Mark Webber admitted it was his fault to miss out on second place in the European Grand Prix, but the Australian was very happy with his performance during the weekend.
Webber finished in third position, behind teammate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, after deciding to pit before the Spanish driver in his final stop. The move did not pay off and Alonso, who was right in front of Webber before the pit stop, managed to make his stop and open a 17-second gap in the end.
Webber admitted it was his fault to pit when he did, a decision he reckons cost him second.
"I think we should have [finished second] but in the end we didn't," said Webber. "It was probably my best race of the year, to be honest. It was quite close with all three of us. We were trying to manage tires. I was very, very happy with how the race was going -- and it was my fault, basically.
"I was right about Fernando coming underneath me in the stop and did not know how the medium would perform on the out lap. That is the risk I decided to take; we lost out.
"My fault to miss second today. All of us nip and tuck. In the end the gearbox was playing up. We had massive gap to McLaren so could cruise to the end."
The Red Bull driver, however, was encouraged by his own performance and has vowed to be stronger in the next race.
"I think we saw today was the closest I've been for a while. I am getting better, up until the last 15 percent, that is the way it goes. It's fine-line racing against those guys. I am happy with my performance and I will come back better at the next race."