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Webber: I need to improve qualifying

Mark Webber targets an improvement in qualifying with Red Bull's new RB7

Mark Webber insists he needs to improve his qualifying performance in 2011 if he is to make amends for the disappointment of missing out on the 2010 F1 title.

Despite leading the standings heading into the final races of the year, the Australian ultimately had to settle for third after a difficult end to the campaign - which included a retirement in Korea and a below-par final round in Abu Dhabi.

However, while he admits that there are improvements to be made, the Red Bull driver insists that there is no need to huge changes going into 2011 with the 'small things' being enough to help raise his game.

“2010 was my best year in F1, with a lot of big boxes ticked along the way,” he said. “It was shame I didn't manage to pull the Championship off, but it was still very rewarding to be competing for it until the very end. Ultimately, I think qualifying is the area where the Championship slipped away and that's something I will definitely be looking to address this season.

“Having said that, there were many things that we did absolutely right last year and there's no point in saying 'we must change everything'. You fix the small things that went missing along the way and match those to the good things that were achieved and that's what hopefully makes you up your game.

“The fact that I had my best season last year does make you hungrier. I just missed out in the end last year, so if the package does come together again this year, and the chance of another run at the title is there, then we'll do everything in our power to take it.”

Webber will sample the new RB7 for the first time later this week in Valencia and he admitted that the he couldn't hope for a better team to be behind him working on the new car.

“We've seen in the last few years in F1 that they make big regulation changes every year and that's something we, as a team, need to be on top of,” he said. “In Adrian Newey, we've got someone who's better able to roll with those kind of punches than almost anyone else in Formula One,” he adds. “He's absolutely brilliant at interpreting new regulations and I think I'd rather have Adrian in our corner than almost anybody else.”



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Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel with the Red Bull RB7 [Pic credit: Red Bull]
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