F1 »

Webber: Clean weekends and consistency the key for Red Bull

Ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona and with the disappointment of China still fresh in the memory, Mark Webber tells Crash.net how he knows Red Bull is capable of clinching the F1 2010 crown
Mark Webber has acknowledged that Red Bull Racing needs to start putting all the pieces of the jigsaw together if it is to successfully fulfil its manifest potential by challenging for the F1 2010 drivers' and constructors' world championship laurels – but the Australian insists he is 'very' confident the energy drinks-backed outfit can do just that.

In terms of out-and-out speed, the Adrian Newey-penned, Renault-powered Red Bull RB6 has been the indisputable benchmark throughout the opening four grands prix of the campaign, with Sebastian Vettel storming to pole position in Bahrain, Australia and China – and Webber completing that raw pace domination with the same result in Malaysia.

However, due to various issues – a faulty spark plug on Vettel's car in Bahrain, a wheel-fixing problem for the young German in Melbourne, some scrappy showings from Webber and a perhaps rather more alarming lack of competitiveness when the rain came down in Shanghai, scene of a commanding breakthrough triumph twelve months previously in torrential conditions – the scoreboard to-date does not reflect what the Milton Keynes-based squad looks to be capable of.

When all has gone to-plan, however, RBR and its two drivers have been peerless, with an unrivalled one-two in Sepang vaulting them firmly back into the title reckoning. Early-season points might have been squandered and the stage might be set for a four-way dogfight between leading contenders Red Bull, McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari and Mercedes Grand Prix – but Webber is insistent that once it gets its act together, the former can do the business.

“We've got awesome guys at our base and we know what we need to improve on,” the New South Wales native told Crash.net Radio. “China was a challenging grand prix, and we know we've probably got to improve the car in those sorts of conditions. That is certainly achievable, though, and we can work on those areas to get us clean results on Sundays, which is when the points are awarded.

“You can say one team [is the title favourite] now, and then in two weeks it changes – you could have said Ferrari after Bahrain, and then two weeks later it's McLaren. It moves around weekly, but our goal is to be consistent. We've got a brilliant base – which is a fast car – and Seb and I are asking for the same things from it development-wise, which is good. We're looking forward and we've just got to keep knocking on that door – and those Malaysian results will come our way again.”

Having endured something of a Trains, Planes and Automobiles style trip back from Shanghai in the wake of the Icelandic volcanic eruption and resultant global travel chaos – including a misplaced passport when he got to Glasgow Airport, causing Webber to quip that 'there was a little bit of extra documentation but they were very nice and they knew I had no other agendas entering the country, so I was let in...a bit of common sense prevailed, which doesn't happen too often these days' – the 33-year-old is now aiming high in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, what he hopes will not be 'Bore-rain' part two...

“Let's hope it's a good, clean weekend for us and that we get a top result,” he affirmed. “Let's hope the racing is also interesting. The drivers are mindful of the fact that we don't want too many boring grands prix, and we do our best to make the racing interesting because we're trying to race each other – but sometimes it's not that exciting round Barcelona. If we're out in front, obviously, I'm not too bothered about how exciting it is, but it should be a good show.”

One circuit that the man from Queanbeyan is sure will provide 'a good show', finally, is Silverstone's new 'Arena Grand Prix' layout, officially inaugurated by HRH The Duke of York last week and having drawn a largely positive response from those to have lapped it thus far.

by Russell Atkins

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB 6
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB 6
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB 6
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB 6
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 leads Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 2nd position
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB 6
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB 6
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, The race stopped, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and the Safety car
25.06.2017 - Race, The race stopped
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, The Safety car and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
25.06.2017 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and the Safety car

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


May 06, 2010 10:26 PM

@SS, Not a big fan of his! I understand what he went through to get where he is and respect him for it. He never paid to drive as was explained to me by someone from ozzzie so I dont know........... good luck Mark?

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.