Webber glad to leave Bahrain following troubled Grand Prix

RED Bull driver Mark Webber has admitted his relief at leaving Bahrain following civil unrest in the Gulf state surrounding the weekend’s Grand Prix.

Webber finished fourth behind team-mate and winner Sebastian Vettel on Sunday but said he was pleased he could depart after security concerns and political controversy surrounded the event. The 2011 race was cancelled after distressing anti-government protests.

“I’m looking forward to getting on a plane,” said Webber. “It’s time to go back to Europe. Yeah, I am pleased the weekend is over. There should be no real celebrations. We can leave. We saw the size of the crowd.”

World champion Vettel, who leads the drivers’ standings with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton second, added the difficulties made it tough to concentrate on the race.

“It is not easy,” he said. “You try to focus on the race, the car and whatever problems you might face. Hopefully we’ll have a good pack-up now and get back home safely.”