to drive,â€ says Mark. â€œIt had three very distinct sectors: long straights in Sector 1, some fast changes of direction in Sector 2 and some tighter corners in Sector 3. It was also a good technical challenge because we werenâ€™t using maximum levels of downforce due to the long straights at the start of the lap.
â€œThe organisers were also very accommodating. We suggested a couple of changes to the kerbs at the driversâ€™ briefing on Friday and the changes had been made by Saturday morning.â€
â€œIt was a pretty extraordinary race,â€ says Mark, â€œand itâ€™s closed things up at the top of the world championship. But I absolutely believe that I can win the title. The RB6 is a great car and Iâ€™m going to relish these last two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. To be racing against guys of Fernandoâ€™s calibre is very rewarding and beating them is what sport at this level is all about.â€
So, it’s natural his focus would be on the guy now ahead of him, especially since Alonso is on a solid run of success these past few weeks. But the more ecumenical comment would have included Vettel and Hamilton. A purposeful and calculated exclusion? Or just the natural way Webber would be focused now?
Contrast it to his last post-race website post. Remember? It included this: “I couldn’t let Seb take the triple crown, could I?”