Webber passed on his congratulations to Nico Rosberg, winner of what turned out to be a gruelling Chinese Grand Prix, where Webber and Vettel placed fourth and fifth respectively.
A poor beginning didn't bode well for Webber. After changing tyres early in the race, Webber made up some ground, but his efforts were frustrated as he was temporarily held up by the long train of cars following Kimi Raikkonen, who was suffering with a worn set of tyres.
However, Webber maintained a positive outlook, satisfied with the twenty-two points gained by the team.
“At the start of the race it looked like we were going to get a loss, but we got somewhere in the end,” said Webber. “Fourth is not bad at all and in the end, we got a handful of points.”
Likewise, defending champion Sebastian Vettel, was relieved to settle for fifth after starting the race in 11th position and being passed by Webber in the final laps.
“We were too slow on the straights,” said Vettel. “I’m pretty happy with fifth, given the poor start and the poor first lap we had.”
Webber congratulated Nico Rosberg on his first victory, saying the Mercedes team is not to be discounted.
"Nico is the big news story of the day," he said. "They were solid and quick and got what they deserved. The win will give them confidence and that's something we have to take from them quick smart."