Nico Rosberg secured another spot on the podium with a solid third place in Abu Dhabi, behind the two Red Bulls.
Rosberg ran second initially, but lost out to Weber when he got caught out behind Paul Di Resta, who was ahead after not yet pitting.
“Third place is good,” said Rosberg. “The aim for the weekend was to be best of the rest behind the Red Bulls and that’s worked out – even though second place would have been possible in a perfect world today. Mark just got me with Di Resta. Little bit disappointing on that one, but otherwise of course I’m very happy.
“The main thing was that I got my balance wrong in the car for that second stint and that’s why I just wasn’t as quick as I was hoping. And I was just struggling a bit to get past the Toro Rosso and then Paul di Resta. I gave it a shot down into Turn Eight, used all my KERS up and I wasn’t able to do it, and Mark got me on the next one. So, definitely that was unfortunate, but that’s the way it is. Anyway, third place is still a very good result. Lots of points.”
Mercedes is now 11 points clear of Ferrari in the battle for second place in the championship, having gained seven today.
“I was very happy to hear that we took some more points off them again and that we’re edging away from them. That’s the most important thing for us at the moment – just to finish second in the Constructors’. It’s just much more money for next year but also motivation for everybody. If everybody in the factory can see that we built the second-best car this year, that’s just a massive boost.”Formula 1, Mercedes, Nico Rosberg, Video