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04/05/09
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Webber not pointing fingers after Sepang deluge  (GMM)  Mark Webber on Sunday said it is not fair to blame those who scheduled the Malaysian grand prix for the weather-shortened race.

It has been feared all weekend that the 'twilight' start time for the 2009 event, to better serve the bulk European TV audience, was tempting fate given the region's predisposition to evening monsoons.

The field waited in vain on the drenched Sepang grid in torrential conditions after just 32 laps, but ultimately the two-hour limit arrived as the light faded.

"How unexpected!" the sarcastic Toro Rosso press release headline exclaimed.  "Rain in Malaysia in the afternoon!"

But although it was near pitch black when he spoke to reporters, Australian Webber stopped short of pouring scorn on the questionable wisdom of the 'twilight' concept for Malaysia.

"I'm not so sure you can blame the time of day for today's conditions, as the weather was bad at 3pm too," said the Red Bull driver.

Indeed, shortly before noon on Sunday, paddock dwellers were ducking for cover, and the GP2 race had to be delayed by a half hour and then started behind the safety car.

"It seems it was just one of those days," Webber explained.  "It's been the mistiest and coolest day I've ever seen in Malaysia for race day."

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