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Webber: Winning for first time can only help.


Mark Webber has echoed those who claim that a second grand prix victory - and more - should come more easily now that he has taken his first, but admits that it would be 'unrealistic' to believe that Red Bull Racing's recent dominance will continue to the end of the season.

The Australian was inundated with congratulatory messages following his Nurburgring success on Sunday, and has hardly been able to stop for breath since, with charitable and media engagements interrupting his aim of being able to celebrate with the 'backroom boys' in Milton Keynes, but Webber admits that he is still revelling in his achievement.

"Absolutely," he grins, "It was a very special day. Personally, it was very nice, but the fact that the team also got another one-two seems to have got ignored. That was also very important. We've made the most out of the last couple of races, we couldn't have done better. I'd had two second places, so I knew the momentum was with me and now I've got the win. It's just great to finally get the victory, to get the monkey off my back."

Having knocked around in cars that failed to support his ability, Webber will be acutely aware that other drivers found success relatively late in their careers and went on to bigger and better things, and eagerly acknowledges that, having broken through into the winners' circle, the psychology of winning should be easier to handle.

"It's probably true that the sense of relief is almost bigger than the sense of achievement," he admitted, "I've done a lot of races and, for a huge majority of them, I didn't have a chance of winning because the car wasn't up to it - and, also, they featured a guy called Michael Schumacher and he tended to do a bit of damage himself. In that era, you needed to be in a Ferrari or a McLaren but, now, in this new era of F1, there are other teams in the mix and I am very happy that the situation with Red Bull Racing means we are in a position to challenge for podiums and wins at every grand prix - as long as we get things right.

"I've now crossed the uncharted waters of pole position and a victory, so that can only help - it can't be a hindrance, that's for sure. To lead and not be the chaser was a first for me, and I hope that the momentum can continue, even if there is no doubt that there will be some tough races in the future. But getting this first win means that when it's close, the races might seem more straightforward for me."

Much has been made, especially when Sebastian Vettel was the only race winner on the books, about whether Red Bull should be favouring one driver over the other, but Webber's win in Germany prompted team boss Christian Horner to confirm that the policy of equality would remain - something that the Australian is happy about.

"The good thing is that [the situation] is incredibly straightforward," he insisted, "All we drivers and the team have to do is turn up and try to do the best job we can. We know how important Saturday's qualifying is and, maybe one day, that part of the weekend might not go as smoothly as planned for either myself or Sebastian. Plus there are other rivals mixed into that, so it's not just a straight fight between the two of us.

"Sebastian and I might come across each other quite a bit in the races, and that will be reflected in the points tally. It will continue to see-saw either way until one of us has a blip in performance. It's unrealistic to expect us to have one-two finishes through to the end of the year, and there will be interesting grands prix to come. For the team, it's an incredible position to have both its drivers on virtually equal points, which bodes very well for the constructors' championship, [even if] Jenson [Button] is our big hurdle in the drivers', as he is two grands prix in the lead in terms of points."




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Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull RB5 & Red Bull Racing Celebrate 1-2, German F1 Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 10-12th, July 2009
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F1init - Unregistered

July 15, 2009 1:05 PM

C'mon. Webber is a 3rd rate driver who lucked in at the weekend. He's also a blabber mouth who spouts off about other drivers to often when he should realise that most are far better thrn him at doing the job. Vetel will nail him time and time again. He won, but he's not star quality.

Hunter - Unregistered

July 16, 2009 1:54 AM

MW has beaten all team mates in F1 in equal equipment. A well deserved and overdue win now that he has a competitive car. Hhe has finished ahead of his teammate every year including so far in 2009 Other than retirments of both MW and teammate. 2002 11/3 2003 10/2 2004 10/6 2005 10/7 2006 7/5 2007 9/7 2008 13/4 2009 6/3 Career 76/37



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