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Webber leads RBR charge in practice

Not a bad start, that was Mark Webber's verdict after finishing fourth in practice on Friday ahead of this Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, the twelfth round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship.

Webber completed 37 tours in the second session, his best a 1 minute 47.329 seconds, and while he did admit they made a few mistakes with the set-up on his Red Bull-Renault RB5, he was still more than content with the day overall.

"I think that's the most we could have hoped for during today's session," said the Aussie. "You always expect to lose a session in Spa due to the changeable weather conditions and that was the case this morning.

"We had a pretty productive afternoon with plenty to go through. We didn't always move in the right direction, but that's not always a bad thing as we learn from it. So, that's today and now we'll put it all in focus for tomorrow – not a bad start for us."

Sebastian Vettel meanwhile was only tenth in FP2, however he only did 24 laps and sat out the first wet session completely as he is in 'conservation mode', owing to the fact he only has four engines left this year – and only two of those are new units.

"We didn't have so much running time today, especially in the morning, but that was actually quite good for us," he explained. "We knew we would face a difficult Friday as we don't have that much mileage available because of my engine situation, so it was a little bit lucky to have the rain this morning.

"In the afternoon, I felt comfortable with the car, we didn't have any problems and I'm quite happy with the performance. We need to see exactly where we are tomorrow, but I think it's been a good start to the weekend. I love this circuit, it has excellent corners and is a lot of fun."



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sunny103

August 29, 2009 6:40 AM

Yes the engine situation is critical now for S V, He have two high mileage engines and two fresh engines left so it will have to be the minimum of running before a race, Anyhow RBR looks like they are a cut above the rest this Friday. Re the lack of cooling on the RBR causing the engines failures it has been declared by Fabrice Loom of Renault that the RBR runs at the same cooling temperature as Renault does.



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