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Post-race press conference - British GP - Pt.2

Obviously we got some confidence with our car in Valencia. I think that before then, we'd been finding our way with the new regulations, but I think we understood a little bit more about the RB8 in Valencia, and that has been an on-going process here. Potential is an over-used word but we've got to try and get the most out of the car in all conditions. I think we've definitely improved the car from Barcelona, this is an even quicker circuit, and also what you have to keep in mind is if you're a little bit out of the balance window here – not with the tyres but I mean balance chassis-wise - aerodynamically around here you are in big big trouble, so we had to tune the car as everyone did, as the weekend went on. We learned a lot in P3, the only dry running we had, so I think we're very happy with the car around here. Probably not had the advantage that we had in… obviously Seb had a clean Grand Prix. I was in a bit of traffic but Valencia was probably a bit stronger, but here we won the race. So it turned out OK. Fernando wasn't slow, but I think the team's done a great performance with the car here.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Mark, this morning you told me that wet conditions would be better for you, given the temperature. Do you think that the temperature increase at the end affected your performance a little bit?

Mark Webber:
When I saw you this morning, we only had the (dry) running from P3, which, to be honest, wasn't particularly smooth sailing for us. We had a look at what Fernando had done in that session and he looked very good on balance and his sectors were pretty strong, taking into account fuel loads or whatever, we thought Fernando looked pretty good, so we had that in mind, going into the race, obviously, how we would go. Don't forget last year as well; he gave us a hiding during the Grand Prix as well through balance and overall high speed performance and grip, if you like, so Ferrari has always been pretty strong here, and Fernando as well. So in the end, a little bit surprised that we were maybe as competitive as we were in the dry, but hey, it's a great problem to have and we put together a great Grand Prix today.

Q: (Sean McGreevy – CSMA Club Magazine).
Mark, you're consistently successful at Silverstone. What do you enjoy, what do you like about racing here?

Mark Webber:
Well, this morning I took the dogs for a run. The good thing about going home to them is that they don't know if I've had a shit day or a good day, they're always happy to see me. It's good to be staying at home. All of us know how much we love hotels so it's just good to be at home and even though it's my job and it's all sportsmen and women's jobs to enjoy - whether you're a golfer, tennis player, racing driver – you have to enjoy or get the most out of every venue that you race at but it's only natural that there is... like Fernando in Barcelona, there is that extra little bit that makes you a little bit more relaxed and a bit more comfortable, which you try and replicate at every single Grand Prix, but with all due respect, it's not the same at Hockenheim. I love racing everywhere but here it's extra special. As I say, I won my first race here in '96 in a Formula Ford so the love affair continues.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Sebastian, when you look at your lap times, you were OK in sector one and three, maybe even the fastest, but you were consistently lost out in sector two. What was the problem there?

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't know. I got told we lose a little bit too much in the second sector. We probably had a little bit of trouble in the fast stuff at the end of the race, so I think all in all we were quite competitive, but yes, we lost out in the second sector so we need to see why that was. Generally I felt pretty happy. In the last stint, to be honest, I wasn't so happy with the car, I picked up a lot of vibrations. I don't know why as I didn't have a lock-up or anything. We need to have a look why that was. I have one question: does anybody have a clue about the tennis? What's the score? Three all in the first set.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Mark, you said that from the outside the race was not spectacular; what is the main difficulty for you during that race? Managing the tyres, the start, overtaking Fernando?

Mark Webber:
Yes, understanding the pace to do and to have the range to split the race evenly, for a two stop Grand Prix. That was the main focus, to make sure that I could get to the stop lap which the guys were trying to predict me to hit, which pit stop lap they wanted me to hit, and get there with the best combination of pace and tyre life. Ultimately that is the best way to get to the chequered flag. Obviously you put a lot of faith in the pit wall. The guys are helping you to work out what level of pace you run at, and also balancing the car at the pit stops was important, working with the guys on the front wing. We made quite a big adjustment at the first stop after my first stint and then I was much happy with the car in the second and third stints.

Q: (Manuel Franco - AS).
Fernando and Sebastian, is the second victory for Mark and second in the championship a surprise for you?

Fernando Alonso:
No, not really. I think Mark had a difficult season last year with a little bit too big a difference than normal with Sebastian, but in 2010 he was leading the championship until Korea so he's not new in this position of fighting for the World Championships. This year, with all the tricky conditions and all the different winners we saw in this strange championship so far, I think Mark is good with those difficulties.

Sebastian Vettel:
Not much to add. Obviously I have the advantage in that he's in the same team so I can see what he's doing but I don't think it's a surprise.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Corriere Della Sera).




Related Pictures

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08.07.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner
08.07.2012- Race, 1st position Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8, 2nd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and 3rd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
08.07.2012- Race, 3rd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner

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