Mark Webber insists that heading to a circuit where Red Bull Racing was not expected to do well does not ease the pressure on the Milton Keynes team - even if the likes of McLaren and Ferrari may feel a bigger obligation to do well.

After disappointing in Canada, few gave RBR a chance of taking on McLaren - and a resurgent Ferrari - on the streets of Valencia, but Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel showed in practice that the addition of a reworked F-duct, coupled to other refinements and the powerful 'blown diffuser' on the RB6, could turn the predictions on their head. They duly moved to the front in qualifying, with Vettel annexing pole and Webber taking second, but the Australian insisted that the established frontrunners would still be feeling more strain.

"There is actually more pressure on those guys as they expect to be winning world championships," Webber explained, "For us guys, it is new territory, but it is normal for those teams, Ferrari and McLaren, to be pushing very hard and saying they are going to do this and do that - which is what they have done.

"McLaren have been sensational the last two races, [with] two dominant 1-2s, so the fight is healthy. There is no more pressure on our team than anyone else, so we're just focusing on getting the job done."

Having not qualified lower than second since Bahrain, Webber was especially happy to have kept his record going at a circuit where McLaren and Ferrari - and Renault's Robert Kubica - were expected to have the upper hand.

"It's not one of my best circuits - in fact, I've had a sh*t run here in the past - so I'm happy to be second, to be honest," the Australian admitted, "Seb was strong in the previous years here, and also so far this weekend, but I was surprised that I could be on a similar pace.

"People might say we keep going on about it but, if you look at their eyes, and how hard they have worked, it's a credit to the team. Yes, they're not the only team to be working hard, I realise that, but both Seb and I wouldn't be here without their toil and their hard work. We are the guys who do a little bit of driving, but they're the guys who obviously put the cars together for us, so we're very thankful for them."

Although he was happy to be on the front row, however, Webber admitted that he was frustrated to have been just eight-hundredths of a second - the equivalent of roughly half a metre - behind team-mate Vettel.

"It was a pretty good, uneventful, qualifying session, but I would like it to be the other way around," the Australian, currently 13 points ahead of his team-mate, "But you can't do it all the time, so I'm very happy to be on the front row with Seb.

"It is a credit to the team. Everyone came here and said Red Bull are this, Red Bull are that, but today we have had a good day. It is not one of our strongest circuits - if you think where you would have a race against your opposition, we probably wouldn't choose this one, but let's see how tomorrow goes. I am very optimistic that we are going to have a good race. I could have gone one place better [in qualifying], but I wasn't quick enough today. I am not going to roll out a shopping list of excuses. I just wasn't good enough, so second is all I could do."

Saturday wasn't all good news for Webber, however, as the FIA announced after qualifying that he and Red Bull would be fined EUR10,000 for an unsafe release in the pit-lane, which took the Australian into the path of another car.


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