Mark Webber has admitted that winning the Spanish Grand Prix could be vital to his Formula One championship ambitions after a series of low-scoring results in the 'flyaway' races that opened the 2010 season.

Despite Red Bull Racing's clear pace advantage, the Australian has just one top three result to show for his efforts in the first four rounds, with a mix of bad luck and poor judgement restricting him to a single podium appearance, behind RBR team-mate Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia, and only eighth overall in the standings as F1 returns to Europe.

However, with the revised scoring system employed in the top flight this year, Webber reasons that a couple of good results in the coming races would go a long way to closing the 32-point gap to championship leader Jenson Button, and intends to convert his second pole position of the campaign into victory at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"Every race is definitely important, but we have seen that the 25 points is a nice thing to get on Sunday afternoons, as it is a bit of a buffer over the other two podium spots in terms of points ratio," he commented, "It is certainly no secret that the first four races have not gone amazing for me, especially in terms of the two wet races that we had in Melbourne and Shanghai, [although] Malaysia was pretty solid.

"It is very important [to get a good result here]. I left home the other day and said to my dogs 'hopefully boys, I will bring home quite a big chunk of points for you' so, hopefully, we can start tomorrow. Then we have got Monaco and we are at the track again Thursday. Bang. It is around again quickly and you can gain and lose a lot in the next eight days."

Webber has added incentive to convert pole into victory in Barcelona having seen his previous top spot this season evaporate in the first turn at Sepang, after he left the door too far ajar and allowed Vettel to snatch a lead he would not lose. While no polewinner has won a race in 2010, the Circuit de Catalunya has a record that looks set to buck the trend, with the last nine races there all going the way of the fastest man in qualifying. Despite that, however, he is not taking anything for granted.

"As you know, here in Barcelona, conditions can change quite a bit here and there," he pointed out, "It's a venue all the teams know extremely well, so you don't want to get too complacent with your knowledge of the venue. In the end, driver and team on car number six obviously pulled everything together and today worked well for us.

"It's a sensational result for the team to again lock out the front row. Personally I'm rapt, obviously ecstatic that I've got the pole. It puts me in a nice position for tomorrow, but it's still a long GP. It's one that I'm looking forward to, of course, and it's always nice to get a pole. Sebastian, as I said before, has a good record against me in qualifying - it's always very close, but it's not like he's six or seven tenths down the road - so it was nice today to get it back my way.

"Today was my day, but we have a good long race tomorrow. I'm happy with the car in a race situation, and it's a good position to be in, but there are no points today."

As with the majority of its rivals, Red Bull Racing has brought a raft of developments to Barcelona, and Webber was keen to pay tribute to the team, both at the track and back at base in Milton Keynes.

"The guys, on both sides of the garage, have had about five hours sleep in the last two nights, so they've really worked incredibly hard," he noted, "It goes to show that the effort that they've put into the car is now translating into lap times. [Team principal] Christian [Horner] said to me before qualifying 'you probably won't get to drive a car around here like this too often, so go and enjoy it' - and I did. It was a sensational qualifying session.

"People have to understand that a modern F1 car is not like working on a road car. It's a pretty sophisticated bit of kit, so the guys are working very, very long hours to make even small changes, which can take a while, so the guys are getting the cars as best prepared as they can - firstly on Thursday night, ready for the two practice sessions, and then some of the changes obviously we made overnight were pretty time-consuming, so it's not just the developments that we have here, but it's generally the case that the cars these days are quite time-consuming for the mechanics at the venue. The guys at the factory are giving them great products to put on the car so, collectively, everyone is doing their bit."

Despite RBR's apparent advantage, however, Webber insists that no-one is taking anything for granted, especially with the memory of China still fresh in their minds.

"We are not getting complacent - it's a long championship, and we know that Ferrari and McLaren are sensational outfits, so we're not getting ahead of ourselves at all," he maintained, "We know that we've got to bury ourselves and that's what we continue to do. We've now got to capitalise, in the next few races, on some nice results. No points have changed yet, after today's session. Some points might change tomorrow, so that's our job."


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