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After seven years of being quicker than his team-mates, Webber last year finally came up against one who was slightly quicker. But impressively, it didn't destroy him

Monaco brought home just what a game of mental strength Formula 1 fundamentally is. It's an often-overlooked but critically important part of the game.

After qualifying, Mark Webber sat in the central press-conference seat, reserved for the pole winner, beaming positive energy. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel sat to his left, only third quickest and clearly deeply disappointed, his whole manner downbeat, the usual sunny disposition just not visible. It was the beginning of his process of rebuilding himself, after a team-mate has taken the same car and - for the second consecutive weekend - driven it quicker.

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