F1 » Webber: Looking good for the race

Mark Webber: We spoke before qualifying and decided that, as tomorrow is going to be a long race, every lap you could save today might help tomorrow. It turns out that we're in the best possible grid positions and the team did a good job, as we have saved a set of tyres too, so it's looking good.

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Jim - Unregistered

May 07, 2011 5:41 PM

I find it very amusing that Webber is 0.4s slower than vettel and he has the updates on his car, as Vettel wrapped his up in FP1! Probably closer to 0.7s slower in the same spec car!

Grant - Unregistered

May 07, 2011 11:27 PM

Have you noticed that last year, Webber would on occasion beat Vettel for pole? And when he didn't there was minimal time difference between the two drivers (regardless of who was faster). This year, the margins are always much bigger and Vettel is always faster... It appears what Horner said last year is true... They are building the car around Vettel. Either that or since last year, Webbers skill level has dropped right off and he just isn't good enough anymore... I don't reckon Webber's skill level could drop off that much in 6 months....

cmc1 - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 12:53 AM

Everyone in the field has to beat Vettel.

So if Mark has an inferior car or diminishing team support, so be it. You just find a way.

Hamilton did so in China. And if Mark is in an equal car with the same support as Vettel the same applies.

Oh yeh, and then there is Helmut Marko.

pukka - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 12:55 AM

It is standard that you build a bike around the #1 driver, last season it was undecided even if the media made the decision but this yr it is no doubt. MW has a 1 yr agreement and SV is there to stay, younger and champ. Who do you build around to secure your future - IOW to keep the younger winning driver.

Sparky62 - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 1:19 AM

A few races in and the first time Mark has had a trouble free practice and qualifying and because his team mate did a single lap faster his skill level has fallen off? Who says the new parts are faster? Surely a lot of Mark's practice was assessing the new parts rather than race setup? If they did two qualifying laps, who says Webber would not have matched Vettel or been a lot closer. Webber has had the fastest laps during the races,of any driver, so how does this translate to his skill being less? Idiots.


May 08, 2011 5:13 AM


I thought that since the F2 and F3 were also racing this weekend at Istanbull Park, the track is much cleaner than has been the case in the first three races this season. Doesn't that mean the dirty side will not be such an issue?

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