F1 » Webber reflects on Red Bull's turning point


Mark Webber says Singapore upgrades were the turning point for Red Bull in the title race

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JohnO - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 5:05 PM

"innocuous comments from Mark"

If he's not going to say anything other than "innocuous comments", what's the point his his having a column?
It's remarkable to me that no journalist has yet asked him the glaringly obvious question - "What on Earth were you doing trying to run your teammate off the road in Brazil? Why did your team have to call you into the pits to get you to let your teammate past in Abu Dhabi?"

FreeJack - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 7:46 PM

Vettel fans are ridiculous. "Why did your team have to call you into the pits to get you to let your teammate past in Abu Dhabi?" How about this...because Webber isn't Massa, and actually wants to win? Red Bull publicly says, "We let our drivers race." Then pits Webber when it's going to be hard for Vettel to pass him. And then of course, the fanboys blame Webber for not letting the golden boy by. Get real, this is motor racing. As for the "glaringly obvious" question of "trying to run your teammate off the road in Brazil," again...it's motor racing, not a Sunday drive with your grandmother.

blublz

December 02, 2012 9:33 PM

I'm almost certain, red bull led the team championship from the start of the European season, the improvements at the end of the year saw them qualify more consistently near the front, although Webber's performance seemed to suffer relative to Vettel.

Just_Observing - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 11:50 PM

I don't think people really give Webber the credit he deserves... for the first 3rd of the season, while the RB was struggling, he was the more consistent of the 2, finishing ahead of Vettel 5:4 and winning 2:1... once they started getting the car more to Vettel's liking/style you can see the shift and its a shame people don't credit Webber with being part of the team that helps develop the car, especially when its to his overall detriment compared to Vettel

Shannon - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 12:12 AM

Articles like this drive me crazy. I do not expect Weber to give away important secrets but it would be nice if he could at least give us some idea of the kinds of changes/improvements he is talking about. As it stands, we don't know if these miraculous improvements consisted of exotic materials used to make new suspension pieces or just new upholstery for the seat and a new shape for the steering wheel.

The turkey - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 12:52 AM

Shannon - have a look at f1technical.net, in the forums there are hundreds of pages of info about the development of the RB8. Sure a lot of it is speculation but some clear themes emerge - it was mainly about getting the airflow and exhaust gases directed to make the diffuser more efficient (thus bringing back some of the downforce & consistency lost when EBD was banned). The icing on the cake was the "double DRS" later in the season which allowed Vettel to qualify on the front row.

Shannon - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 1:20 AM

Turkey... thanks for the technical reference which I will definitely check-out. Still, I think Weber could be a little more forthcoming with his remarks. I really like the guy but wish he wasn't so cautious when talking about his car.

Pete - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 3:17 AM

It's remarkable to me that no journalist has yet asked him the glaringly obvious question - "What on Earth were you doing trying to run your teammate off the road in Brazil? Why did your team have to call you into the pits to get you to let your teammate past in Abu Dhabi?"

+1. I can't figure out if Webber's IQ is equal to his car number or if he's a stubburn as a mule. Situational awareness is taught at the most novice level of motorsports, but Mark must have skipped over that altogether.

Not a Vettel fanboy, but you can't argue with success. Can't wait for 2014 when Webber will finally be the #1...... as a hotel valet.

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